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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
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Friday, September 27th, 2013

10MW Tower, a skyscraper designed by LAGI’s co-founder, Robert Ferry, is featured in

10MW Tower in Dubai: Live In a Skyscraper That Acts as a Power Plant
By Jess Baker

The 10MW Tower is a dazzling residential skyscraper proposed for a neighborhood in Dubai. But the tower isn’t just a place to live; it’s a renewable energy machine that would essentially act as a power plant.

The skyscraper is the brainchild of Pittsburgh-based architecture firm Studied Impact. The “MW” in the tower’s name stands for megawatt. Studied Impact’s co-founder Robert Ferry explains three systems in the tower – a horizontal access wind turbine, a concentrated solar power armature and a solar updraft tower about two-thirds of the way up the structure – would combine to create 10 megawatts of power.

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Landscape Architects Network

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

A Canvas For Sustainability: Generating Energy Through Land Art
by Fergus McCarthy

Initiatives such as the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) promote the re-invention of energy generation through a creative acumen. The LAGI competition has become a breeding ground for advances in technology through creative thinking by artists and designers. It encourages interdisciplinary teams to take part in the internationally recognized competition, resulting in some of the most aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient land art concepts to grace the Earth.

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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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Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Artful Energy: Generating Power at Freshkills
By Jordan Sayle

“Imagine a power plant in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary. Try to picture an energy source as a work of art. That’s exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative asked designers and architects to do. For its second site-specific design competition, the non-profit organization (LAGI for short), sought to inspire plans for land art installations with the duel function of being both ornamental attractions for visitors and sources of renewable energy. This time, the initiative found a kindred spirit in a parks department that has asked citizens to envision a dumping ground as a place of natural beauty.

When LAGI’s directors were considering places on which to focus their 2012 contest, New York City’s Freshkills Park seemed like the ideal choice. The location’s transformation from what was once the world’s largest landfill to a 2,200-acre preserve is now being undertaken in stages over a 30-year development phase with a similar intent as the one informing LAGI’s own mission — questioning assumptions and repairing environmental damage with smart sustainable methods. And when it comes to alternative energy, the park has already begun harvesting methane from decomposing garbage to heat area homes.

In LAGI’s ultimate goal of one day witnessing the construction of “the world’s first work of public art, slash sustainable utility-scale power plant,” environmental stewardship goes hand in hand with the establishment of a public gathering place, just as it does in the ongoing overhaul of Freshkills.”

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