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Can This Giant Orb in the Pacific Provide California with Drinkable Water?

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Architectural Digest
Can This Giant Orb in the Pacific Provide California with Drinkable Water?
By Leslie Anne Wiggins
September 1, 2016

“Santa Monica, California, is the 2016 site for the Land Art Generator Initiative, a global sustainable design event now in its fourth year. Because of the state’s ongoing drought, the current competition required that proposals include a plan for drinking water production. The winners won’t be announced until next month, but one of the standout entries is from a South Korean team who designed a 131-foot-diameter glass sphere that would sit out in the Pacific, beyond the iconic Santa Monica Pier.”

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Architectural Digest

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Architectural Digest
Is This Solar-Powered Structure the Answer to California’s Water Crisis?
By Carrie Hojnicki
August 29, 2016

“California has a host of serious issues, ranging from budget deficits to earthquakes. Yet among the more critical concerns is the state’s ever-growing water crisis. Chief among those responding to this dilemma is the Land Art Generator Initiative, whose motto says it all: “Renewable energy can be beautiful.” The Initiative hosts a biannual competition, this year focusing on harnessing clean energy to ameliorate Southern California’s drought plight. Though the winners of the 2016 competition will not be announced until October, one design is already making waves: Khalili Engineers’ The Pipe, an elegant and low-impact means of harnessing the Pacific Ocean into safe drinking water.”
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Las Vegas Weekly

Wednesday, 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.

Forecast Public Art: Public Art Review

Thursday, 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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Time Magazine: Giant Floating Duck Proposed to Bring Green Energy to Copenhagen

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Time Magazine
Giant Floating Duck Proposed to Bring Green Energy to Copenhagen
August 3, 2014, By Nolan Feeney

“Here’s an idea for energy sustainability that’s not mere quackery: A team of British designers and artists have proposed a floating tourist attraction that would gather solar energy in Copenhagen Harbor as the Danish city works to become carbon-neutral by the year 2025.”

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Shawati’ Magazine

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Shawati’ Magazine
Eye Opening Art: From Abu Dhabi to Copenhagen
Spring 2014

This lovely article in the spring issue of Abu Dhabi’s Shawati’ magazine provides a background of the Land Art Generator Initiative. LAGI is honored that Shawati’ is our media partner for 2014!

Public Art Review

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Vision Behind the Land Art Generator Initiative
A video interview with Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry

“The Land Art Generator Initiative has formulated an approach to design thinking that intrigued us since the moment we first found out about them. We wanted to know more about their vision and mission, so we asked them for an in-person interview. This video will take you behind the scenes with Elizabeth and Robert as they give us insight into their work from the development of the initiative to the implementation of actual projects.”

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Public Art Review

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Trash to Treasure: Conceptual projects imagine a renewable future for the world’s biggest junkyard
By Joe Hart
Cover image:
A submission to LAGI 2012 by Paolo Venturella, Alessandro Balducci, Gilberto Bonelli, Rocco Valantines, Mario Emanuele Salini, Pietro Bodria

Issues in Science and Technology

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Journal of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, University of Texas at Dallas, and Arizona State University
Fall 2013
8-page graphic spread featuring 12 submissions to LAGI design competitions
more about the journal

Green Building & Design

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Green Building & Design
May/June 2013 Editor’s Picks
By Timothy A. Schuler

“Each time we put our mark on the land, we accept the ‘terms and conditions’ of the Earth, which state plainly that what we build will not last forever. This idea is well represented below in the contrast between the nascent design work happening at Freshkills Park and the practically post-apocalyptic slog of Detroit. Wherever they fall on the spectrum, here are six things we guarantee will leave you thinking about the sustainability of our cities.” ….

“The Land Art Generator Initiative’s 2012 competition involved a site within Freshkills Park, a 2,200-acre former landfill now maintained by New York City’s parks and recreation department. Proposals for art that also generated clean energy came from around the world, visions of giant screens laced with piezoelectric wires (the winner), cornucopia-like wind farms, even 99 red balloons, which unlike those in the song would be 50 feet tall and lined with transparent solar cells. Sifting through them is like watching a movie trailer for the future.”

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Monday, November 19th, 2012

LAGI: i vincitori
by Annacaterina Piras

“Si è inaugurata lo scorso 25 ottobre l’esposizione dei progetti partecipanti alla seconda edizione del concorso internazionale su energie rinnovali e arte Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), patrocinato dal Dipartimento per i parchi della città di New York (New York City Parks & Recreation), promosso dai fondatori della associazione non profit Society for Cultural Exchange Robert Ferry e Elisabeth Monoian, per l’ideazione di un’opera di arte pubblica che produca energia da fonti rinnovabili, con scenario d’ambientazione il polmone verde di oltre 2.200 acri (più di 800 ettari, quasi tre volte Central Park) di Freshkills Park, Staten Island, restituito alla città attraverso il progetto di rinaturalizzazione ecologica dell’ex discarica più estesa del mondo.”
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Dwell Asia Magazine

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Dwell Asia Magazine (September/October Issue) has a great review of The Time Is Now: Public Art of the Sustainable City. Click image for larger version.

The book is beautifully designed by Page One Publishing. It includes 51 submissions to the 2010 edition of the LAGI design competition, as well as fascinating essays written by Beth Carruthers, Michiel Van Raaij, and Reuben Andrews (with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority). It also includes a forward essay by LAGI and an opening statement by Masdar.

“And now the final beauty of this initiative is that we can explore the feasibility of implementing all the leading submissions—again creating a link between a future vision and today’s reality”

-Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar

It is now available directly from the publisher and in select retail outlets.

Click HERE for information about how to purchase your copy. Or you can now also purchase directly online through Kinokuniya Book World.

From the publisher’s description:

In 2010, the Land Art Generator Initiative held its first international design competition to explore the various facets of renewable energy’s beauty. Artists, architects, engineers and scientists from around the world worked together to design power plants that would function not only as infrastructure for clean energy production, but also as conceptually powerful works of art for the United Arab Emirates. This book presents the best of the entries, the winners of which were chosen by an international jury. The aim is to actualise public art that fulfills its societal role while pushing the boundaries of technology—progress at peace with the natural world.

Sculpture Magazine

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

A review of “A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies”
by Sculpture Magazine (A publication of the International Sculpture Center), September 2012

Conservation Magazine

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Conservation MagazinePowered By Art Renewable Energy Can Be Beautiful
by Lindsey Doermann

Featuring Windstalk by Darío Núñez-Ameni and Thomas Siegl (Atelier dna), Light Sanctuary by Martina Decker and Peter Yeadon (Decker Yeadon LLC), and FERN by Takuya Onishi (Launchpad05).


Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Energie beflügelt Designer-Phantasien
Publication by BS | Energy
by Romana Ringel

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National Geographic Explorers | Take Action

Friday, December 30th, 2011

See the project post about the Land Art Generator Initiative and TAKE ACTION!
Renewable Energy Can Be Beautiful—Expanding Public Awareness Through Art

Renewable Energy Magazine

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Who needs blades when you can have stalks
by Toby Price

Energie Sensibili

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Land Art: rinnovabile è bello
Al Freshkills Park di New York il concorso che premia l’energia green coniugata all’estetica

by Viviana Spinella

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

A Beautiful Renewable Energy Generator
by Marion Hart

Architect Magazine (AIA Publication)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Fresh Kills Needs Fresh Ideas
By Fred A. Bernstein


Monday, April 11th, 2011

Rinnovabili, ma anche belle
by Alessandra Viola


Friday, April 8th, 2011

Artsource April Newsletter (PDF – see pages 9-11 for article about LAGI)
Please see Artsource’s homepage for more information about this amazing institution representing and providing critical support for visual artists.

gb&d Green Building & Design Magazine

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Global Competition Champions Green Energy
January Issue (Page 19)

Abu Dhabi Week

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Art that generates energy
by Megan Wynes

Time Out Dubai

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The campaign that could change the way we think about renewable energy
By David Clack, 2 February 2011

Construction Week

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Winners of Land Art Generator Initiative Announced
by Selina Denman on Jan 25, 2011

Dwell Magazine

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

New Power Generation
By Asami Novak
Published: January 4, 2011

All Business

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

ABU DHABI – The Oil Market
APS Review Downstream Trends

Priority Magazine on Singapore Airlines

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Power of Art
January 1, 2010 – March 30, 2010 in-flight (Business and First Class)

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Popular Science

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Future of Residential Architecture
by Suzanne LeBarre, Popular Science, October 2010

The Popular Science generated illustrations of the house don’t quite accurately portray some of the systems. For a more accurate graphic representation of the design, please see the Positive Impact House at Studied Impact Design.


Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Aspire (PDF)
Itihad’s inflight magazine for Business and First Class, September-October, 2010

Time Out Dubai

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Green Power in Dubai
by Laura Chubb, Time Out Dubai, July 19, 2010

Popular Science

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Future of Green Architecture: A Live-In Power Plant
by Suzanne LeBarre, Popular Science, June 2010

Renewable Energy World Magazine

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Renewable Energy Through Public Art (PDF)
REnergy World, April 2010

Time Out Dubai

Monday, July 20th, 2009

What is Sustainable Art?, Time Out Dubai, July 20, 2009