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LAGI Glasgow Exhibition at The Lighthouse

May 24th, 2016

LAGI Glasgow Exhibition
The Lighthouse
Glasgow, Scotland
Opens: 9 June
Closes: 29 July 2016

The LAGI Glasgow exhibition showcases the outcomes of the invited design competition for Port Dundas that brings creative solutions for clean energy infrastructure to the brownfield site—the perfect project to combine the sustainable, creative and pioneering vision of Glasgow’s Canal Regeneration Partnership and link in to Glasgow’s response to Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

Energy policy and infrastructure have become critical areas of debate and activism. Scotland has world leading targets for transitioning to renewables as well as conflicting views about land management and ownership and challenges in integrating renewables in to landscapes and communities.

The Land Art Generator Initiative addresses these challenges by involving artists, designers, architects, urban planners and landscape architects in envisaging utility scale renewable energy installations. Bringing together the issues of placemaking with those of renewable energy is a game-changing approach to regeneration.

Three Glasgow creative practices collaborated with international designers to arrive at the proposals on display in the exhibition. Each incorporates renewable energy technologies as the media for the creation of park-like spaces that are integrated into the fabric of the new mixed-use development currently being planned for Dundas Hill. Visitors will be inspired to learn about creative ways to harness the power of natural energies to power our post-carbon economies while enhancing the beauty of our cities and landscapes.

The exhibition also includes outcomes of past LAGI projects for Dubai/Abu Dhabi, New York City, and Copenhagen.

LAGI Testimonial for the California State Senate, Joint Committee on the Arts

May 12th, 2016

Joint Committee on the Arts
Senator Ben Allen, Chair
Assembly Member Kansen Chu, Vice Chair

Informational Hearing: “California’s Creative Economy: Annual Update and Regional Breakdowns”
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
State Capitol, Room 3191, Sacramento, CA 95814

Elizabeth Monoian (LAGI Co-Director) gave the below testimonial:

Good afternoon Senate and Assembly members of the Joint Committee of the Arts. Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak to you about my experience working in California’s Creative Economy.

The Land Art Generator Initiative has created a platform to re-imagine our future energy landscapes through a creative lens. Inviting interdisciplinary teams around the world to conceive of large-scale public artworks that have the added benefit of producing clean energy at a utility-scale.
In addition to a wide-range of programming we hold an international design competition on a biennial schedule:

Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 2010, New York City in 2012, and in 2014 the site was an old shipyard visible from the Little Mermaid in the Copenhagen Harbor—all sites that inherently inspire and bring the greatest minds around the world to the table with the idea that renewable energy infrastructure can also be an enhancement to public space—that cities can meet ambitious carbon goals while creating new and exciting places for recreation and learning.

The outcomes of these past design competitions show that we can begin to think about renewable energy installations as more than just utilitarian objects. *And that by doing so, we can drive innovation and spark imaginations. Inspired by the way grass blades wave in the wind, Windstalk from LAGI 2010 can generate electricity for more than 1,000 homes without rotating turbine blades.

A number of things attracted us to bring LAGI to Southern California in 2016. We knew that renewable energy is a top priority in California. That, paired with the seriousness of the drought led us to choose a coastal site adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier and to expand our design brief to include drinking water harvesting technologies. The City of Santa Monica is a great partner to the project and the site is inspiring the world to imagine what our renewable energy and sustainable water future can aspire to be in its constructed form. *The competition closes in four days and in October we will announce the winning design at Greenbuild 2016 at the LA Convention Center and at an exhibition in Santa Monica.

For every competition we create unique educational materials like our Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies, Art+Energy Flash Cards, and others. Last year we launched a Youth Prize for middle school and high school students, with the intention of building a global community of young people equipped to design our energy landscapes. We were thrilled when we were invited to speak by the Museum of Art & History (MOAH) to the School Board meeting in the Antelope Valley of California, and overwhelmed by the reception we received. Donita Winn the Chair of the School Board, declared that the Antelope Valley was going to win! She took this seriously and reached out to the high schools throughout the valley encouraging them to participate. MOAH helped coordinate workshops, presentations, and meetings with many area schools.

The Creative Economy is what results when public policy is put in place to nurture a social environment ripe for innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration. This requires expanding public access to the arts and humanities and increasing opportunities for education that does not forsake art and creativity for a focus on math and science. Within the context of the work that we do, they all should exist together in a continuum of research and practice.

Science and technology provides the framework for the artistic and educational practice of the Land Art Generator Initiative. At the same time we are closing the loop on the art-science continuum as the design outcomes of LAGI influence the way that scientists and engineers see their work.

Biologist E.O. Wilson in The Meaning of Human Existence(1) makes a point about what is our most important possession as a species and concludes that it is the humanities rather than our scientific achievements. In fact, the sciences need the humanities in order to continue to advance. In the search for breakthroughs, scientific teams are expanding and becoming more academically diverse. Further advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, and energy science will all require creative thinking and a strong ethical foundation to ensure that they are aligned with our cultural values. This requires that the scientists of tomorrow find their education steeped deeply in the arts and humanities today.

The Land Art Generator Initiative is founded on this notion. To that end we provide project-based learning through programs like our Art+Energy Camps. The Camps provide participating youth with critical skills in STEAM subjects by implementing the design/engineering process for innovative solutions and built outcomes that provide sustainable energy to communities.

Providing STEM education to middle school and high school youth using the ARTS as the delivery vehicle is an engaging way to instill an early interest in the scientific method, provide useful technical skills, and introduce systems thinking. These are the types of skills that can help youth create positive change in their own neighborhoods and put them on a path toward innovative and fulfilling careers.

We held our first Art+Energy Camp in 2015 in Pittsburgh and this summer we are thrilled to be working closely with the Museum of Art+History in Lancaster, CA to bring this programming to youth in the Antelope Valley. Through the course of 4-weeks the 2016 LAGI Art+Energy Camp will provide youth with an education in energy science, climate science, art, design, and solar power. Youth will follow the design process to arrive at a pragmatic solution for a work of public art that generates clean energy utilizing solar panels for a roundabout in Lancaster, CA.

According to a recent report highlighted by the World Economic Forum(2), as automation continues to change the workplace, the highest valued skills are increasingly dominated by creativity, critical thinking, complex problem solving, cognitive flexibility, and emotional intelligence—all qualities that require the arts to be integrally interwoven into the fabric of our lives.

We are fortunate to be working in California, a state where this important conversation is being taken very seriously. Thank you all for the work that you are doing to increase support for the arts to the benefit of people and economic progress. We look forward to future projects in this State and to the opportunity to construct many of the design ideas you saw here today so that they can contribute to California’s renewable energy portfolio while attracting people from around the world to these new civic art inventions.


LAGI Founding Co-Directors, Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry


May 10th, 2016

We were thrilled to be included at Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum a year ago. They are now checking in with Global Learning Forum alumni in a series called “The Front Line of Energy” to find out what’s shifted in their work over the past year and to hear their thoughts on the future of energy.

You can follow this link to see the interviews. Read >

Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian are the Founding Directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), which works to address the issue of public acceptance of localized renewable energy infrastructures by providing models of energy generation architecture that rise to the level of contemporary public art. Every two years LAGI holds an international design competition, which has thus far been held in Dubai, New York City, and Copenhagen, and is coming to Los Angeles in 2016.

Robert and Elizabeth believe that renewables are beautiful. Their passion was on full display at our Global Learning Forum where they delivered a compelling PechaKucha presentation, a gallery of leading energy-generating art concepts from their competitions, and a session called, “Aesthetics, integration, and building support for urban renewables.”

How did participating in the Global Learning Forum impact your work?

“For us, one of the biggest benefits was participating in the PechaKucha night. It allowed us to speak to a broad audience that included policy makers, mayors, and renewable energy developers. People then recognized us for the next two days of the Forum and engaged us in dialogue—new people were opening up to us. Shortly thereafter, we did another PechaKucha in Pittsburgh!”

What’s happened in your work over the last year?

“We’re proud to say that we’ve been awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize [the award supports social entrepreneurs across the United States who are spearheading game-changing solutions to our society’s most urgent challenges.], which has allowed us to solidify our organizational structure.

We are expanding greatly beyond our biennial design competitions. For example, we are currently in the process of working with a fashion designer to pilot wearable renewable electricity-generating technology with a Maasai community in Kenya. It’s a co-design process that will create a line of bespoke jewelry and other products with embedded solar. The designs will improve the livelihoods of the Maasai people and bring sustainable income to the Olorgasailie Maasai Women Artisans collective.

Our second Art+Energy Camp targeting low-income neighbourhoods will be taking place in Lancaster, California, and is modeled after our successful 2015 program in Pittsburgh. We are creating opportunities for young people to learn about the design of energy infrastructure and its impact on our landscape and environment. Following tours of nuclear and coal plants, a variety of renewable energy installations, and lessons about energy science and art outside the gallery, the students will take part in the design of a 5 kWh solar energy-generating public artwork that will help power a local community centre. The students have all been very engaged and a part of every meeting—with fabricators to engineers to solar installers.”

This year, our biennial design competition is taking place at a coastal site adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier. This offers teams the opportunity to design with wave and tidal, in addition to wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies. The award event will take place at Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles in October.

In 2015, we worked with the City of Glasgow to put together a design brief and hold a competition to create a renewable energy-generating sculpture at a brownfield site as a part of a Scottish Canals regeneration project. The idea is to use the natural energies at a site as a form generator, creating a public park and infrastructural artwork that will be the cornerstone of the developer’s master plan. Three local practices—architects, artists, and energy scientists—were paired with a past biennial participant in an invited competition. The exhibition is taking place at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, opening on June 9, 2016.”

What have been some of the biggest developments and trends in renewable energy over this past year?

“For one, the number of renewable energy installations is outpacing conventional fossil fuels. The renewable energy shift is already occurring and the prices are dropping exponentially in the marketplace. The trend lines are amazing!”

How has this affected your work?

“In the design world, the cost of solar panels per square foot is now on par with any other type of high-performance exterior material. When design is done properly from the concept stage, there is no excuse not to incorporate RE, particularly with photovoltaics. While we’ve seen a lot of companies come and go, certain markets are getting more traction and we’re optimistic. We’re at the beginning of an explosion of opportunities, especially with flexible and thin materials with roll rooftop applications coming online.”

What are the next big issues to watch?

”We are concerned with the social impacts of some large renewable energy projects that can displace people—for example, centralized energy projects cutting off grazing land for the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania. The utility-scale electricity is going to the national grid to feed Nairobi and large industry, with nothing going back to the people whose lives are disrupted. They derive no economic or social benefit. We hope that renewable energy infrastructure planning can be proactively a part of solutions to socioeconomic issues as well as environmental issues. With the capital costs of installations going down, there is an opportunity for large projects to share the benefits. Likewise, decentralized renewable energy and energy cooperatives can provide energy justice solutions while increasing resiliency.”

LAGI at University of Warwick

May 9th, 2016

LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry will be speaking at the University of Warwick
WHEN: Tuesday, 7 June 2016 from 12:30 to 14:30
WHERE: The University of Warwick (Room MS.04 Zeeman Building), Coventry, United Kingdom

Balance-Unbalance 2016

April 22nd, 2016

LAGI’s Co-Director Robert Ferry will be a Keynote Speaker
BunB 2016: “Data Science + Eco Action
Manizales, Colombia
May 11, 2016

BunB 2016: Data Science + Eco Action
“How can we extract knowledge from large volumes of environmental and related data? How that can be used in benefit of the human society? What should we change in our thinking and in our behaviour? Individual vs community vs global: What matters? Why big or complex data is so relevant to our daily life? How the capture, analysis, curation, sharing, storage… and control of large data could rapidly change our world? What positive sides does it have? What not so positive, and even risks does it have? What data science has to do with humanitarian organizations? And with electronic art?

We want to inspire explorations of how artists can participate in this major challenge of our ecological crisis. We need to use creative tools and transdisciplinary action to create perceptual, intellectual and pragmatic changes. We want to discuss our proposals for the future from a diversity of cultural perspectives and socio-economic situations with open minds.”

More here >

LAGI Lecture at Arizona State University

April 16th, 2016

LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry
The Aesthetic Influence of Renewable Energy Infrastructures on Public Space
School of Arts, Media and Engineering: Digital Culture Speaker Series
Arizona State University
April 21, 2016 3:00

More here >

Starting from the assumption that a transition to 100% renewable energy will happen over the coming generations (and no time too soon), we will inevitably begin to see a greater proliferation of clean energy generation infrastructures within urban and suburban environments. Embracing this fact, the time is now to proactively address the influence of these new machines on city planning, urban design, zoning ordinances, and building codes. When envisioning cities of the future, we would like to imagine potential futures in which the aesthetic influence of clean energy technologies has been intentionally designed into a well-planned city, rather than a future in which utilitarian devices have been affixed to surfaces as an afterthought.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is leading the global conversation on the shifting aesthetics of sustainable infrastructure. Recent trends in public acceptance of renewable energy have shown that resistance to a transition from fossil fuel dependence often takes refuge in arguments that hinge on questions of aesthetics. Meanwhile, the “gloom and doom” narrative of climate activism (rising sea levels, increasing storm intensities, corral bleaching, mass extinction, desertification), while based in scientific fact, can sometimes be polarizing to effective political change.

By presenting examples of utility-scale renewable energy infrastructures as public art, LAGI is helping to inspire the general public about the beauty of our sustainable future, and showing policy makers and city planners that net-positive energy installations can be placemaking tools, economic development drivers, and educational venues while they help to power the grid.

The presentation will show how interdisciplinary collaboration is playing an important role in defining the design influence of renewable energy on our constructed environments and point out the reciprocal role of society in defining the aesthetics of renewable energy infrastructure itself.

LAGI Lecture at Solar City

April 16th, 2016

LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry
Speaking on the Aesthetics of Renewable Energy
April 19, 1:00
Solar City
6569 Las Vegas Blvd, Suite 200
Las Vegas, Nevada

A Vision of Clean Energy Public Art: LAGI Visits Las Vegas

April 14th, 2016

Huffington Post
A Vision of Clean Energy Public Art: LAGI Visits Las Vegas
April 14, 2016
by JK Russ
“Rows of elevated solar panels rise up from the cacti garden in front of the new Las Vegas City Hall. At night the harnessed solar energy lights up a blue-toned electronic display on glass fins across the building’s façade. It’s the perfect venue for a presentation on the intersection of renewable energy and art by internationally renowned Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).” Read More >

LAGI Lecture in Kampala Uganda

March 10th, 2016

LAGI Directors will be presenting to students and faculty of Makerere University in Kampala Uganda.
Date: March 10, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Makerere University, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology

Las Vegas Weekly

February 17th, 2016


Thank you Pam Stuckey at Renewable Envoy for inviting us to speak and to everyone who attended last evening’s discussion at Las Vegas City Council Chambers. The event received a very welcome notice in Las Vegas Weekly:

In 2010 the Land Art Generator Initiative held its first international design competition for innovative and art-based solutions to the renewable energy landscape. Teams from more than 40 countries submitted ideas and concepts, from sculptural wind turbines, solar pyramids and solar carpets to minimalist fields designed to harvest natural energy.

Tonight LAGI’s co-founders Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian will be discussing the role of technology in art at the Las Vegas City Council Chambers. Public Art within the Urban Fabric of a Sustainable Future, hosted by Southern Nevada’s Renewable Envoy, is part of LAGI’s focus: Renewable energy infrastructures placed harmoniously within our urban and suburban landscapes through collaborations between architects, artists, scientists and engineers. Capture, convert, transform and transmit.

Tonight’s presentation comes amid LAGI’s fourth biannual international competition (held this year in Santa Monica), which is currently seeking innovative ideas for harvesting energy and generating clean water through May 15. February 16, 6 p.m. Las Vegas City Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St.

LAGI Lecture in Las Vegas

February 10th, 2016

Public art within the urban fabric of a sustainable future

The renewable energy revolution will have a resounding influence on the design of public space in the coming decades. The Land Art Generator Initiative is showing how innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration, culture, and the expanding role of technology in art can help to shape the aesthetic impact of renewable energy on our constructed environments.

Renewable Envoy invites you to a presentation on renewable energy and art by LAGI Co-Founders Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian.

Location: Las Vegas City Council Chambers, 495 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Time: 6pm
Date: February 16, 2016

Museum of Art & History (MOAH): Green Revolution

February 10th, 2016

Green Revolution at Museum of Art & History
Several LAGI submissions from past competitions are on display from February 13 – April 17 at the Museum of Art & History (MOAH) in Lancaster, California.
Exhibition Title: Green Revolution
Opening Reception: February 20, 2016
Location: 665 West Lancaster BLVD, Lancaster CA 93534
Learn more here >

The Scotsman

December 8th, 2015

The Scotsman
Green energy scheme aims to bring beauty to renewables
By Alison Campsie

ART and science fuses in Glasgow to power a new generation of “beautiful renewables”

A challenge to make “beautiful renewables” that combine high quality public art with the next generation of green energy schemes is now underway in Scotland. 
Architects from New York, Los Angeles and Berlin are advising three Scottish teams of creatives and scientists who are competing to design a renewables scheme at Dundas Hill , Glasgow, that is capable of powering at least 50 new homes.

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IgniteChannel: Land Art Generator: Can Artists Create Renewable Energy?

December 1st, 2015

Land Art Generator: Can Artists Create Renewable Energy?
November 24, 2015
By Kimberly Lauren Bryant

Take one part public, mix it with two parts renewable energy, and what do you get? A recipe for sustainable solutions that enhance local culture. And if there were a head chef, it’d probably be Land Art Generator, an initiative that aims to create more energy sources from works of art. Bringing together artists, architects, and engineers, they’re finding ways to bring renewable energy to homes through public art.

Read More Here >

Forecast Public Art: Public Art Review

November 19th, 2015

Land Art Generator Initiative
Where public art and energy generation combine
November 18, 2015
By Katie Jones Schmitt, the Benchmarking Outreach Coordinator for Center for Energy and Environment and the City of Minneapolis.

On November 9th, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) landed at Forecast Public Art. This exciting program, which seeks to combine energy traditions of yesteryear and creative clean energy ideas of today, inspired the room of approximately 30 artists, city staffers, designers, and engineers to think about how collaborations of artists, engineers, and architects can bring cleaner, more local, energy back to our cities.

In today’s world, powerplants typically serve one practical purpose: to provide energy in a cost effective manner. Many of them are located far from where the energy is used, are generally unslightly, and most people have no connection to energy generation. But it was not always that way. At the turn of the last century, powerplants were found in urban cores, since energy couldn’t be transmitted very far, and because of their central location, they took on architecture styles consistent with those of surrounding buildings of the time.

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LAGI in the Weekly Buzz!

November 16th, 2015

Context Sustainability’s Weekly buzz—what you need to know

November 13, 2015
By Sophia Ingram

“With so much news from so many sources, it can be difficult to keep tabs on what’s happening in the world of sustainability. To help, we’ve pulled together the top five most buzz-worthy, inspiring updates from this week…”

The article contains summaries of five articles with links, including the Guardian article about LAGI, along with articles about sustainability news related to McDonalds, Starbucks, Give-back Fashion, and the Purpose-Driven Workforce

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize

November 12th, 2015

The Land Art Generator Initiative has been awarded the
J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund

“Launched in early 2015, The J.M.K. Innovation Prize was designed to seek out boldly promising ideas in the field of social-sector innovation—however untested or wherever they arise.”

We are very fortunate to be one of the ten awardees. We’d like to extend our thanks to, and share this recognition with, the thousands of participants in LAGI design competitions, whose amazing innovations make LAGI possible. The above image is composed of thumbnails of the work that can be seen in the online LAGI portfolio.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize will allow LAGI to expand consulting and project management work in cities around the world that are seeking creative ways of integrating sustainable infrastructures into regenerative planning and projects.

Over the next few years, LAGI will be working closely with our design partners (past LAGI design competition participants) on the detailed design and construction of many regenerative public art installations at various scales and site contexts.

The Prize will also help to support the 2016 LAGI Design Competition for Southern California. LAGI 2016 is re-imagining the coast of Santa Monica by inviting individuals and interdisciplinary teams to design a large-scale, site-specific work of public art that also serves as clean energy and/or drinking water infrastructure for the City of Santa Monica.

The Importance of LAGI

We’re helping to educate the next generation of artists, architects, engineers, city planners, landscape architects, designers, and scientists, who will find greater innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity. The LAGI design challenge provides project-based learning in STEM subjects through engagement with art and creativity.

As we work together to design and implement a post-carbon world, the impact of sustainable infrastructures on the constructed environment is becoming an important focus of city planning and architecture. At the same time, a culture war over land use has slowed the implementation of many proposed wind and solar installations.

By engaging communities with an inspiring vision of our sustainable future and providing context-specific solutions for sensitive sites, we would like to help turn the tide of public discourse and bring about universal support for immediate investment in 100% renewable infrastructure.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize process of selection was its own innovation in philanthropic award management (as a project that designs and runs competitions, it’s a subject that LAGI is interested in!). 373 volunteer reviewers were recruited from the Fund’s network to review 1,138 applications from 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Each application was scored by at least 6 reviewers, after which 202 entries were advanced to the second round. More complete applications were read by subject matter and social innovation experts in disciplines including justice, education, human rights, food systems, public health, energy, natural resources, and the arts.

We congratulate the J.M. Kaplan Fund on their development of the J.M.K. Innovation Prize and thank them for their generous support.

The Guardian

November 7th, 2015

Public art projects that double as renewable energy sources
by Kristine Wong
November 7, 2015

Two Pittsburgh artists are encouraging cities around the world to install public art structures designed to generate power while educating viewers about renewable energy

What happens when renewable energy meets public art? The Land Art Generator Initiative, or Lagi, founded by Pittsburgh-based artists Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, is trying to find the answer with several proposed public art structures designed to generate power while inspiring and educating their viewers.

The initiative has collected hundreds of designs from competitions held in Abu Dhabi, New York City and Copenhagen. At the 2016 competition, which will be held in Santa Monica, California, entrants will design structures that harvest clean energy or generate clean drinking water.

“Public art can contribute to the solutions we need to steer us away from the effects of climate change,” Monoian said at October’s SXSW Eco conference in Austin, Texas.

Read more at the Guardian–>

LAGI Lecture: Emily Carr University

November 3rd, 2015

LAGI Co-Directors Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry had the great opportunity to present the LAGI project to an audience of foundation students at Emily Carr University in Vancouver BC on November 2, 2015. Thank you to Glen Lowry for inviting and hosting us!

Beautiful Renewables: Energy in urban settings – cultural and community benefits?

October 28th, 2015

As we aggressively implement strategies towards 100% carbon-free energy and witness a greater proliferation of renewable energy infrastructures in our cities and landscapes, we have a great opportunity to proactively address the aesthetic influence of these new machines through the lenses of planning, urban design, community benefit and creative placemaking.

Please join the Land Art Generator Initiative, Creative Carbon Scotland, SCENE Consulting and ecoartscotland for a presentation and discussion about the aesthetic and cultural implications and the concomitant potential for community benefit of renewable energy infrastructure.

LAGI Founding Directors Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry will speak about the LAGI 2016 Open Competition and the LAGI Glasgow project, highlighting the role that creatives are playing in the design of our energy futures.

November 18 2015 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
High School Yards
Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ

More Here >

Forecast Public Art – LAGI Lectures

October 28th, 2015

Forecast Public Art LAGI Lectures

Monday, November 9, 7 – 9pm
Ferry & Monoian will discuss the Land Art Generator Initiative as a practice, and
address questions about its formation, what it means to pair art+ energy, the
kinds of education and outreach strategies they employ, and the current and
future role of designers in this movement.
Refreshments served.

Tuesday, November 10, 8 – 10am
Ferry & Monoian will discuss their working relationships with cities and
government entities during Land Art Generator competitions. This session will
address these questions and more: How do the partnerships form between
LAGI and a city? What are the practical and logistical considerations of this
project when it comes to the city? What happens after the competition is over?
How does the host city benefit from the competition?
Breakfast served.

Both events will take place at:
Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Street, Ste. 160
St. Paul, MN 55114


Students Design Solar Artwork, Power Disadvantaged Neighborhood With Clean Energy

October 27th, 2015

Students Design Solar Artwork, Power Disadvantaged Neighborhood With Clean Energy
We Are Anonymous
October 27th, 2015
By Vandita

Because Western Pennsylvania has a very high mix of coal-fired power, which contributes to consistently poor air quality in the Pittsburgh region, a team of 20 local kids aged between 8 and 17, as part of a six-week Art+Energy summer camp, successfully designed and installed “Renaissance Gate” – a public artwork using solar panels, aesthetically angled to both take in sunlight and surround the steel frame of an arched gate – to generate renewable energy and light up the disadvantaged neighborhood.

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takepart: Kids Create Street Art That Generates Solar Power

October 24th, 2015

Kids Create Street Art That Generates Solar Power
A Pittsburgh project is designed to light up a disadvantaged neighborhood and show an alternative-energy future in a coal state.
October 23, 2015
By Kristine Wong

Pennsylvania’s coal industry may be in decline, but in one of Pittsburgh’s toughest neighborhoods, a solar project could become a symbol of a brighter future.

Since August, Homewood residents have walked through the Renaissance Gate—a public art and solar installation built and designed by local youths during a six-week summer camp—and seen the Western Pennsylvania sun power their cell phones and light up the community center next door.

Read More >

Artpark Guest Artist Presentation

October 10th, 2015

On Thursday November 12 at 5:30 PM, we will be presenting LAGI at DeVeaux Woods State Park (3180 DeVeaux Woods Drive East, Niagara Falls).

We very much appreciate the invitation from Artpark. The talk is a part of their fall guest artist presentation series in which the “public is invited to explore the modern issues of sustainability and community development through the capabilities of public art.”

CORO Water Conference

October 10th, 2015

We are honored to be a part of the 7th annual Coro Water & Sustainability Conference on Tuesday, October 20TH at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, California.

We’ll be on the response panel of the CORO Hackathon Presentation along with Lauren Bonn and Margaret Bruning.

“Civic Art and Society” How can art shape public opinion on water?

The Coro Hackathon is a civic adaptation of the modern technical hackathon model. With minds instead of computers and inquiry instead of coding, Coro Fellows explore and synthesize the logic of a given societal issue.

Hackathon Response Panel:
Lauren Bon
Metabolic Studios

Margaret Bruning
Director of Civic Art
Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Robert Ferry
Founding Co-Director
Land Art Generator Initiative

About Coro:

Coro was founded in San Francisco in 1942 by W. Donald Fletcher, an attorney, and Van Duyn Dodge, an investment counselor, to train young veterans in the leadership skills necessary to assure that our democratic system of government could more effectively meet the needs of its citizens.

Since 1947, when the first program was delivered, Coro has grown to include Coro Centers in six cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles (1957), St. Louis (1972), Kansas City (1975), New York (1980), and Pittsburgh (1999).

300-400 participants a year go through Coro programs nationwide. At least 10,000 program alumni are currently serving as leaders in local, regional and national/global businesses, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and elected public office.

The four Centers, Programs and licensees, and an alumni service organization, are connected supported and leveraged as a system by Coro National, a 501(c) 3 governing body that serves as the national voice and partner for the regional centers and alumni participants, and works to build capacity for the system and enhance program quality standards and innovation.

Coro is a non-profit, non-partisan educational institute supported by foundations, corporations and individuals.

Daily Mail: How many solar panels would it take to power the PLANET?

October 7th, 2015

Daily Mail
By Victoria Woollaston
October 7, 2015

How many solar panels would it take to power the PLANET?
Experts reveal we would need to cover an area the size of Spain to provide the world with enough energy. The calculations were made by Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian from the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)

They used US Department of Energy data about the world consumption of energy with projected figures up to 2030.

From this, they worked out how much energy would be needed per square metre of land across the globe.

Panels would need to cover 191,817 sq miles (496,805 sq km) of land to power the world with solar panels – the equivalent to covering the whole of Spain with the boards.

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LAGI Exhibition at “Powering Our Renewable Energy Future” Conference in Eastern Maryland

October 2nd, 2015

LAGI is delighted to have an exhibition of past competition submissions as a part of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s 16th Eastern Shore Planning Conference “Powering Our Renewable Energy Future.”

Where: The Tidewater Inn, in Easton, Maryland
When: Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Eastern Shore has the potential to be the undisputed leader in Maryland’s renewable energy generation and locally produced renewable energy holds a promise of future resilience and prosperity.

Accomplishing this includes balancing the expense to resources like tillable acreage, wildlife habitat, rural vistas, and more. How can the Eastern Shore’s communities, residents, and industries benefit from clean, affordable renewable energy while maintaining its rural landscapes and independent character?

This conference seeks to understand:

  • what renewable energy technologies are available today;
  • what emerging technologies exist;
  • how can renewable energy properly fit into a rural landscape;
  • how can rural industries, like agriculture, take advantage of renewable energy technologies;
  • how can broader renewable energy adoption help make communities more resilient and add to the rural independent character of the region; and
  • how can residents and communities participate in the benefits of renewable energy?

DRSC STEM Conference

September 28th, 2015

LAGI will be presenting out 2015-2016 Youth Design Prize and educational programming at the DRSC STEM Conference on September 30th in Dayton, Ohio.

Our presentation is in Session C at 12:40PM: Public Art of the Sustainable City: STEM to STEAM.

Following the introduction to LAGI, Katie Henry will be presenting a more in-depth demonstration of how renewable energy as art can be a tool for STEM education at 1:40PM: Empowering Students to Power Themselves: Prototyping Renewable Energy Art Forms in the Classroom.


September 24th, 2015

We will be speaking at SXSW ECO, which is taking place October 5-7 in Austin, TX.

Join us and LA’s Green Public Art Consultancy as we talk about Regenerative Public Art for Living Cities in the context of LAGI 2016 Santa Monica.


Public art is a critical component of successful urban placemaking. Can it also be a force for sustainable city planning? We’ll examine how public art is getting greener, becoming regenerative, and informing the public about climate change, energy and water issues, and biodiversity loss.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) and Green Public Art are working to increase popular support for sustainable development by integrating art and interdisciplinary creative processes into the conception of site-specific, solution-based public art interventions. By presenting works of art that generate clean electricity and drinking water, we can show that sustainable development models that require localized “living” and net-zero infrastructures can result in beautiful and engaging urban spaces.

The panel will provide an overview of past LAGI and Green Public Art projects, and give a preview of the LAGI 2016 design competition for Southern California.

Event Type: Sessions
Category: Fireside Chat (no, 10AM is not too early for a fireside chat!)
Theme: Design

Living Product Expo

September 15th, 2015

LAGI will be at the Living Product Expo September 17 & 18 (2015) at the Pittsburgh Convention Center.

The LAGI founding co-directors will be speaking at the event from 5:45–6:00 pm on Thursday the 18th.

The WindNest 1/4 scale prototype will be displayed along with several past LAGI submissions, showing the world that renewable energy can be beautiful.

About the WindNest Prototype
WindNest is designed by Trevor Lee of Suprafutures to passively rotate to face the wind just like a weather vane. To test the functionality and to experiment with the ball bearing mechanism design, a prototyping team under the direction of GTK Flow Analysis fabricated this 1/4 scale model and subjected it to a series of tests under different wind conditions and speed sequences.

The full-scale installation will incorporate a slip ring to allow for continuous rotation while conducting the electricity produced by the turbines and solar fabric.

The prototype also provides the opportunity to experiment with the structure of the cloud pods and will assist with the design of the fabric skin.

WindNest prototype being installed at the Living Product Expo from Land Art Generator Initiative on Vimeo.

About the Living Product Expo
In early April, 2015, the Living Future Institute launched the Living Product Challenge. This new program re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. The Living Product Expo is a groundbreaking new event that will bring together leading minds in the product industry and ignite a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered. Sustainability directors from the world’s leading design firms, prominent manufacturers and sustainability consultants will gather to learn about game-changing innovations in product design.

The Expo will assemble a diverse group of people, industries and disciplines. Together, we will engage in a transparent, transdisciplinary and transformative dialogue to inspire the creation of the world’s first Living Products. Participants will gain new tools, knowledge and connections to effect positive change in their organizations and supply chains.

The Living Product Expo is the world’s leading place for design and manufacturing professionals to learn about game-changing products that will transform the marketplace. It will be a unique opportunity for manufacturers and designers (of all sizes) to network, learn from one another and aggregate market power to create transformative impact. Attendees will experience a stimulating agenda of education tracks, inspiring keynote presentations, tours, networking and Show + Tell product demonstrations showcasing the latest trends in sustainable products.

LAGI at the Mattress Factory

September 3rd, 2015

What does the future of renewable energy look like? LAGI will be holding a workshop at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory for all ages to engage with LAGI 2015–16 Youth Design Prize.

Visitors will interact with cutting edge clean energy technologies and explore how they can be sculpted into power plants that are also works of art for a design site in Southern California.

The Mattress Factory’s ARTlab is a hands-on, drop-in, interactive activity designed for visitors of all ages. During ARTLab visitors are invited to explore, play and experiment with projects designed inspired by current exhibitions, artists and ideas.

Saturday, September 5 from 1-4pm

Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4444

More here >

20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

August 15th, 2015

20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station
August 14, 2015
By Laura Mordas-Schenkein

Where a rusted old marquee hovered over a community center’s run down lot in the neighborhood of Homewood, Pittsburgh, a glistening installation of solar panels now rises as a symbol of hope. As part of a six-week Art+Energy summer camp, a remarkable team of 20 local youths — aged 8-17 — successfully designed and installed a grouping of solar panels, entitled “Renaissance Gate.” This is the first completed project led by the Land Art Generator Initiative, a nonprofit that aids in the development of large-scale public artworks that generate renewable energy.

Read more here >

Homewood youth tap solar energy as ‘gateway’ to betterment

August 14th, 2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Homewood youth tap solar energy as ‘gateway’ to betterment
August 14, 2015
By Daniel Moore

When Jordan Blackwell and DaVontae Garner hit the studio to polish their latest rap composition, the Homewood teenagers were faced with the challenge of trying to rhyme “kilowatt-hour.”

The duo emerged from the session with a 3-minute song — loosely inspired by Drake’s “Energy” — that helps explain why Homewood residents were turning their heads on Frankstown Avenue on Thursday.

Community leaders unveiled “Renaissance Gate,” an installation of solar panels mounted in a run-down lot where a rusted sign marquee used to stand. The panels were aesthetically angled to both take in sunlight and surround the steel frame of an arched gate, which 14-year-old DaVontae said symbolized a gateway to a new Homewood.
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Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh

July 12th, 2015

LAGI Co-Directors Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian will be presenting at:
Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh
Organized by AIA Pittsburgh and AIGA Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
July 16, 2015
Bricolage, 937 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
More information here >

Solar 2015: The 44th National Solar Conference (American Solar Energy Society)

July 12th, 2015

LAGI Co-Directors Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian will be speaking at:
Solar 2015: The 44th National Solar Conference (American Solar Energy Society)
July 28–30, 2015
The Pennsylvania State University

More Information >

City Paper Pittsburgh

March 18th, 2015

Photo by Heather Mull for the City Paper

Two articles, written by Charles Rosenblum, appear in the City Paper for the week of March 18, 2015.

Local firm goes global promoting art and sustainability: The Land Art Generator Initiative promotes public artworks that generate clean energy

A lauded green-art initiative hits a roadblock in Schenley Plaza: Land Art Generator project stalls in art commission

Biophilia Network: Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory

February 11th, 2015

LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry will be presenting the LAGI project at the Biophilia Network at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory on March 5, 2015. (Pittsburgh, PA)

More about Phipps Conservatory and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes here >.

Green Mountain Energy Sustainability Stories: Land Art Generator Initiative

February 11th, 2015

Green Mountain Energy
Sustainability Stories: Land Art Generator Initiative
February 2015
By Nick Schenck

We were thrilled when Green Mountain Energy recently reached out to us with a set of questions for their blog. The editor writes “We want to learn how other companies approach sustainability, so we’ve decided to publish a series of posts featuring innovative companies and people who are doing their part to support our planet. See below to read a guest blog from Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, founding directors at Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).”

more here >

University of British Columbia: Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

February 3rd, 2015

The LAGI Founding Directors will be lecturing at the University of British Columbia on May 12, 2015.
The lecture is being hosted by UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)
More about IRES here:

Renewable Cities: Global Learning Forum

February 3rd, 2015

Please join the LAGI Founding Directors, Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian, for a presentation and exhibition about the LAGI project at Renewable Cities: Global Learning Forum.

Event Dates: May 13–15, 2015
Event Location: Vancouver, BC
Event Website: