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June 2013

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the event on Wednesday night at Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. We had a great time and we hope you did too.

For those of you who were unable to make it, please note that the exhibit will be up until August 30, and Regenerative Infrastructures is available at all retail outlets, especially City Store, where your purchase will directly benefit the City of New York (and its beautiful parks). A huge thank you to Jennifer Lantzas, Public Art Coordinator at Arsenal Gallery, for making the exhibition happen.

Thanks to Paul Schifino, whose graphic design makes Regenerative Infrastructures as beautiful as the artists’ ideas that it contains.


LAGI 2014 Copenhagen

What if our cities were powered by artfully designed clean energy generators? Is there an important role for public art to play in the new smart city?

In a focused effort to provide some interesting answers to these questions, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) and Refshaleøen Holding are thrilled to announce that the LAGI 2014 ideas competition will be held in Copenhagen in partnership with IT University of Copenhagen, Refshaleøen Holding, Albertslund Municipality, Danish Architecture Centre, The Alexandra Institute, and Information Studies at Aarhus University.

LAGI is especially pleased to be working closely with the Copenhagen based team: Lea Schick (Project Manager), Anne Sophie Witzke (Curator), Trine Plambech (Innovation Specialist), and Ida Egedal Henriksson towards a successful 2014 competition. They all add great depth to the LAGI project and without their dedication LAGI 2014 would not be possible.

LAGI 2014 Design Competition could not come to Copenhagen at a more opportune moment! As the city (the European Green Capital in 2014) moves towards carbon neutral status by 2025 the debate over the aesthetic manifestation and human interaction component of our new energy infrastructure is becoming increasingly important to the planning strategies required to attain zero-carbon sustainability goals.

Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy, and Building states:

Land Art Generator Initiative provides new and exciting proposals for approaching the green transition. We saw in the previous exhibitions in Dubai in 2010 and New York City in 2012, where creative forces of art, architecture, and engineering together brought forth innovative ideas, concepts, and solutions that can produce green energy while being integrated to beautify the local environment.

LAGI 2014 CPH will invite interdisciplinary teams from around the world to submit their ideas for what infrastructure art of sustainable cities looks like. The challenge will be to envision public art that provides renewable energy to the grid, integrates with smart city data monitoring, cleans the air around them, and in other ways provides ecologically symbiotic services to the people of Copenhagen.

The jury will be comprised of civic leaders within the fields of many disciplines, including architecture, urban design, energy industry, art, and ecology.

The site—Refshaleøen—at its height, was a shipyard that employed 8,000 individuals and is poised to be an important area for new development within the city. The rich historical context of the site, and its place in Copenhagen’s future will inform the design proposals. And the view to the site from the Langelinie and the cherished statue of the Little Mermaid provides a beautiful canvas on which to create.

The Design Guidelines will be released on January 1, 2014 and the competition will close in May of 2014. The award ceremony and exhibition will be in Copenhagen in the fall of 2014 at the Danish Architecture Centre and on site at Refshaleøen. Various community events will be held Copenhagen in collaboration with project partners.

According to Elizabeth Monoian, co-founder of LAGI:

The interdisciplinary nature of the design challenge has led to proposals that are innovative in their approach to both science and art, and has generated a global community of designers who are focused on addressing these important issues through their work.

LAGI has held two international competitions that have thus far inspired around 400 concepts for new ways of thinking about both public art and renewable energy generation. The first LAGI competition was held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2010 and saw submissions from 40 countries. A partnership with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation in 2012 brought a second and increasingly successful design competition for Freshkills Park (the former Fresh Kills Landfill).

Elizabeth anticipates that:

LAGI 2014 will see many more submissions than previous competitions, as Copenhagen’s green initiatives are continuously setting the standard for the world to follow.

Presenting the power plant as public artwork—simultaneously enhancing the community, increasing livability, providing an venue for learning, and stimulating local economic development—is a way to address a variety of issues from the perspective of the ecologically concerned artist and designer. By nature of its functional utility, the work also sets itself into many other overlapping disciplines from architecture and urban design to mechanical engineering and environmental science. This interdisciplinary result has the effect of both enhancing the level of innovation and broadening the audience for the work.

About Refshaleøen
Refshaleøen was constructed and founded as the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in 1872. The former shipyard area comprises 500.000 m2 of landfill grounds and 71.000 m2 of existing building structures from the shipyard era, including the well-known gigantic Section Halls.

Refshaleøen is not yet ready for city development, but is instead flourishing with temporary creative business projects and recreative activities as well as music and cultural events—all pointing toward a vision for the future. The ambition is to use this temporary period intelligently by testing, experimenting, and thereby creating a social and cultural infrastructure that will integrate itself into the future development. The area attracts a lot of exciting projects, i.e. the world’s highest climbing facility, Amass Restaurant, Shipyard Gallery, film studios, artist workshops, and much more. Refshaleøen aims at becoming an integral part of the green city and is attracting projects that work creatively towards a sustainable future.

For more information about Reshaleøen, please visit: http://refshaleoen.dk

LAGI 2014 Partners


A collaboration between The Sphelar Power Corporation and the design studio graf, these beautiful lanterns use the unique micro-spherical solar cell technology originally developed by the Kyosemi Corporation.

Sphelar works by capturing light from all directions. The small bead-like collectors can be arranged in series to create a simple and beautiful texture within glass or plastic, or spread on any other substrate, such as fabric.

The Sphelar Lantern also comes with a usb connection in case you forget to put it out during the day. It is an elegant hourglass shape and plays on that form—when flipped over, the lantern turns on with a nice soft candlelight glow.

The middle band, hand crafted in Hokkaido, is available in walnut or birch. You can find a list of shops that sell it here.

Sphelar is also currently working on a garden light with a similar design, and developing the world’s first energy-harvesting textiles!

If you are familiar with the Land Art Generator Initiative, you’ll recall that two of the LAGI 2010 design entries incorporated Sphelar solar technology into their proposals. It really is an interesting technological medium that can be used in versatile and sculptural forms:

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We are looking forward to our Regenerative Infrastructures book launch and exhibition of LAGI 2012 NYC winning and shortlisted submissions at Arsenal Gallery! There will be several related events as listed below.

Land Art Generator Initiative: Freshkills Park
Opening Reception and Book Launch
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Arsenal Gallery
The Arsenal Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street
Third Floor
New York City

Exhibition open from: June 27 – August 30, 2013

Related Gallery Programs

Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 p.m.
Lecture about Freshkills Park and its future
with Angelyn Chandler, NYC Parks & Recreation, Freshkills Park Capital Program Manager

Thursday, July 25, 6:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Urban Energy Generation and Public Space
with Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, LAGI; Anne Guiney, Institute for Urban Design; and Jennifer Sage, Peter Coombe, Andrew Kao, and Allen Slamic, of Sage and Coombe Architects

Wednesday, August 7, 6:00 p.m.
Staten Island Trivia Night: “I’d Tap That: Staten Island’s Untapped Resources”
with Melanie Cohn, Staten Island Arts

Thursday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
Reading with Ann Rosenthal, contributor to Regenerative Infrastructures
published by Prestel.

Park Tour
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
Tour of Freshkills Park, Staten Island


Invite Image:
Scene-Sensor // Crossing Social and Ecological Flows
James Murray & Shota Vashakmadze

The publication, Regenerative Infrastructures, was made possible with the support of Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


LAGI is thrilled to be working with Kate Bayer, M.Ed, CFRE.

Kate’s many years navigating the Pittsburgh foundation and non-profit world make her the perfect team member!

Kate has twenty-seven years of progressive management experience in nonprofit organizations including program development and fundraising. Her background in education has included teaching in both the public and nonprofit sectors. Her signature career achievement was the implementation of a hydroponic greenhouse project at Milestone Centers, Inc. This state-of-the-art 3500 square foot greenhouse was designed to create employment opportunities for disabled adults and produce specialty lettuce marketed to high-end Pittsburgh restaurants and consumers. Her fundraising experience includes grant-writing, annual campaigns and mission-related events. In seven years Kate and her department generated an additional $3 million in funds to their organization.

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