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 Copenhagen invited interdisciplinary teams from around the world to submit their ideas for what infrastructure art of sustainable cities looks like. The invitation was to envision public art that provides utility-scale clean energy to the grid.

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.

Download the CPH 2025 Climate Plan here.

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.

The view to the site from the Langelinie and the cherished statue of the Little Mermaid provided a beautiful canvas on which to create.

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, exhibition, and book launch was held in Copenhagen in the fall of 2014 in partnership with the Danish Design Centre at the Design Society.

Various community events were held in Denmark in collaboration with project partners and we worked again with Prestel publishing to create a beautiful publication that includes 60 of the top submissions, along with essays by leaders in the fields of architecture, art, renewable energy, urban planning, and more.