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Temple University and the Village of Arts and Humanities host LAGI in Philadelphia

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Photo by Katia McGuirk
Photo by Katia McGuirk

On February 3rd and 4th, 2017, LAGI was in Philadelphia to give a talk at Temple and facilitate a design workshop with the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia.

Read more about the events on our blog: Imagining Solar Art at the Village of Arts and Humanities Philadelphia.


Presentation in San Antonio on July 19, 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016

We will be speaking in San Antonio on the Aesthetics of Renewable Energy on July 19, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Center for Architecture, 1344 South Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204. The event is co-sponsored by the Land Heritage Institute and the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Made possible through support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

There is a nice article in the San Antonio Current, and don’t miss reading this great piece by Penelope Boyer, who has coordinate the event, in the Rivard Report.

The New American Patriot: Climate Art in the Public Interest

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Land Art Generator Initiative public art proposals will be on display at The Box Gallery as a part of The New American Patriot: Climate Art in the Public Interest. Thanks to Mary Jo Aagerstoun for including us in the exhibition.

Opening Reception
Friday, July 1, 2016 | 7 p.m.
The Box Gallery
811b- Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

The Box Gallery located at 811b Belvedere Road presents The New American Patriot: Climate Art in the Public Interest Exhibition. This exhibition brings together some of the most powerful artists and artists organizations creating “Art in the Public Interest.” The exhibition is nation-wide artist response to climate change in a wide variety of approaches from visual witticisms and colorful installations, to some very sobering documentary pieces.

The American Patriot celebrates and includes the work of Hot Posse, The Yes Men, Annie Sprinkle, Steve Lambert, Rolando Chang Barrero, Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, The Center for Creative Activism, Aviva Rahmani, Overpass Light Brigade, The Climate Action Coalition, Xavier Cortada, Dana Donaty, Birds are Nice, Craig McInnis, Nadia Utto, Bethany Taylor, Roseanne Truxes Livingston, David Peck, Elizabeth Reed, Lloyd Goradesky, The Post Carbon Institute, Mary Jo Aagerstoun, Jesse Etelson, Shawn Robbins, Jerry Lind, Jan Booher, Lane Hall, Joe Brusky, Kim Heise, Marika Stone, Sarah Younger, and others…
7:30 Spoken Performance by Marika Stone.

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.

Imaginative Engagement

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Imaginative Engagement programme at Renewable Energy Marketplace
Tuesday, April 8
Exeter, UK

People want to engage in energy issues, but the way they do it needs to be interesting!
These inspiring people are involved in creative ways to engage people in the sustainable energy and climate change debate.

13:30 Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian, Land Art Generator Initiative
Public Art and the Aesthetics of Renewable Energy

The talk will highlight the background of the Land Art Generator Initiative in the context of art history, urban planning, and the net-zero energy construction movement.

Athenaeum Lectures

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Athenaeum Lectures
Dialogues in Art and Architecture, 22nd Season (La Jolla, California)
Moderated by Robert Pincus

Thursday, April 10
Renewable Energy and Positive Impact Buildings
Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, Land Art Generator Initiative

The series is coordinated by the Athenaeum with artist and environmental sculptor Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The program is co-sponsored by the San Diego New School of Architecture, as well as the San Diego Council of Design Professionals, the San Diego Architectural Foundation, and Public Address.

Regenerative Infrastructures

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Regenerative Infrastructures

We are very pleased to announce the release of Regenerative Infrastructures, available now at Amazon and other retail outlets. This hardbound book, beautifully designed by Paul Schifino, is an in-depth exploration of the Land Art Generator Initiative for Freshkills Park on New York’s Staten Island. It is an excellent resource for everyone who is interested in the design of our renewable energy future.

In addition to showcasing details of 65 thought-provoking entries to the 2012 LAGI design competition, the book contains essays on art, urban ecology, and energy landscapes by writers such as Thaddeus Pawlowski (NYC City Planning, Urban Planning Dept.), Eloise Hirsh (Freshkills Parks Administrator, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation), Heather Rogers (Independent Journalist and contributor to New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones,and The Nation), Tafline Laylin (Independent Journalist and contributor to Inhabitat and Green Prophet), Mitchell Joachim (Terreform One), Ann Rosenthal (ecoartist and educator), Andreas Kipar (Landscape Architect), and Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry (co-founders of LAGI).

Please join us on June 26 at Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. We will be celebrating the opening of the LAGI 2012 exhibit and launching the book. The exhibition will showcase the shortlisted proposals, and will be up until late August. There will be events in conjunction every two weeks, and we really look forward to seeing everyone and engaging in interesting conversations around energy and art. We’ll send another newsletter update in early June with more information and event dates.

Details from the Prestel Spring Catalog:



Formerly a symbol of immense urban waste, the Fresh Kills Landfill is being transformed into an enormous parkland that is destined to exemplify the values of ecological restoration and environmental sustainability. Part of that transformation includes a competition for a site-specific public artwork designed to operate as a source of clean energy for the city utility grid. This volume features many of the top submissions to the Land Art Generator Initiative, which aims to create sustainable design solutions that integrate art and technology into renewable energy infrastructure around the world.

The book draws a much-needed connection between the two critical issues of sustainable development—energy generation and waste management—highlighting solutions that address both problems at once, thereby creating economically beneficial hybrid utility installations.

CAROLINE KLEIN is an architect and freelance author and editor for international architectural magazines and publishing houses.

THE LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE, founded in 2010 by Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, brings together artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, and engineers to advance sustainable design solutions for large-scale renewable energy infrastructure.

240 pages with 250 illustrations; Hardcover; 11 x 9 in. / 28 x 23 cm; ISBN 978-3-7913-5286-2; Publication date: May 2013.

Join us August 19 for Art Activity Day: Leslie Park Collective—Pittsburgh

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

If you are in Pittsburgh please join LAGI and the Leslie Park Collective at Art Activity Day at Leslie Park Pool! We will be handing out free copies of “A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies” along with having discussions about the aesthetics of renewable energy.

There will be a great interactive installation by the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art as well as with many other activities.

The event will be Sunday, August 19, from noon to 5 pm at Leslie Park Pool in Pittsburgh.

Hope to see you there!

ISEA 2012

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

We will be participating on a panel discussion during ISEA 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (September 19-21). Thank you Vicki Sowry from the Australian Network for Art and Technology [ANAT] for inviting us!


Thursday, August 9th, 2012

We are looking forward to presenting a lecture during PHOTOVOLTAICS, FORMS, LANDSCAPES in Frankfurt, Germany on September 25.

Below is a description of the event from their website:


This special event, that highlights the interaction of PV systems with buildings and landscape, will outline the vision of a transition from PV architecture into urban and non-urban landscapes and how architects take up this challenge.

In a future Zero Energy Building scenario it is considered that PV solar energy covers the energy needs of the living space (electricity services, heating and cooling).How could buildings look like to incorporate this energy source?

How would out-of-city landscapes offer opportunities to satisfy the energy-hunger?

At the moment, the traditional domain of architecture design takes into account only the physical space we live in, that we can envision with our traditional tools, and, in the end, ‘categorise’ and ‘touch’. For the net zero energy challenge, in consequence, architectural design needs to foresee for each m² of a ‘designed’ space about 2.5m² more ‘energy-surfaces’, which are generally neither envisioned nor designed. We need a shift of perspective and to learn how to combine the design for the space we live in, and the space for generating the energy. We cannot leave the energy generation in a technological corner where design has no role, and where the forms of our cities and our landscapes would be affected in a way which the public does not accept, making fail all positive aspects of the net zero energy community.

The realization of the 2021-Nearly Zero Energy Buildings objective is a great challenge, but at the same instance also a unique opportunity for a new school of performative design. Energy, in fact, has a new, more than symbolic and societal meaning, that can be made visible by design beyond traditional architectural categories. It develops new visions appropriate for the needs of today.

As an official event of the 27th EU PVSEC, the Photovoltaics, Forms, Landscapes Workshop is jointly organised by ENEA, ETA-Florence Renewable Energies and the EU PVSEC.

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

We are looking forward to speaking at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science East (Held jointly with European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), October 17-20, 2012, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Join Us on Saturday, July 28 in Staten Island 10am-5pm

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Saturday, July 28, 2012
105 Water Street
Staten Island, NY 10304
10am – 5pm
Free and open to the public

Please join the Land Art Generator Initiative for a day on Staten Island and a sneak preview of submissions to the 2012 LAGI NYC design competition for Freshkills Park. You’ll learn all about renewable energy technologies, land art and public art, and even design your own energy-generating public artwork!

We will be providing free copies of A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies, a 67 page book that details all of the different methods by which clean energy can be safely harnessed from nature. Renewable energy is so much more than just solar panels and wind turbines. We’ll discover how sustainable infrastructure can be beautiful!

Special thanks to the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island who have helped make this event possible. Funding for the event comes from the Horne Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Women as Global Leaders

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Elizabeth Monoian (co-founder, LAGI) will be speaking at the 2012 Women as Global Leaders Conference. She’ll be presenting the Land Art Generator Initiative there on Wednesday, March 14, at 3:45PM.

Shelter Blog

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Entrepreneurs at the Intersection of Art and Energy
This is a very nice post about our lecture last week at Shelter Dubai.
Thanks to Mary Ames and everyone at Shelter.

Shelter Dubai

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

January 19th at 7pm
Aesthetic Renewable Energy Infrastructure – more information is available at the Shelter facebook event page.
A Lecture on the background of the Land Art Generator Initiative, the 2010 edition and the launch of the 2012 edition for New York City.

TEDx Pittsburgh (video)

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Video from our presentation at TEDx Pittsburgh. Thanks to Leadership Pittsburgh for organizing this wonderful event.

TEDx Pittsburgh

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Presenters at TEDx Pittsburgh, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, November 19 and 20.
Organized by Leadership Pittsburgh

See the talk here >

ISEA 2011 Istanbul

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Land Art Generator Initiative was presented at the 2011 International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) in Istanbul. Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry (LAGI Co-founders) presented a paper, “New Aesthetic Energy Infrastructure and the Land Art Generator Initiative” in the Urban Ecologies session, and chaired a panel discussion: Public Art of the Sustainable City, which included presenters: Patricia Watts (ecoartspace), Nacho Zamora (solar artworks), and Glen Lowry (Emily Carr University).

Abstract of the Panel Discussion:

As we endeavor to extricate civilization from fossil fuel dependence, the existential debate over the purpose of art deserves renewed attention in the context of natural ecology and human consumption. Is it possible for works of public art to contribute actively to the solution to the problems that confront us? Can interdisciplinary art inspire, through example, the type of social change required to significantly reduce the negative impact of human consumption on the planet? Papers presented will present examples of projects at various scales that seek to address ecological issues, beyond didactic expression, through the incorporation of technology.

This panel discussion will address the continuum of public art, clean energy precedents, and contemporary technologies. Within this framework we will outline and illustrate the potential that interdisciplinary teams and communities around the world have to expand both the dialogue and actual change.

AIA San Francisco Committee on the Environment

Friday, August 26th, 2011

We’ll be speaking at the last International Series Panel of the season:
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6pm
130 Sutter Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco
Here is a link for more information.

American Institute of Architects, Middle East Chapter

Friday, June 10th, 2011

We will be presenting the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI): Renewable Energy Infrastructure and Public Space. The presentation will take place at Al-Mamoura Auditorium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 14 June 2011 at 19.00 sharp. A big thank you to the Middle East chapter of the American Institute of Architects for hosting this talk. For active AIA members, this presentation is worth 1.0 HSW/SD LU.

The presentation is open to everyone. We do kindly request that you RSVP to so that the organizers may get a sense of attendance numbers.

Masdar Market Day! April 29th

Friday, April 29th, 2011

We’ll be participating in the Masdar City Market Day on April 29th. The event is free and open to the public. Stop by between 10am and 5pm on the 29th of April and see the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology’s new campus, the first completed phase of the Masdar City development. You’ll be able to ride the new Personal Rapid Transit vehicle to the venue and there will be many eco-vendors there to showcase their environmentally conscious products.

Best of Pecha Kucha

Monday, November 1st, 2010

November 8, 2010
We’ll be presenting LAGI in a new version of the Pecha Kucha presentation that we gave about a year and a half ago. It will be updated to show some of the 2010 design competition entries.
Part of the Abraaj Capital Celebration of Entrepreneurship

Responsible Urbanism Research Lab

Monday, November 1st, 2010

November 3, 2010 at 6:00pm
CAS Sustainability Lecture Series 2010
Zayed University Abu Dhabi Campus Y Auditorium

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Monday, October 18th, 2010

Hosted by the United Nations mandated University for Peace, El Rodeo de Mora, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
Slideshow Presentation of LAGI 2010 Competiton
November 6th, 2010

Time Out Dubai

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Muqtanayati: One Hundred Treasures is the latest exhibit at The JamJar gallery in Al Quoz. It runs 14 – 21 October 2010.

A.U.S. Spring Lecture Series

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

We’ll be speaking about LAGI at
The College of Architecture, Art and Design of the American University of Sharjah
(This has been rescheduled for the spring. Stay tuned for more information)


Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Part of Budapest Design Week
Images on Display of The Almeisan Tower and The 10MW Tower,
both positive impact designs for Dubai.
October 1. 18:00 Design Terminal
1051 Budapest, Erzsébet square
Open: October 1 – 31, Mon–Sun 10:00–18:00
Exhibit curated by Zsuzsanna Sárossy

International Conference on the Constructed Environment

Monday, September 20th, 2010

International Conference on the Constructed Environment in conjunction with the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale
Conference Speakers, Venice, Italy, November 2010

Nuqat Foundation

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Conference on Visual Pollution in the Arab World
Conference Speakers, GUST University, Kuwait City, October 24-28, 2010


Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Public Viewing of LAGI 2010 Competition Entries
Marble Walk (B1 Level), Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Dubai, UAE, June 23-30, 2010


Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Chalhoub World Environment Day
The Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC)

Dubai, UAE, June 2010

Eco Friendly Expo

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Eco Friendly Expo
"The Power of Green" Lecturer, New York, NY, May 2010

Bar Camp

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

BarCamp UAE
Session Speaker, Dubai, UAE, May 2010

The 22nd International Sculpture Conference

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The 22nd International Sculpture Conference Sculpture, Society and Environment
Panel Presenters, London, UK, April 2010


Saturday, March 20th, 2010

That Fleeting Moment
The Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC)
Dubai, UAE, March 2009

Green Drinks

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Green Drinks
Presenters, Dubai, March 2010

The Art Work Between Technology and Nature

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The Art Work Between Technology and Nature
Conference Speakers, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark, January 2010

Tasmena MENAlab Talk Series

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

MENAlab Talk Series: Tasmena

Panel Presenters, Dubai, UAE, January 2010

World Future Energy Summit 2010

Monday, January 18th, 2010

World Future Energy Summit

Round Table Presenters, Dubai, UAE, January 2010

Art Oasis: A Green Vision

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Art Oasis: A Green Vision
Artists in Residence, Panel Presenters, Exhibitors
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 2009