Burning Man plans a permanent, sustainable location, with a design team from MIT leading the vision
By Katherine Guimapang
March 9, 2021
The Land Art Generator Initiative collaborated with the Burning Man project to develop a design challenge that invites creative proposals for regenerative projects for Fly Ranch, an off-the-grid ranch in the Great Basin.
The competition brief asked for designers, creatives, and inventors to "integrate sustainable systems for energy, water, food, shelter, and waste management into works of art in the landscape. The objective is to build the foundational infrastructure for Fly Ranch, support Burning Man Project's 2030 sustainability goals, engage a global audience to work together towards systemic transformation, and serve as an inspiration for the developing field of regenerative design."
From regenerative venues, spaces for habitation to energy infrastructure, the design competition received nearly 200 design proposals. Out of those submissions, ten were selected as top proposals for the LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch Design Challenge. "Art and creativity are the connective strings that weave these systems together in regenerative cycles of energy flow, material reuse, and productivity, aspiring to the synergies present within flourishing natural systems" shares LAGI coordinators. "Together the LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch projects offer a beautiful example for how to live in sync with nature in a decarbonized world."