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November 2012

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We are pleased to announce the May 2013 release of Regenerative Infrastructures. The book will be published by Prestel (a division of Random House), and is being designed by Schifino Design.

In addition to detailing 65 of the 2012 LAGI competition entries, it will also contain eight thoughtful essays on subjects related to sustainable infrastructure and urban space.

click on the image above for a link to Prestel’s full 2013 catalog

We’ll provide more information about the contributing authors and the included projects early in the new year.

From the Spring 2013 Prestel Catalog:

240 pages with 250 illustrations
11 x 9 in. / 28 x 23 cm
US$49.95 £35 Can.$54.95
Publication date: May 2013

Formerly a symbol of immense urban waste, the Fresh Kills Landfill is being transformed into an enormous parkland that is destined to exemplify the values of ecological restoration and environmental sustainability. Part of that transformation includes a competition for a site-specific public artwork designed to operate as a source of clean energy for the city utility grid. This volume features many of the top submissions to the Land Art Generator Initiative, which aims to create sustainable design solutions that integrate art and technology into renewable energy infrastructure around the world. The book draws a much needed connection between the two critical issues of sustainable development—energy generation and waste management—highlighting solutions that address both problems at once, thereby creating economically beneficial hybrid utility installations.

CAROLINE KLEIN is an architect and freelance author and editor for international architectural magazines and publishing houses. THE LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE, founded in 2010 by Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, brings together artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, and engineers to advance sustainable design solutions for large-scale renewable energy infrastructure.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to last week’s exhibit opening and award celebration at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan Street). By our best estimation there were well over 200 people in attendance for the opening. The exhibit, which was up for one a week following the opening officially closes today.

Our thanks goes out to all who helped to make the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative possible. The results are really quite impressive, and they show what kind of innovation is possible through interdisciplinary collaboration.

We hope you’ll take some time to look through all of the entries to both the 2010 and 2012 editions of the LAGI design competition. Collectively, the participating teams are setting out an example of how beautifully sustainable energy infrastructure can be integrated into the fabric of our constructed environments.

Congratulations to the winning teams! You can read more about their amazing work via these links: First Place Award, Second Place Award, Third Place Mention, Fourth Place Mention

Below are some photographs of the October 25th event. Special thanks to totolici.com. Our dear friends (and professional photographers) Joanna Totolici and Teo Totolici have generously provided us with this wonderful documentation of the event.

You can use this link to see all of the photos in the set.

top-left: Eloise Hirsh, Freshkills Park Administrator, speaking about the importance of public art and sustainability to the Freshkills Park reclamation and planning process

Emeka Nnadi and Scott Rosin (of Nadi Design Studio, Winnipeg), accepting the Fourth Place Mention award for 99 Red Balloons

Ben Smith and Vee Hu, the team behind PIVOT, winners of the Third Place Mention award from the LAGI 2012 jury

Matthew Rosenberg (M-Rad Design Studio)accepting the Second Place award for Fresh Hills

James Murray and Shota Vashakmadze accepting the First Place Award for Scene-Sensor // Crossing Social and Ecological Flows

The crowd extended out the door and onto the street.

Below are some more quick pics of less-professional origin. 🙂

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