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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.

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


Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Fresh Inspiration for Energy and Art
by Jordan Sayle

Clean Tech Authority

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Art That Creates Renewable Energy – Q&A With LAGI
by Kiva Bottero

TEDx Pittsburgh (video)

Monday, December 5th, 2011

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

International Energy Agency

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The latest publication by the International Energy Agency, Solar Energy Perspectives, is now available for purchase. We are very honored that in Chapter 11 (Testing the Limits; Footprint of Solar Electricity;pg 209) our graphic on the surface area required to fuel the world with solar was adapted as Figure 11.8.

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Powered by Public Art: 10 Stunning “Aesthetic Power Plants” for Abu Dhabi and Dubai
By Jennifer Hattam

A really nice overview of the 2010 competition as a teaser of what is to come from the ideas competition for Freshkills Park, NYC in 2012!

Renewable Energy Magazine

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Who needs blades when you can have stalks
by Toby Price

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 >

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

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.

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

A Beautiful Renewable Energy Generator
by Marion Hart

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.

Arch Daily

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Land Art Generator Initiative – SOLARIS / Predock_Frane Architects
by Christopher Henry

Masdar Times

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

See page 10 for an article about LAGI in the Masdar Times Newsletter: Art Meets Science (PDF 4MB)

Gotham Gazette

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

From Garbage Dump to Energy Source
by Vicky Plestis


Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The Power of Beauty
by Sarah Blackman

Abu Dhabi Week

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The Land Art Generator Initiative – June 2011
This is the video that is playing currently on Etihad Airlines in-flight entertainment.

Land Art Generator Initiative – June 2011 from John Sammon on Vimeo.

Earth Techling

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Clean Energy Via Landfill Art To Power NYC
by Susan DeFreitas

Architect Magazine (AIA Publication)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Fresh Kills Needs Fresh Ideas
By Fred A. Bernstein

The Weekend West, News for Western Australia/Perth

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Art Flicks the Switch (PDF)
By Lindsay McPhee

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.


Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

NYC’s Freshkills Park Chosen as Site of 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative
by Jessica Dailey

Press Release

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Clean Energy and Public Art Design Competition to be held for Freshkills Park, Staten Island

(New York City/May 24, 2011) The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) announced today that, in partnership with New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation, the 2012 LAGI design competition will be held for a site within Freshkills Park (the former Fresh Kills landfill) in Staten Island.

Read the rest of the press release HERE (PDF)

Etihad Airways

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Video segment about the Land Art Generator Initiative showing during the month of June
In-flight entertainment on Etihad Airways


Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Solar-Powered Plastikoleum Tower Recycles Plastic Back into 900 Barrels of Oil a Day
by Tafline Laylin

Interiors UAE

Monday, May 9th, 2011

We spoke at Interiors UAE on May 9 and presented LAGI, our positive impact design work at Studied Impact, and an overview of the International Living Building Institute’s Living Building Challenge.
A great article about the event appeared on Green Prophet.

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.


Monday, April 11th, 2011

Rinnovabili, ma anche belle
by Alessandra Viola

Zayed University Supports LAGI 2012

Friday, April 8th, 2011

We are very pleased to announce that Zayed University has awarded Elizabeth Monoian (Principal and Co-founder of LAGI) the Provost’s Research Fellowship for her work on LAGI. Please see our post on the LAGI blog for more information.

MENAlab 2011: Cutting Through the City

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Elizabeth and I will be running Lab #2 for the amazing MENAlab2011. Hope to see you there! Registration is open. Send an email to to sign up.

We’ll be exploring Art Outside the Gallery for Site Specific Interventions, very broadly defined and how this genre presents a great opportunity for Dubai.


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.

Thin Film Today

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Shape of Things to Come
by Heba Hashem

Earth Techling

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

US And UAE Collaborate On Solar Tech
by Caleb Denison
(we’re a side note in this article, but its great context regarding collaborative efforts between US and UAE)


Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Lunar Cubit: A 1.74 KW generating art installation outside Masdar City, UAE
By Dennis Lynch

gb&d Green Building & Design Magazine

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Global Competition Champions Green Energy
January Issue (Page 19)

Green Prophet

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Interview With Abu Dhabi’s Most Innovative Design Couple
by Tafline Laylin

MSNBC / Discovery News

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Then a light bulb went off — solar-powered art!
By Amy Dusto link