The Land Art Generator Initiative and BUGA 23 are pleased to announce the launch of LAGI 2022.

The design challenge is free to enter and is open to anyone.

The submission Deadline is September 4, 2022.

$40,000 USD in prizes.

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LAGI 2022 MannheimBeautiful Forms of Energy—is an opportunity to weave renewable energy into the city in ways that improve human thriving. As a part of the German Bundesgartenschau (BUGA 23), the design challenge includes a number of themes and ideas for inspiration aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Just as a garden is a productive landscape for nourishment that also brings us joy and pleasure, how can we re-imagine our energy landscapes so that they bring joy and pleasure to our communities? How can renewable energy be integrated in beautiful ways into everyday life so that it is not some cold and utilitarian technology, but is instead an artful accessory that we all desire to have?

LAGI 2022 Mannheim offers the opportunity for creatives to tell a new and inspiring climate story—a narrative that moves beyond the doom and gloom of what will happen to our planet if we don’t act. Instead, we can paint a detailed picture of the wonderful, equitable, and thriving world we will create through our collective action. This story is about the incredible quality of life and the wonderful experiences of those who will live in a world beyond carbon. Desire is the motivation that will drive massive change and artists and designers hold the magic key to unlock that desire.

LAGI is an extraordinary initiative that we are happy to give space to within the framework of the Federal Horticultural Show Mannheim 2023. The competition fits in well with our guiding themes of climate, energy, environment, and food security, which are reflected in all areas of BUGA 23. In our experimental field we take a playful approach to these future topics. This approach is also what makes the LAGI competition so special.

—Michael Schnellbach, Managing Director of BUGA 23

Results of the open-call international design competition will be on display at BUGA 23 from April – October 2023.

A beautiful hardcover book with 70 of the best submissions will be published by Hirmer Publishing.

More about BUGA 23:

Aerial photograph of Spinelli Park, the design site of LAGI 2022. Your design can exist anywhere within the 53 hectare design site area—covering some part of the site or multiple locations across the site—and should share space to support the future use of the site as a public park.


March 14, 2022
LAGI 2022 competition opens.

March 14, 2022 – August 15, 2022
Open period for questions.

Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 11:59 PM Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Competition closes

October 2022 – December 2022
Selection & jury process

December 2022
Winners & shortlist contacted

April 2023
Award ceremony and exhibition at BUGA 23 in Mannheim, Germany.

April 2023 – October 2023
Exhibition and book launch at at BUGA 23 in Mannheim, Germany.

LAGI 2022 Partner

The sponsor and host of LAGI 2022 Mannheim is BUGA 23, the German Federal Horticulture Show (Bundesgartenschau). Click on the logo below to access the BUGA 23 website.


1st Prize $30,000 USD
2nd Prize $10,000 USD
One representative of the first and second place winning teams will be flown to Mannheim for the award ceremony and exhibition opening at BUGA 23.


Award ceremony and exhibition at BUGA 23, which will take place at Spinelli Park in Mannheim, Germany.


The LAGI 2022 publication featuring the top 50+ submissions will be released in January 2023 by Hirmer Verlag. Click HERE for examples of past LAGI design competition publications.


Dr. Peter Kurz
Lord Mayor
City of Mannheim

Michael Schnellbach

Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink
Former Head of Energy Efficiency and Renewables
European Commission Joint Research Centre

Dr. Alessandra Scognamiglio
Architect, Senior Researcher

Helen Turner
Artistic Director and Curator
E-WERK Luckenwalde

Dr. Clark Miller
Professor and Director
Center for Energy & Society
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University

Marjan van Aubel
Solar Designer
Marjan Van Aubel Studio

Asha Singhal
Regenerative Designer
Hybrid Futures

Andreas Kipar
Landscape Architect, BDLA – AIAPP – IFLA
Co-Founder, CEO, and Creative Director

Peter Slavenburg

Karin Heyl
VP Social Engagement


The LAGI 2022 Mannheim design site boundary invites you to imagine your renewable energy design across multiple scales.

At the civic park scale is the vast landscape recently made available in the city of Mannheim following the closing of the U.S. Military’s Spinelli Barracks. The land has been remediated and the space will open to the public during BUGA 23. Following the Bundesgartenschau, the site will become primarily a public park—a gateway to the Rhein-Neckar Green Corridor—and may incorporate a productive energy landscape that can significantly contribute to Mannheim’s renewable energy generation capacity. We invite you to design that energy landscape as a public park.

On the other end of the scale spectrum we ask that some element of your design proposal fit beautifully to power a private garden. The German Schrebergarten is a small plot of land that provides opportunity for urban dwellers to engage with nature and grow ornamental or edible gardens. Visitors to BUGA 23 will want to see how your energy landscape design can translate to the scale of their own Schrebergarten.