LAGI 2019

Abu Dhabi

Above is a small sampling of LAGI 2019 submissions including the shortlist as chosen by the selection committee.

LAGI 2019 Design Guidelines


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

Lukas Sokol
Head, City Design, Sustainable Planning

Chris Wan
Head, Design Management

Tim Mollette-Parks
Landscape Architect
Associate Principal, Mithun

Zac Cirivello
Operations Manager, Fly Ranch
Burning Man Project

Hala El Akl
Architect & Urban Planner
Director, PLP Architecture, London

Raya Ani
Founder | Design Director
RAW-NYC Architects

Daniel Glaessl
Design Director
Gensler Silicon Valley

Emily Doherty
The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award

LAGI 2019
site typology: city portal


LAGI 2019 Abu Dhabi—Return to the Source—invited creatives to design an iconic work of art for a landmark site within Masdar City, Abu Dhabi using renewable energy technology as a medium of creative expression to 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.

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 28 shortlisted projects designed for Masdar City.


LAGI 2019 Publication
The LAGI 2019 book featuring 65 submissions was published with Prestel (a division of Random House) and was released in January 2020 at the World Future Energy Summit.

LAGI 2019 was sponsored by Masdar

LAGI 2019 was held in partnership with / and was an official side event of the 24th World Energy Congress