LAGI 2014


LAGI 2014
site typology: brownfield


LAGI 2014 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 into electricity for the utility 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.


"Land Art Generator 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."
Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy, and Building



LAGI 2014 Supporters


Region Hovedstaden






The Culture and Leisure Committee
for the City of Copenhagen



Dreyers Fond





LAGI 2014 Partners


IT University of Copenhagen

The IT University of Copenhagen is an independent educational and research institution, dedicated to the digital world. The university works to make Denmark exceptionally good at making value through IT by providing contemporary study programs and research at the highest academic level. At the IT University LAGI is positioned in the research group Energy Futures. Energy Futures is a network of computer scientists, software engineers, interaction designers, media and communication scholars and social scientists focused on prototyping together a range of possible fossil-free energy futures. The research activities are positioned at the boundary between the technical, design, social and business aspects of IT and energy.


Refshaleøen Holding

Refshaleøen is an island in Copenhagen’s harbor, which until 1996 housed the shipyard Burmeister & Wain. At its height, the shipyard employed 8,000 employees, and appears as an icon of Danish industrial history. A portion of the island was reclaimed in the 1870s when the port’s waterways were made deeper.


The many shipyard workers today have been replaced with a mixture of creative entrepreneurs, small craft, flea markets, storage facilities, and cultural and recreational uses.


Danish Design Centre

The Danish Design Centre is an independent, government-funded organization established in 1978. DDC’s focus in relation to the design community and business sector is on collecting, communicating and testing knowledge about the main factors that influence design and how design can continue to be a driver for innovation and growth in the future. The DDC is working with these topics in close cooperation with designers, partners, sponsors, businesses and audiences both nationally and internationally. The aim is to strengthen society’s capacity through design and—in a contemporary way—to carry on, enhance and renew the Danish design tradition. The DDC’s mantra is “design that makes sense”, and its key knowledge areas are new materials, new technology, and big data.


Information Studies at Aarhus University


Alexandra Institute

Alexandra Institute creates IT-based products and services that generate social value and contribute to economic growth. Alexandra Institute's work responds to issues of social relevance—primarily the needs of businesses and organisations to get access to the latest research results—with the aim of creating research-based user-driven innovations. Alexandra Institute is one of Denmark’s nine members of GTS - Advanced Technology Group, a network of independent Danish research and technology organisations. Its primary focus is pervasive computing, i.e. ICT embedded into products and surroundings. They offer Denmark's strongest and most comprehensive competences within the development and application of pervasive computing technologies.


Green Cities

Green Cities – for Municipalities and the Environment is a visionary and binding partnership agreement between member municipalities that work to ensure sustainability and to make an extra effort to preserve the environment. The municipalities of Albertslund, Ballerup and Copenhagen initiated the partnership in 2000, and Herning, Kolding and Allerød joined later.


Environmental benchmarks are set up for each objective, and the member municipalities are all working towards achieving these objectives. This has helped us in getting closer to realizing our vision of sustainability. In recent years the objectives have been interpreted in a number of different ways, and we now wish to specify and make our environmental profile more stringent.


Shawati' Magazine

Shawati' cares about serving our readers with information that empowers, inspires and creates change as we promote and support the principles and practices of intellectual freedom. Shawati’ is not a podium comprised of fast-paced news blurbs written for the masses; it is an in-depth and timeless visual manuscript comprised of; new innovations and inspirations, creative explorations, insightful interviews, as well as multi-cultural dialogues provoking a global exchange of ideas, additionally we examine each aspect related to life and environment. Moreover it is our aim to offer those outside of our country insight into our culture and national pride - the threads of our identity; thus bridging the gap or ‘shores’ of diversity that unite us under one global village.

The LAGI 2014 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.


Design Brief

Follow this link to find the > LAGI 2014 Design Brief Document



New Energies, Prestel Publishing
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Connie Hedegaard

European Commissioner for Climate Action


Tina Saaby

City Architect of Copenhagen


Lars Aagaard

Director, Danish Energy Association


Jason F. McLennan

CEO, International Living Future Institute


Nille Juul-Sørensen

CEO, Danish Design Centre


Kent Martinussen

CEO, Danish Architecture Centre


Christian Herskind

CEO, Refshaleøen Holding A/S


Steen Christiansen

Mayor, Albertslund Municipality


Else Marie Bukdahl, Dr. Phil.

Danish Art Historian, Ålborg University


Maria Hørmann

Change Maker—Design & Innovation & Blog Editor—Hello Materials Blog, Danish Design Centre


Stig L. Andersson

Founding Partner, SLA; Creative Director, Professor


Agnete Fog

Chairman of Green Cities 2014–2015


Sharon Chang

CEO and Founder, Yoxi; NYU Trustee


Chris Fremantle

Co-Producer, Public Art Scotland


Matthew Rosenberg

Founding Partner, M-Rad

2nd Place Winner LAGI 2012


Michael Singer

Principal, Artist and Designer, Michael Singer Studio