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LAGI 2019 Abu Dhabi—Return to the Source—invites you to create an iconic work of art for a landmark site within Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. Your artwork will use renewable energy technology as a medium of creative expression and will provide on-site energy production consistent with the master plan of the city.
Masdar is the Arabic word for “source.” As the name of Abu Dhabi’s multifaceted renewable energy company and most ambitious low-carbon development, it is a reference to the Sun, the source of energy that sustains life on Earth, drives the wind and waves, and that over millions of years powered the transfer of ancient carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into the ground, creating a climate habitable to humans.
“Source” also has meaning within the context of the Land Art Generator initiative, which was established in the UAE in 2008. The first LAGI design competition was supported by Masdar and the award ceremony took place at the 2011 World Future Energy Summit, where eight years later the 2019 LAGI design competition is launched.
LAGI 2019 presents a new kind of challenge from the Land Art Generator initiative. This year’s special edition is in partnership with the 24th World Energy Congress, the largest and most influential global energy event, that has been a forum for innovation and dialogue on energy issues for 95 years. The 24th World Energy Congress will be the venue for the exhibition of 25 shortlisted projects designed for Masdar City.
LAGI 2019—Return to the Source—invites you to present your vision for what public art looks like within the public spaces of Masdar City—the global capital of sustainability.
LAGI 2019 Publication
The LAGI 2019 book featuring 50–60 submissions will be published with Prestel (a division of Random House) and will be released in January 2020 at the World Future Energy Summit.
LAGI 2019 is sponsored by Masdar
LAGI 2019 is held in partnership with / and is an official side event of the 24th World Energy Congress
1st Place Prize
2nd Place Prize
LAGI 2019 Registration and Submission Portal >
Registration, supplemental downloads, q&a, submissions
January 16, 2019
LAGI 2019 competition opens
End of question & answer period
Answers will be posted to the LAGI website
Competition closes at 23:59 (11:59 pm)
Selection & jury process
Winners & shortlist contacted
Award ceremony and exhibition held at the
24th World Energy Congress, Abu Dhabi
Exhibition and book launch at the World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi
H.E. Eng. Fatima Alfoora Alshamsi
Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity and Future Energy
in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy and Industry; CEO 24th World Energy Congress Organizing Committee
Yousef Ahmed Baselaib
Executive Director Sustainable Real Estate
Head, City Design, Sustainable Planning
Head, Design Management
Associate Principal, Mithun
Operations Manager, Fly Ranch
Burning Man Project
Hala El Akl
Architect & Urban Planner
Director, PLP Architecture, London
Founder | Design Director
Gensler Silicon Valley
The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award