Constant Wonder

A conversation about the intersection of renewable energy and design in public space with Marcus Smith, the host of Constant Wonder, a BYU Radio Program. The show originally aired on November 16, 2018.

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La Stampa

La Stampa
Le strutture più incredibili hanno preso forma alla Land Art Generator Initiative, concorso di idee tenutosi a Melbourne
November 14, 2018

Da poco conclusa, l’edizione 2018 della Land Art Generator Initiative, ha acceso i riflettori sul tema dell’energia pulita e su come generarla arricchendo le città. Un evento biennale, che si è tenuto a Melbourne, e ha visto la partecipazione di creativi e tecnici di tutto il mondo. LAGI è oggi uno degli eventi dedicati alla sostenibilità più importanti al mondo. Un concorso di idee che unisce arte, architettura, design, ecologia e urbanistica.

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Bustler

Bustler
The winning 2018 LAGI Melbourne public art proposals
By Justine Testado
October 11, 2018

Taking place in cities worldwide, LAGI competitions seek inventive, large-scale works of public art that produce clean energy. In this latest edition, entrants had to design for St. Kilda Triangle in Melbourne. Although there is no guarantee that any of the projects will be realized, “public support may lead to their incorporation as a part of the larger co-design process currently underway for the St. Kilda Triangle site”, LAGI says.

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ArchitectureAU

ArchitectureAU
NH Architecture team wins the 2018 Land Art Generator design competition
October 11, 2018

Melbourne practice NH Architecture has been named winner of the fifth biennial Land Art Generator (LAGI) international ideas competition for large-scale works of public art that also produce clean energy.

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a as architecture

a as architecture
WINNERS OF 2018 LAND ART GENERATOR DESIGN COMPETITION FOR MELBOURNE
By Marco Rinaldi
October 18, 2018

The first-place winning design is a perfect example of this new socially-relevant approach to clean energy infrastructure. Light Up by NH Architecture incorporates solar, wind, and microbial fuel cell technologies to produce 2,220 MWh of clean energy annually for St Kilda in the City of Port Phillip, or enough to power nearly 500 Australian homes.

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JOY: Radio

INTERVIEW:
Jodie & Martin on the St Kilda Foreshore Land Art Generator Project Winning Entry

November 5, 2018

David & Sue talk to Jodie from the Land Art Generator Initiative & Martin from NH Architecture about the St Kilda foreshore triangle design which was the winner of this year’s Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) Competition. LAGI (Land Art Generator Initiative) 2018 was free and open to anyone around the world, and invited artists, architects, designers, landscape architects, scientists, engineers, and others to submit proposals for large-scale and site-specific public art installations that generate clean energy for a site in Melbourne. You can find out more on the LAGI website. The competition was supported by both the City of Port Phillip and the Victorian State Government.

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Inhabitat

Inhabitat
Clean energy-producing Light Up wins the 2018 LAGI competition in Melbourne
By Lucy Wang
October 18, 2018

Melbourne-based NH Architecture and Seattle architectural practice Olson Kundig placed first and second respectively in the 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition in Melbourne, Australia. Sponsored by the State of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan with clean energy targets of 25 percent by 2020, the international competition sought large-scale works of public art that generate renewable energy in visible ways for St. Kilda Triangle in the City of Port Phillip. NH Architecture’s winning proposal, named ‘Light Up,’ harnesses solar, wind and microbial fuel cell technologies to produce 2,200 MWh of energy annually — enough to power nearly 500 homes.

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Archinect

Archinect
The winning 2018 LAGI Melbourne public art proposals
By Justine Testado
October 11, 2018

Taking place in cities worldwide, LAGI competitions seek inventive, large-scale works of public art that produce clean energy. In this latest edition, entrants had to design for St. Kilda Triangle in Melbourne. Although there is no guarantee that any of the projects will be realized, “public support may lead to their incorporation as a part of the larger co-design process currently underway for the St. Kilda Triangle site”, LAGI says.

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Landscape Australia

Landscape Australia
NH Architecture team wins the 2018 Land Art Generator design competition
October 11, 2018

Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, the founders of the competition, said the proposal was a perfect example of a positive vision for a sustainable future.

“LAGI 2018 is a window onto a world that has moved beyond fossil fuels – a world that celebrates living in harmony with nature by creating engaging public places that artfully integrate renewable energy and energy storage within the urban landscape,” they said in a statement.

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Green Magazine

Green Magazine
Winner of 2018 Land Art Generator design competition announced
October 11, 2018

Today the Land Art Generator awarded a local Melbourne team first prize in their fifth biennial design competition. Sponsored by the State of Victoria as part of their Renewable Energy Action Plan, the competition calls for large-scale works of public art that also produce clean energy. The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) combines community-scale renewable energy infrastructure with public art and creative placemaking for the design of important public places.

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ZME Science

ZME Science
Melbourne solar powered canopy that doubles as work of art wins 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative
By Tibu Puiu
October 11, 2018

Every two years, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) celebrates the most inspiring designs that integrate renewable-energy production within an urban setting. For elegantly blending art and energy generation, Light Up — a project designed for Melbourne, Australia that incorporates solar, wind, and microbial fuel cell technologies to produce 2,220 MWh of clean energy annually — was awarded the first prize.

You wouldn’t want to take your family to a picnic near a coal-fired power plant, but who could say no to a stroll down Light Up — NH Architecture’s idea for turning Melbourne’s St. Kilda Triangle, the beachside block home to the historic Palais Theatre, into a power plant and work of art both.

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Artists & Climate Change

Artists & Climate Change
Buildings Made of Sky
By Joan Sullivan
October 18, 2018

For 10 years, LAGI’s free and open call international design competition, held every two years in a different city, has mobilized collaborative interdisciplinary creative talent across the globe, resulting in nearly 1,000 innovative proposals from more than 60 countries. Available online, this collection of proposals is an invaluable resource for urban planners looking for inspiration: how to integrate distributed renewable energy infrastructure into urban settings where the public can interact with and reflect upon the third energy revolution. More than any other organization, LAGI is helping us all to visualize – to imagine – what our post-carbon future will look like. And it promises to be beautiful.

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Cosmos Magazine: The Science of Everything

Cosmos Magazine
Power plants as public art
By Nancy Langham-Hooper
October 11, 2018

Is this the aesthetic face of our energy future?

The sparkling canopy draped along the beach from the roof of the Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, won local firm NH Architecture first prize in the Australian leg of this year’s Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).

Called Light Up, the design incorporates solar, wind, tensional energy and microbial fuel cell technologies that could generate 2220 megawatt-hours per year, enough to power 500 homes. Old car batteries repurposed as handrails along the paths could store energy for 24/7 access.

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Inhabitat: Olson Kundig solar sail proposal could power up to 200 Melbourne homes with clean energy

Inhabitat
Olson Kundig solar sail proposal could power up to 200 Melbourne homes with clean energy
By Lucy Wang
October 10, 2018

Acclaimed architecture practice Olson Kundig is best known for its spectacular residential works in the Pacific Northwest, yet the Seattle-based firm has embarked on somewhat new ground in its recent submission to the 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition. Held this year in Melbourne, the international contest has invited designers to create a large-scale and site-specific public artwork that could generate clean energy for the city. In response, Olson Kundig developed Night and Day, a massive solar sail concept designed to produce 1,000 MWh of clean energy through a combination of solar energy and a hydro battery.

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Smithsonian.com

SMITHSONIAN.COM
This Golden Canopy Could Power 500 Homes
By Emily Matchar
October 11, 2018

In the rendering, the structure looks like an enormous golden wave, spilling from the Upper Esplanade of Melbourne’s St Kilda Beach, crossing a busy road and crashing onto the sand. In reality, it would be a canopy of nearly 9,000 flexible photovoltaic panels designed to connect a shopping and entertainment district with the beach while generating renewable energy.

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Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura
This Award-Winning Australian Land Art Is Designed to Power 900 Homes
By Evan Nicole Brown
October 12, 2018

ON OCTOBER 11, THE LAND Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), a biannual sustainable land art competition, announced its first-place winner for 2018. The victorious design is an energy-laced yellow canopy draped like a translucent racetrack across the sky, and intended to hover over a popular park in one of Melbourne’s major urban centers.

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WSLR: Sarasota’s Own Community Radio

Micro-Macro-Enviro Radio with host Shawn Robbins on 96.5 FM Sarasota, Florida.

LAGI Directors, Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, talk with Shawn about the Land Art Generator Initiative and the importance of merging culture with renewable energy infrastructure.

Listen to the conversation, which took place live on air on September 4, 2018 (it follows the Tracy Chapman song):

IMPACT Insights & Inspiration for Social Innovation

IMPACT Insights & Inspiration for Social Innovation
Let There Be Art
Edition 25
July–September 2018
By Ian Jamotillo

"For architect Robert Ferry and designer Elizabeth Monoian, both from the U.S., the answer was a competition that reimagines renewable energy as art. Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) conducts an eponymous
competition every two years, geared toward encouraging people across the globe to become sustainable through renewable artworks and infrastructure. Back in 2008, Ferry and Monoian were living in Dubai and were inspired by the ambitious nature of development
in the city."

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World Architecture: Land Art Generator Initiative Shortlist Shows How Renewable Energy Can Also Be Beautiful And Artful

World Architecture
Land Art Generator Initiative Shortlist Shows How Renewable Energy Can Also Be Beautiful And Artful
August 4, 2018

"25 mesmerizing land-art projects have been shortlisted for the fifth edition of Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition at St. Kilda Triangle in Melbourne, Australia.

The Land Art Generator Initiative design competition called designers, landscape architects, artists to create large-scale public art projects that will be able to produce clean energy for St. Kilda Triangle in Australia. After receiving entries more than 50 countries, the 2018 LAGI jury has narrowed down the competition to a shortlist of 25 entries.

The competition, sponsored by the State of Victoria as part of Action 13 of the Victoria State Renewable Energy Action Plan, was open to landscape architects, engineers, artists, designers, and other international renewable energy enthusiasts encouraging participants to envision a clean energy landscape for a post-carbon world—a public artwork that will help to power the city and inspire the future."

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Landscape Australia: Australian teams shortlisted in 2018 Land Art Generator competition

Landscape Australia
Australian teams shortlisted in 2018 Land Art Generator competition
August 3, 2018

"Eight Australian teams are among the twenty-five teams whose designs have been shortlisted in the 2018 Land Art Generator design competition. Participants from more than fifty countries world-wide submitted concept proposals for large-scale works of public art capable of producing clean energy for Melbourne’s St Kilda Triangle site."
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Archinect: Twenty-five land art designs shortlisted for 2018 LAGI St. Kilda Triangle competition

Archinect
Twenty-five land art designs shortlisted for 2018 LAGI St. Kilda Triangle competition
August 2, 2018
By Justine Testado

"The biennial LAGI competition seeks the most innovative proposals for large-scale, public art installations that are capable of producing clean energy in sites across the world, from Copenhagen and Glasgow, to Santa Monica, California and Willimantic, Connecticut. In this latest edition, hundreds of participants from over 50 countries submitted designs for St. Kilda Triangle in Melbourne. Now, the LAGI jury has narrowed down the competition to a shortlist of 25 entries.

“The submissions for LAGI 2018 have met with our extraordinarily high expectations,” commented Jodi Newcombe, Carbon Arts founder and LAGI 2018 regional director." read more >

Inhabitat: This massive Sun Ray could sustainably power 220 homes in Melbourne

Inhabitat
This massive Sun Ray could sustainably power 220 homes in Melbourne
July 17, 2018
By Lucy Wang

"What if renewable energy infrastructure could be both functional and beautiful? Exploring that notion is Italian architectural practice Antonio Maccà, who designed ‘Sun Ray,’ a massive solar collector that could generate enough energy to power 220 Melbourne homes — with approximately 1,100 MWh of electricity produced annually. Shortlisted for this year’s Land Art Generator Initiative Melbourne design competition, the conceptual design was conceived as a symbol for the future of sustainable energy that also doubles as public artwork." read more >

LAGI Lecture / St Kilda Town Hall

Join us in a discussion about the design of our new energy landscapes!

DATE Thursday, May 24
TIME 6:30–8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00)
LOCATION St Kilda Town Hall, Council Chamber (City of Port Phillip, Australia)

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) will be holding a public discussion focusing on our transition to a post carbon future and how public art can facilitate this conversation with the wider community. The event will include a panel from varying disciplines including art in public space, renewable energy, and members of our local community.

LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry will be joined by:

Guy Abrahams:
Co-founder and CEO of CLIMARTE and Director of the Art+Environment consultancy. Guy was a lawyer prior to becoming Director of Christine Abrahams Gallery, one of Australia’s leading contemporary art galleries, a position he held for 22 years. He has held numerous arts positions including President of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association, and Board member of the Melbourne Art Fair and the National Gallery of Victoria Art Foundation.

Trevor White:
a strategic adviser and former CEO of University Services at both the University of Melbourne and at RMIT. He has been an strong advocate for St Kilda Triangle for many years and has worked on behalf of the Port Phillip community as a committee member of the unChain incorprated association.
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FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

This lecture is a part of LAGI 2018 Melbourne programming. LAGI 2018 invited interdisciplinary teams around the world to imagine renewable energy as a public art for St Kilda Triangle. Read more about LAGI 2018 here >

Shimmering Solar Arch to generate power for a post-industrial Connecticut town

Inhabitat
Shimmering Solar Arch to generate power for a post-industrial Connecticut town
April 25, 2018
by Lucy Wang

"A giant gleaming arch clad in solar panels is set to transform the waterfront of downtown Willimantic. This spectacular energy-generating artwork, called Rio Iluminado, was revealed today as the winner of Land Art Generator Institute’s most recent design competition. Designed by Pirie Associates Architects in collaboration with architect Lindsay Suter and sculptor Gar Waterman, the public artwork is capable of generating 25.5 MWh of clean energy a year for a 3.4-acre remediated brownfield." Read More >

Imagine Austin Speaker Series: Power Up! Placemaking Through Art and Renewable Energy

LAGI Directors will be speaking in Austin, Texas!
Imagine Austin Speaker Series: Power Up! Placemaking Through Art and Renewable Energy
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm; sign-in begins at 5:30pm
Location: Zach-Topfer Theater, 202 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX

Description: The great energy transition will have an impact on our built environment, our parks, our culture, and our visual landscape like no other technical shift since the automobile. By presenting examples of utility-scale renewable energy infrastructure as public art, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is inspiriing the public about the beauty of our sustainable future and showing policy makers and city planners that distributed energy resources can be placemaking tools, economic development drivers, and educational venues while they help to power the grid and implement a clean energy revolution. Recreational spaces like Seaholm Waterfront and parkland at the former Holly Shores Power Plan have the potential to tell the stories of power generation past and present through public art.

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Corriente Eléctrica

Corriente Eléctrica
Cuando las energías renovables se convierten en arte
March 2018

"Las infraestructuras para generar energía limpia pueden integrarse armoniosamente en el paisaje urbano e incluso embellecerlo. Es la filosofía de Land Art Generator Initiative." Read More >

Biennale Architettura 2018

Artists & Climate Change
Biennale Architettura 2018
By Joan Sullivan
March 15, 2018

"Imagine the positive impact that large cultural events like the prestigious Biennale di Venezia could have if they encouraged all future pavilions and exhibits to address the critically important role that artists and architects, in collaboration with engineers, scientists and city planners, can and must play to reduce carbon emissions and increase resiliency of the built environment. The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), which organizes a biennial international competition for renewable energy art and architecture, has already been doing this for 10 years."
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The Architectural Review

The Architectural Review
Competition: Land Art Generator Initiative, Melbourne
March 5, 2018
By Merlin Fulcher

Read more about LAGI 2018, an interview with the LAGI 2014 winning designer Santiago Muros Cortés, and an interview with LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry in The Architectural Review.

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How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progress

FARTHER, FASTER, TOGETHER
How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progress
By Helicon Collaborative, Commissioned by ArtPlace America
2018

We're thrilled that the Land Art Generator Initiative is included as a case study in ArtPlace America's report on "How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progress" Read more here >

Environmental sustainability is at its root about the health, safety, and long-term integrity of the places where we all live, work, and play. It is with this in mind that ArtPlace is releasing the fourth in our series of creative placemaking field scans: Farther, Faster, Together: How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progress, researched and written by Helicon Collaborative.

This investigation touches on the environmental areas of energy, water, land, waste, toxic pollution, and climate resilience and adaptation.

LAGI Willimantic Community Placemaking Forum

LAGI Willimantic Placemaking Forum
January 17, 6:00 pm
Willimantic, Connecticut
Location: Johnson Room at the Eastern CT State University Library
Members of the three finalist design teams will be on hand to engage with the Windham community and brainstorm ideas for the LAGI-Willimantic Project.

LAGI Presentation: Boston Architectural College

Lecture by LAGI Directors
Boston Architectural College
January 16, 2018, 6:00–7:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

LAGI Presentation: Stantec

Lecture by LAGI Directors
Stantec, SF Office
January 9, 2018, 5:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

LAGI Presentation: SPUR

Lecture by LAGI Directors
SPUR
January 9, 2018, 12:30
San Francisco, CA

Streetsblog SF

Streetsblog SF
SPUR Talk: Making Renewable Energy a Beautiful Part of the City
By Roger Rudick
Jan 9, 2018

"Power plants used to be located in the middle of cities. Back in the start of the 20th Century, there was no such thing as a high-voltage distribution grid, so small generators were placed right in downtowns. They were often ensconced in beautiful, art-deco buildings that blended with the rest of the street. “But once we were able to raise voltages, we got rid of central locations for power plants, because they were pretty polluting,” explained Robert Ferry, co-founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), a Seattle-based non-profit, during a presentation this afternoon at SPUR’s Urban Center in San Francisco. “And we got the power plants we think of today.” Read More >

LAGI 2018 Melbourne

What will you design?

LAGI 2018 is free and open to anyone around the world, and invites you to design a large-scale and site-specific public art installation that generates clean energy by incorporating renewable energy technology as the primary media for the art.

The project is sponsored by the State of Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning, and hosted by the City of Port Phillip.

Partners include: Carbon Arts, Fed Square, and Climarte.

The theme of the LAGI 2018 competition is "Energy Overlays—the superimposition of energy and art onto an emerging master plan for urban regeneration."

The design brief has been carefully crafted with local partners to align with the strategic plans and cultural context of the local site, the city, and the region. The outcomes will demonstrate creative and engaging approaches to urban community energy and resilient microgrids—part of a comprehensive solution to climate change that makes our cities more beautiful as it also makes them more sustainable.

Victoria is setting an example for the world with a goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050. Melbourne, already one of the most sustainable cities in the world, is targeting net-zero by 2020.

How much of the clean energy infrastructure required to attain these goals will be implemented within urban areas, and what is the impact of these new installations on our constructed and natural environments? How can solar and wind energy (and other clean technology) be integrated into public spaces in ways that educate, inspire, and are responsive to the history, culture, and nature of place?

Melbourne has a rich tradition of ambitious and creative public projects aimed towards advancing sustainable development. The LAGI competition, which brings together multiple disciplines to take on complex problems, is a perfect fit for Melbourne, a vibrant city of arts and culture.

The design site, St Kilda Triangle and foreshore, is the ideal canvas for the 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition!

PRIZES

1st Prize $16,000 USD
2nd Prize $5,000 USD

One representative of the first and second place winning teams will be flown to Melbourne, Australia for the award ceremony and exhibition opening.

EXHIBITIONS

Award ceremony, exhibition, and book launch held at Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia in October 2018. Satellite exhibitions and workshops will be programmed throughout St Kilda, the City of Port Phillip, and the State of Victoria.

PUBLICATION

The LAGI 2018 publication, Energy Overlays, featuring the top 50 submissions will be released in October 2018 by Hirmer Publishers.

Inhabitat

Inhabitat
Here’s how much land area we’d need to power Bitcoin with solar
December 14, 2017
By Lacy Cooke

"Bitcoin isn’t exactly environmentally friendly right now. The Bitcoin network is largely powered by coal plants in China, according to Digiconomist. Bitcoin transactions in total emit as much carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases as some of the biggest coal-fired power plants in the world, according to LAGI. The Bitcoin network consumes more energy than many countries do. Digiconomist said Bitcoin could power 3,029,126 American households, and the country closest to Bitcoin when it comes to electricity consumption is Denmark." Read More >

Texas Public Radio

Texas Public Radio
'World's First' Solar Panel Mural Revealed
November 13, 2018
By Jack Morgan

"A solar panel went up in downtown San Antonio on Friday, and it's one that's unlike any other."
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Inhabitat:

Inhabitat
World’s first solar panel mural unveiled in San Antonio
November 17, 2017
By Nicole Jewell

"In a world where solar farms are shaped like giant pandas, there’s certainly room for some solar butterflies. Determined to beautify our cities by converting solar panels into creative works of public art, the Seattle-based Land Art Generator Initiative just unveiled the world’s first solar mural installation, called La Monarca, by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz with creative direction from artist Penelope Boyer."
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ArchitectureAU

ArchitectureAU
St Kilda Triangle named design site for international sustainable energy infrastructure ideas competition

"Melbourne’s St Kilda Triangle, the beachside block home to the historic Palais Theatre, has been named as the design site for international sustainable energy infrastructure design competition organized by the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).

The competition will seek the best designs for large-scale, site-specific public art installations that are capable of generating clean energy on the site, which is currently undergoing development, to an ARM Architecture masterplan.

Architects, landscape architects, artists, designers, scientists, engineers and others will be invited to submit design proposals from 5 January 2018.

With the slogan 'renewable energy can be beautiful,' LAGI is an initiative that aims to 'accelerate the transition to post-carbon economies by providing models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire and educate.'

Run every two years, the competition has previously been held at sites in Dubai/Abu Dhabi, New York City, Copenhagen, and Santa Monica. Melbourne was named as 2018’s host city in July."

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Visual Resource Stewardship Conference

LAGI will be presenting at:

Visual Resource Stewardship Conference:
Landscape and Seascape Management in a Time of Change

Argonne National Laboratory: Argonne, Illinois
November 7 – 9, 2017

More information about the conference >