The free and open international design competition process provides an opportunity for creative minds around the world to reflect on the nature of energy infrastructures and what they can aspire to be in their built form. How can they integrate themselves into our cities in ways that enhance public space, educate, and inspire? The participants in the biennial LAGI design competitions have made the project successful by presenting to the world hundreds of positive visions of our clean energy future.

LAGI 2010: Dubai & Abu Dhabi

In January of 2010 LAGI placed our first international call to artists, architects, scientists, and engineers to come up with both aesthetic and pragmatic solutions for 21st century energy challenges.

The design brief for the LAGI design competition contains the following baseline requirements—the artwork is to capture energy from nature, cleanly convert it into electricity, and transform and transmit the electrical power to a grid connection point to be supplied by the city. Consideration could be made for the safety of the viewing public and for the educational activities that may occur on site. The design should be constructible (rather than theoretical), and it must respect the natural ecosystem of the design sites.

The 2010 LAGI design competition was held for three sites in the UAE and we received hundreds of submissions from over 40 countries. The 2010 portfolio of submissions can be viewed here.

We are honored that the exhibition at the World Future Energy Summit, as well as the prize for the winning design of the 2010 Land Art Generator Initiative's first international design competition was sponsored by MASDAR.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon touring the LAGI 2010 Exhibition at WFES 2011
Photo by Roger White

More photos of the LAGI exhibition at WFES can be found here.

LAGI 2012: New York City, Freshkills Park

In partnership with New York City's Department of Parks & Recreation, the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition was held for a site within Freshkills Park (the former Fresh Kills Landfill) in New York City.

LAGI 2012 was an ideas competition to design a site-specific public artwork that, in addition to its conceptual beauty, has the ability to harness energy cleanly from nature and convert it to electricity for the utility grid.

We received 250 submissions from teams around the world that can be viewed in our online portfolio.

The expansiveness of the design site at Freshkills Park presents the opportunity to power the equivalent of thousands of homes with the artwork. The stunning beauty of the reclaimed landscape and the dramatic backdrop of the Manhattan skyline will provide an opportune setting from which to be inspired, and it offers the perfect environment for a showcase example of the immense potential of aesthetically interesting renewable energy installations for sustainable urban planning.

At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. The transformation of what was formerly the world’s largest landfill into a productive and beautiful cultural destination will make the park a symbol of renewal and an expression of how our society can restore balance to its landscape.

In addition to providing a wide range of recreational opportunities, including many uncommon in the city, the park’s design, ecological restoration and cultural and educational programming will emphasize environmental sustainability and a renewed public concern for our human impact on the earth. - FRESHKILLS PARK

LAGI 2016: Santa Monica
We were thrilled to hold the fourth international Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition for the City of Santa Monica.

Every two years, as the events of the previous competition are still unfolding, we begin a search for the next LAGI design site. Each time we seek an inspiring location that offers artists and designers a novel canvas upon which to create. Without a doubt, the LAGI 2016 design site offered the most versatile and amazing opportunity yet. Adjacent to one of the world’s historic cultural landmarks, and with the full power of the Southern California sun, the coastal winds, and the Pacific Ocean waves and tides, there is nothing to limit the imagination.

The competition winners will be announced in October 2016!

LAGI 2014: Copenhagen

The Land Art Generator Initiative and Refshaleøen Holding held the LAGI 2014 ideas competition in Copenhagen in partnership with IT University of Copenhagen, Danish Design Centre, Green Cities, Sharing Copenhagen, Information Studies at Aarhus University, and Alexandra Institute.

LAGI 2014 came to Copenhagen at an opportune moment. As the city (the European Green Capital of 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.

The LAGI 2014 jury was comprised of civic leaders within the fields of many disciplines, including architecture, urban design, energy industry, art, and ecology.

The design 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 informed the design proposals.

LAGI 2014 partnered with the Green Cities Municipalities (including Albertslund, Herning, Allerød, and Kolding) of Denmark for additional opportunities for teams, which were outlined more in depth in the Design Guidelines.

The award ceremony and exhibition was held in Copenhagen in the fall of 2014 at the Danish Design Centre. Various community events were held throughout Denmark in collaboration with project partners.

All competition questions should be addressed to