Lecture by LAGI Directors
January 9, 2018, 12:30
San Francisco, CA
Lecture by LAGI Directors
SPUR Talk: Making Renewable Energy a Beautiful Part of the City
By Roger Rudick
Jan 9, 2018
"Power plants used to be located in the middle of cities. Back in the start of the 20th Century, there was no such thing as a high-voltage distribution grid, so small generators were placed right in downtowns. They were often ensconced in beautiful, art-deco buildings that blended with the rest of the street. “But once we were able to raise voltages, we got rid of central locations for power plants, because they were pretty polluting,” explained Robert Ferry, co-founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), a Seattle-based non-profit, during a presentation this afternoon at SPUR’s Urban Center in San Francisco. “And we got the power plants we think of today.” Read More >
What will you design?
LAGI 2018 is free and open to anyone around the world, and invites you to design a large-scale and site-specific public art installation that generates clean energy by incorporating renewable energy technology as the primary media for the art.
The project is sponsored by the State of Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning, and hosted by the City of Port Phillip.
The theme of the LAGI 2018 competition is "Energy Overlays—the superimposition of energy and art onto an emerging master plan for urban regeneration."
The design brief has been carefully crafted with local partners to align with the strategic plans and cultural context of the local site, the city, and the region. The outcomes will demonstrate creative and engaging approaches to urban community energy and resilient microgrids—part of a comprehensive solution to climate change that makes our cities more beautiful as it also makes them more sustainable.
Victoria is setting an example for the world with a goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050. Melbourne, already one of the most sustainable cities in the world, is targeting net-zero by 2020.
How much of the clean energy infrastructure required to attain these goals will be implemented within urban areas, and what is the impact of these new installations on our constructed and natural environments? How can solar and wind energy (and other clean technology) be integrated into public spaces in ways that educate, inspire, and are responsive to the history, culture, and nature of place?
Melbourne has a rich tradition of ambitious and creative public projects aimed towards advancing sustainable development. The LAGI competition, which brings together multiple disciplines to take on complex problems, is a perfect fit for Melbourne, a vibrant city of arts and culture.
The design site, St Kilda Triangle and foreshore, is the ideal canvas for the 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition!
1st Prize $16,000 USD
2nd Prize $5,000 USD
One representative of the first and second place winning teams will be flown to Melbourne, Australia for the award ceremony and exhibition opening.
Award ceremony, exhibition, and book launch held at Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia in October 2018. Satellite exhibitions and workshops will be programmed throughout St Kilda, the City of Port Phillip, and the State of Victoria.
The LAGI 2018 publication, Energy Overlays, featuring the top 50 submissions will be released in October 2018 by Hirmer Publishers.
Here’s how much land area we’d need to power Bitcoin with solar
December 14, 2017
By Lacy Cooke
"Bitcoin isn’t exactly environmentally friendly right now. The Bitcoin network is largely powered by coal plants in China, according to Digiconomist. Bitcoin transactions in total emit as much carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases as some of the biggest coal-fired power plants in the world, according to LAGI. The Bitcoin network consumes more energy than many countries do. Digiconomist said Bitcoin could power 3,029,126 American households, and the country closest to Bitcoin when it comes to electricity consumption is Denmark." Read More >
Texas Public Radio
'World's First' Solar Panel Mural Revealed
November 13, 2018
By Jack Morgan
"A solar panel went up in downtown San Antonio on Friday, and it's one that's unlike any other."
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World’s first solar panel mural unveiled in San Antonio
November 17, 2017
By Nicole Jewell
"In a world where solar farms are shaped like giant pandas, there’s certainly room for some solar butterflies. Determined to beautify our cities by converting solar panels into creative works of public art, the Seattle-based Land Art Generator Initiative just unveiled the world’s first solar mural installation, called La Monarca, by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz with creative direction from artist Penelope Boyer."
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"Melbourne’s St Kilda Triangle, the beachside block home to the historic Palais Theatre, has been named as the design site for international sustainable energy infrastructure design competition organized by the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).
The competition will seek the best designs for large-scale, site-specific public art installations that are capable of generating clean energy on the site, which is currently undergoing development, to an ARM Architecture masterplan.
Architects, landscape architects, artists, designers, scientists, engineers and others will be invited to submit design proposals from 5 January 2018.
With the slogan 'renewable energy can be beautiful,' LAGI is an initiative that aims to 'accelerate the transition to post-carbon economies by providing models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire and educate.'
Run every two years, the competition has previously been held at sites in Dubai/Abu Dhabi, New York City, Copenhagen, and Santa Monica. Melbourne was named as 2018’s host city in July."
LAGI will be presenting at:
Argonne National Laboratory: Argonne, Illinois
November 7 – 9, 2017
LAGI Willimantic RFQ
invited competition for energy generating public artwork
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2017
RESPONSES DUE: November 10, 2017
Join us for a public presentation of the LAGI Willimantic RFQ and question and answer session
October 11, 2017 in Willimantic
J. Eugene Smith Library
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic, CT 06226
A recording of the session will be made available online.
Want to be a part of designing Toronto's clean energy future?
LAGI will be giving a full day workshop at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology. Join us on Saturday, September 30 2017 at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology.
See http://editdx.org/events/workshops for more information.
Chatham University is hosting a Land Art Generator Initiative exhibition this autumn at the Art Gallery in Woodland Hall on the Shadyside campus.
Please join us at the reception on October 13th.
You don't have to wait until the reception to see the show. The gallery will be open to visit during normal hours during the fall semester.
LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry will be speaking at:
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
Panel: Solar + Storage, Microgrid BeaUtilities
Room: Bryant Park
Thursday, October 12, 2017
TKP New York Conference Center, 109 West 39th Street, Manhattan
LAGI announces location for 2018 renewable energy design competition
July 19, 2017
By Lacy Cooke
Energy infrastructure of the past, like oil refineries and rigs, aren’t typically considered to be beautiful. But as the world transitions towards renewable energy, what if utilities could double as art installations? That’s the dream pursued by the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), which holds a design competition every two years to present visions for energy-generating artworks able to power hundreds of homes. 2016’s winners included ethereal sailboats that harvested wind for power and fog for water, and a whale-inspired design that generates wind, solar, and wave energy. LAGI just announced the location for their 2018 competition: Melbourne, Australia.
International design competition to reimagine renewable energy infrastructure in Melbourne
July 19, 2017
By Ricky Ray Ricardo
One of the world’s most followed sustainable design events, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), has announced that its next international design competition will be sited in Melbourne.
Run in partnership with the Victorian government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the competition will be open to artists, designers, architects, landscape architects, scientists, engineers and others to submit proposals for large-scale, site-specific public art installations that are capable of generating clean energy for a site in Melbourne.
The competition forms part of the Victorian government’s $146 million Renewable Energy Action Plan, which was launched by former United States Vice President Al Gore on 13 July 2017. The plan outlines twenty-three actions to advance Victoria’s renewable energy sector – the LAGI competition is included in Action Thirteen, “Supporting important artistic and cultural sustainability events.”
According to the LAGI, design proposals should transform public spaces into productive landscapes for green energy and “inspire the public to be a part of the [clean energy] solution and help Melbourne grow sustainably.”
Founded in Pittsburgh by artist Elizabeth Monoian and her architect husband Robert Ferry, the LAGI’s goal is to accelerate the transition to post-carbon economies by providing “models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire, and educate,” as well as providing equitable power to thousands of homes around the world.
The LAGI’s slogan is “renewable energy can be beautiful.”
The initiative has staged four competitions since 2010, with sites in the United Arab Emirates, Freshkills Park in New York, Copenhagen and Southern California.
The Melbourne design brief is currently being drafted with local partners to align with the strategic plans and cultural context of the site, the city, and the region.
The competition will be launched in January 2018 with submissions due in May 2018.
LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry will be joining a panel discussion at:
Greater & Greener 2017
PARKS CONNECTING CITIES, CULTURES, AND GENERATIONS
AN INTERNATIONAL URBAN PARKS CONFERENCE
July 29, 2017 — August 2, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS & SAINT PAUL
Celebrating the Beauty of Renewable Energy
June 23, 2017
"Under the slogan “Renewable energy can be beautiful,” the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) has showcased more than 800 innovative designs from countries ranging from India to the United States since its inception in 2010. While fostering creativity, the initiative also contributes to raise awareness on renewable energy as a way to meet the central goal of the Paris Agreement, which is to hold the global average temperature rise to as close as possible to 1.5°C."
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Africa Energy Forum
LAGI / Maasai Solar Exhibition and Lecture
June 7–9, 2017
Powering the Planet with Regenerative Art
The Land Art Generator Initiative would like to see a world in which the aesthetic influence of clean energy technologies has been intentionally designed to be a reflection of our culture. Working with cities and communities around the world LAGI is bringing forward site-specific solutions for renewable energy infrastructure that is designed as public art. In doing so, we are shifting from the “gloom and doom” narrative of climate change to inspiring examples of the beauty of our sustainable future, showing policy makers and city planners that net-positive energy installations can be placemaking tools, economic development drivers, and educational venues while they help to power the grid.
These are the questions asked by Tereneh Mosley, the founder of Idia'Dega, when she learned of the electrification needs of her Maasai collaborators in Olorgesailie, Kenya. She reached out to LAGI in 2015, and less than six months later a participatory design workshop in Kenya led to the founding of Maasai Solar.
Attendees to this presentation will learn about creative ways of integrating renewable energy infrastructure within specific cultural contexts. How can we get past the not-in-my-backyard response that so often comes with proposals for clean energy generation near culturally-sensitive and unique places? Can design create a win-win scenario for people and the planet? What are the natural sources of energy in your community, culture, country – how might that shape your renewable energy solutions?
Tereneh Mosley will talk about the work of LAGI and the Maasai Solar collaboration of LAGI + OMWA: Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya + Idia'Dega. Attendees will take part in an interactive sessions brainstorming and designing their own ideas for how to bring solar and wind power to the contexts of their communities so that our energy landscapes and accessories are an integral part of our cultural heritage.
May 6, 2017
Land Art Generator Workshop
in collaboration with Souther Tier Solar Works
Engineers for a Sustainable World conference
LAGI Lecture & Exhibition
Willimantic Land Art Generator Workshop
On March 3, 2017, the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts hosted the Land Art Generator Initiative for a workshop in Willimantic.
Participants in this afternoon “think tank” put their heads together around the design challenges of the WWP site.
During the workshop, community members investigated how renewable energy technologies can be incorporated into public art and creative placemaking opportunities so that the intervention on this exciting site will bring the greatest benefit to the city and its people.
Willimantic Whitewater Partnership (WWP) has recently remediated a prominent site in the heart of Willimantic, Connecticut and prepared it for development. Soon it will be home to a new whitewater park and other public amenities that WWP would like to power with on-site renewable energy.
LAGI is working with WWP in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts.
Together we will be launching an invited design competition to bring forward the best ideas for how to utilize the parcel to generate clean energy while contributing to the creativity and beauty of the development.
The WWP site offers the perfect opportunity to integrate renewable energy, with a richness of resources, including hydro, solar, and wind. The site, in such a prominent location in downtown Willimantic, is ideally situated to be a catalyst for economic and community development.
Interestingly, there is a history of energy around the property. Hydro power provided much of the energy used to run the Smithville cotton mills. Two generations of dam expansions provided increases in power output. There still remains the option to bring small scale run-of-the-river hydro power generation back to the site.
Land Art Generator Community Workshop
San Antonio, Texas
On April 6, 2017, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) hosted the Land Art Generator Initiative for a workshop in San Antonio in partnership with the Land Heritage Institute, LiftFund, and AIA San Antonio.
During the day long workshop, community members investigated how renewable energy technologies can be incorporated into public art and creative placemaking opportunities around San Antonio. The event was an open forum for the exchange of ideas within a variety of contexts to address multifaceted issues around the environment and social equity through a design lens, and without constraints on individual creativity.
Over the next decade as San Antonio continues to build on its rich cultural heritage through exciting developments around the city, it will be important to maintain a focus on how the outcomes of economic growth will bring benefits to everyone and not only to those who live in more affluent districts. It will also be important to consider the environment and incorporate sustainable infrastructures for energy, water, and food.
Perhaps there are opportunities to bring site specific design solutions to key sites around San Antonio that can proactively address these issues and serve as an example and catalyst for equitable development throughout the region.
This is the challenge that the participants in the workshop set out to solve with artful and creative proposals for speculative design interventions in public space.
The discussion brought out many ideas for potential applications in San Antonio, including vacant lots, the Mission Reach, and major development projects where a public art component could also add to sustainable development goals by generating clean energy on site.
Conversation pointed to how such projects could involve the school systems to invigorate science, technology, engineering, and math education by inspiring creativity and supporting STEM to STEAM initiatives. Sites could serve as destination field trips for learning about closed-loop systems, sustainable technologies, ecology, and biomimicry.
YNHS Community Art Workshop
Saturday, April 22
Washington Middle School
510 S. 9th Street, Yakima
The Land Art Generator Initiative will be facilitating a community art workshop in Yakima, Washington!
Come share your stories about the neighborhood, draw your vision for a mural, and be creative! Your ideas will be incorporated by local artists Cheryl LaFlamme and Richard Nicksic as they design a mural that incorporates beautifully colored solar technology to grace the exterior of the building formerly known as Roy’s Market. The building is being renovated into a beautifully landscaped and environmentally friendly apartment complex with a café and laundromat. All designs from the workshop will be displayed in a special exhibit inside the building soon after it opens.
Community members of all ages are invited to this unique event.
We supply the materials and you bring your ideas!
¡Venga a compartir sus historias sobre el barrio, dibuje su visión para un mural, y sea creativo! Sus ideas serán incorporadas por un artista local que diseñan un mural que incorpora tecnología solar de colores brillantes para adornar el exterior del edificio anteriormente conocido como Roy’s Market. El edificio está siendo renovado en un complejo de apartamentos muy bien cuidada y respetuosa con el medio ambiente con una cafetería y lavandería. Todos los diseños del taller se mostrarán en una exposición especial dentro del edificio poco después de su apertura.
For more information / Para más información
snacks provided / Estaran ofreciendo bocadillos
Landscape Architecture Magazine
The Art of Infrastructure
March 2, 2017
By Timothy A. Schuler
"For the past six years, Godfrey has had her students participate in the biennial competition held by the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). This year, two of her graduate landscape architecture students, Keegan Oneal, Student Affiliate ASLA, and Colin Poranski, took second place. LAGI was founded by Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian in 2008 to inspire new forms for alternative energy generation. Competition sites have included Copenhagen, Denmark; New York City; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This year, the competition site was 2,000 feet off the shore of Santa Monica, California. It was the first time LAGI had selected an offshore site, and it raised the bar for aesthetic considerations considerably. Despite the absence of any literal backyards, there is little more fraught territory than nearshore environments, especially in affluent areas like Santa Monica. The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans have long served as unique magnets for contemplation and artistic interpretation within American culture, and coastal areas are, statistically speaking, scarce: While the United States has 3.8 million square miles of land, it has just 95,471 miles of shoreline."
The future of energy has arrived in Pennsylvania and we ought to push it forward.
This is an op-ed article by the founding directors of LAGI. It was originally published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Sunday February 5, 2017. In this version, we have provided some helpful links for those who would like to dig deeper! - Elizabeth and Robert
The day before President Donald Trump was inaugurated, a team installed solar panels on our roof that will offset 100 percent of our home’s electricity. We live in one of the densest neighborhoods in Pittsburgh in a 20-foot wide row house on the North Side.
The timing of the installation worked out to be inauguration eve by chance, but it made us reflect on the fact that this is one of the easiest actions that we can take as Americans to help both country and ourselves — whether we are concerned about the climate and that the Trump administration might lock in a few additional degrees of global temperature rise, or whether we are interested in being grid-independent and saving money.
The winds of populism are rolling in on both sides of the political spectrum. This was made clear with the popularity of the Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns. Populism appeals to ordinary people, and we can’t think of an issue that is more popular than renewable energy.
A post-election survey conducted by the Conservative Energy Network found that more than 70 percent of voters, regardless of party, favor placing more emphasis on solar and wind power than on coal. Even base GOP voters favor wind and solar over coal.
In many markets, solar already has surpassed all other forms of energy generation and become the cheapest per kilowatt-hour. Unless government puts its finger on the scale, we can see the end of coal as an electrical power source.
For those who understand the science of climate change, this is good news. And for those who doubt the science, it is still good news because it means cheaper power, more resilient infrastructure, less air pollution, fewer lopped-off mountaintops, lower risk to our riversheds and natural habitats, and increased independence from a not-always reliable electricity grid.
So, call up a solar company today and put those panels on your roof! You might not need to spend a dime to do it. You likely can arrange a purchase agreement by which you lease your roof and buy back the energy — while saving money on your electric bill.
Call your state representatives and municipal officials, too. Tell them to support market-based approaches, such as the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE), to kick-start the clean-energy economy and create jobs. Tell them to support efforts to require that Renewable Energy Credits used in Pennsylvania are generated in Pennsylvania through the production of clean energy. And promote community projects in your own neighborhood to produce more renewable energy.
There are hundreds of thousands of rooftops and vacant lots in Pennsylvania that represent ripe opportunities for generating power. With the cost of installed solar panels at less than $4 per watt and falling, there is no reason to delay.
In the hands of artists and designers, the use of vacant lots for community solar can also become opportunities to create public art with new types of solar panels, which now come in almost any color. Let's catch up to states such as New York, where the Reforming the Energy Vision plan is reducing market barriers to clean-energy infrastructure and where a statewide Green Bank is increasing the availability of capital for energy projects.
Remind your representatives that, in Pennsylvania, jobs in the clean-energy sector outnumber those in coal, gas and petroleum combined by nearly 2 to 1, and that jobs in renewable energy will be tripling in the next decade worldwide.
Western Pennsylvania has a tradition of being at the leading edge of energy innovation, from Titusville to Westinghouse and the Marcellus Shale. Let’s recognize that the sun is setting on those old technologies. Let’s move to the front edge of the 21st century.
Photo by Katia McGuirk
On February 3rd and 4th, 2017, LAGI was in Philadelphia to give a talk at Temple and facilitate a design workshop with the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia.
Read more about the events on our blog: Imagining Solar Art at the Village of Arts and Humanities Philadelphia.
Issues in Science and Technology
Winter 2017 Edition: The Energy Transition
"Unlocking Clean Energy"
By Varun Sivaram
LAGI 2016 submissions for Santa Monica are featured on the cover and inside of the Winter 2017 edition of Issues in Science and Technology.
Land Art Generator Initiative
Editors: Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry
Designer: Paul Schifino, Schifino Design
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Prestel 2016
Visit the historic Santa Monica Pier at low tide and near the horizon you’ll see the eroded remnants of a nearly century-old breakwater seawall peeking up through the waves. Once a protective barrier for a long-lost marina, it’s now the site of the fourth Land Art Generator Initiative design competition.
The Land Art Generator Initiative implements the design and construction of new landmarks of civic art for the twenty-first century that give back to communities by providing clean and renewable infrastructure solutions, while educating and inspiring people about the beauty of our postcarbon future. LAGI Santa Monica invited creatives around the world to imagine regenerative artworks that harvest millions of liters of drinking water and enough electricity to power thousands of homes in Southern California.
Following insightful essays on ecological art, spatial justice, and the history of power and water in Southern California, sixty-six of the LAGI Santa Monica competition entries are profiled in this book through detailed spreads that include renderings, illustrations, and diagrams. The result is an astounding sampling of innovative and artistic solutions that employ the latest wave, tidal, wind, solar, and water-harvesting technologies, and that have resonance for coastal cities around the world.
Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian
LAGI Glasgow Exhibition
Innovation Centre, University of Exeter
January 16 – April 28, 2017
An exhibition of LAGI’s collaborations with ecoartscotland and other organisations will be shown at the Innovation Centre, University of Exeter from 16 January to 28 April.
Multi-disciplinary sustainable energy initiative wins CIWEM Arts, Water and the Environment Award
The 2016 award is presented to ecoartscotland and The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) collaboration in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the field of environmental arts, including the LAGI Glasgow Design Competition.
The judging panel were particularly impressed by the practical orientation and ambitious scope of the initiative, which directly engages with management of the environment. They praised the multi-disciplinary structure of the collaboration, bringing together science, art, design and engineering expertise to tackle the transition to renewable energy in response to climate change, one of our biggest global environmental challenges. The open sharing of ideas and experience which is facilitated by the project will undoubtedly lead to an ultimate impact beyond the scope of the project alone.
The Nick Reeves AWEinspiring Award is presented annually by CIWEM's Arts and the Environment Network in association with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW). The award celebrates projects or practitioners who have contributed innovatively to CIWEM's vision of "putting creativity at the heart of environmental policy and action".
The 2016 judging panel consisted of representatives from CIWEM's Arts and the Environment Network and CCANW. Special Commendations were also awarded to Tania Kovats for her exhibition ‘Evaporation’ and Chris Watson for his work as a musician, documentarist, communicator and sonic artist.
Dave Pritchard, Chair of CIWEM’s Arts and Environment Network, said: “The quality of nominations for this year’s Award was wonderful. LAGI and ecoartscotland’s work is a superb example of our belief that arts-based approaches offer massive potential for more intelligent ways of responding to environmental challenges”.
Clive Adams, Director of CCANW, said: “Such new forms of collaboration across disciplines are increasingly needed if we are to reach a more harmonious relationship with the rest of nature”.
Directors of The Land Art Generator Initiative, Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry said:
"LAGI Glasgow shows how every development can approach early stages of master planning by recognising the natural energy resources that exist within the site (most commonly in the form of sun, wind, and ground/water source heat) and translating them creatively into features that can offset or reduce the need for externalised energy sources, all the while celebrating these climate solutions by making them attractive and engaging places for people."
“We are delighted to share the Nick Reeves Award with The Land Art Generator Initiative for the LAGI Glasgow project. This is the art and environment award in the UK and highlights the important partnership we’ve formed aimed at stimulating more interdisciplinary and practical projects between artists, designers, architects and planners working with renewables both at the community and industry levels. Having the national recognition of CIWEM and CCANW is incredibly positive and will be appreciated by our partners – Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals and igloo Regeneration.”
Glasgow and the Art of Clean Energy
By Dalia Awad
"Once a hub for heavy industry, the site known as Dundas Hill in Port Dundas, less than two miles from Glasgow city centre, still retains hallmarks of a manufacturing neighborhood. While the canals and locks surrounding the area are rarely used today, the architecture of a bygone age remains prominent – warehouses, factories and defunct chimneys dot the landscape, severed from the rest of the city by M8 motorway. However, behind these fading facades, a new breed of eager Glaswegian makers are breathing life back into the area, building upon its heritage.
Inside the Whisky Bond – a co-working space established on the site of a former distillery – artists and makers can take advantage of 3D printers and CNC machines to create their craft, while digital agencies and graphic designers rent offices in the upper floors. Up the road, at the Glue Factory, independent artists and performers showcase their latest creations in another former industrial site. Currently empty spaces surrounding the north Canal and Speirs Wharf are in negotiation to be redeveloped as student housing and, on an unassuming brownfield site, where another former whisky distillery once lay, Glasgow is soon to be home to the Wind Forest – a public art project comprised of 100 stem-like structures which are in fact bladeless wind turbines.
The winning design of a year-long competition by Land Art Generator Initiative’s (LAGI) Glasgow chapter, in collaboration with EcoArtsScotland, the Wind Forest will be implemented as part of the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership – a private-public-partnership designed to revitalize the area within which Dundas Hill falls, and largely the catalyst behind the larger area’s recent resurgence as a creative hub.Founded in 2010, LAGI’s main aim is to inspire clean energy generation through aesthetically pleasing installations, proving that art and engineering professionals can not only coexist, but co-create innovatively.
“Art is a way to confront ecological problems,” says LAGI co-founder Robert Ferry, stating that he and his founding partner were inspired by American land art and how infrastructure can . “Science has always been grappling with a communication problem. Art in public spaces can solve that. It lets people run into ideas they weren’t planning to think about.”"
World Landscape Architect
LAGI 2016 design ideas competition announces winning teams
"Every two years, the Land Art Generator Initiative international design competition provides an opportunity for creative minds around the world to reflect on the nature of energy infrastructures and what they can aspire to be in their built form. How can they integrate themselves into our cities in ways that enhance public space, educate, and inspire?
LAGI 2016 invited artists, designers, scientists, engineers, and others from around the world to submit proposals for large-scale and site-specific public art installations that generate carbon-neutral electricity and/or drinking water for the City of Santa Monica, California.
The LAGI 2016 design ideas competition, Powering Places, brought forward hundreds of proposals for civic artworks at the breakwater adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier to generate carbon-free electricity and water for hundreds of homes.
The 2016 design site offered participating teams the opportunity to utilize wave and tidal energies as well as wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies."
Art That Delivers Clean Water & Power
An international competition challenges designers to show that clean energy production and dazzling public art can be one and the same
"Since 2010, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) has sponsored site-specific design competitions, soliciting ideas for public art that generates clean power. Its 2016 contest was the most ambitious yet. It called on designers to conceive of art installations that generate both clean power and water for the city of Santa Monica, California.
“Now, more than ever, energy and water are intertwined,” notes the organization. “As California faces severe water shortages in the coming years, the amount of energy required for water production and transmission is sure to increase.”
The contest’s coastal setting allowed designers to harness not only solar and wind power, but also wave and tidal energy. Its proximity to the Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling Facility provided the opportunity for integration with existing city infrastructure. Further, note the contest organizers, “we can challenge those who would disapprove of these important infrastructures on aesthetic grounds, especially at sites that are cherished for their cultural value and identity (like the Santa Monica Pier Breakwater).”
Here we present highlights from the competition. Learn more about the contest and the entries here and in Powering Places: Land Art Generator Initiative, Santa Monica."
A set of ghostly, futuristic sails could help save California from drought
October 6, 2016
By Dana Varinsky
"Sails are one of the earliest ways humans seized the power of wind — people were using them to move boats across the sea even before the Middle Ages.
A new design aims to apply that ancient technology to modern environmental challenges.
Regatta H2O: Familiar Form, Chameleon Infrastructure is the winner of a site-specific environmental competition called the Land Art Generator Initiative. The design proposes to repurpose the iconic maritime shape to harvest clean water in addition to wind.
Regatta H2O — which was named the first place winner on October 6 — features a set of 44 sails made of a high-tech fog-harvesting mesh material. The sails would stand alone in the ocean (no boats necessary), where air is moist and fog is common. Veins in the sails' surfaces would serve as moisture collection troughs, funneling the collected water to a central mast, which would in turn pump the liquid to a set of storage vessels on the shore."
These Stunning Designs Have An Earth-Friendly Secret
October 6, 2016
by Yumi Abe
"California has a serious water problem. In 2016, the state marked the fifth consecutive year of severe drought. Though the headlines have faded, the issue has not, and one group is putting it on full artistic display.
Land Art Generator Initiative, an organization dedicated to spark conversation, inspire, and educate the public through design, held its biennial ideas competition in Santa Monica, California, on October 6. The designs, submitted by artists from all over the word, must consist of a three-dimensional sculptural form that stimulates the viewer, generates clean energy and/or drinking water, and demonstrates a pragmatic approach. Designs— not to exceed 80 meters in height—must adhere to the constraints of the location plan and site boundary, must be safe for audiences to view, and must not create greenhouse emissions or pollution."
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Yale Environment 360
Public Art or Renewable Energy? New Designs Aim to Produce Both
By Diane Toomey
October 5, 2016
As cities look to incorporate sustainable technologies into their infrastructure, a design competition is challenging artists and architects to create artwork that can both generate renewable energy and enlighten the public on environmental issues.
by Lacy Cooke
October 5, 2016
The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) has announced the winners for the 2016 Santa Monica competition. Drawing on technologies from fog harvesting to wave energy and transparent solar cells, the proposed installations would generate either renewable energy or drinking water for drought-stricken California. These "civic artworks" would be located "at the breakwater adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier" and are designed to inspire and educate the public on clean energy, the environment, and water issues.
If you're in Southern California, tune in to 89.3 FM at 10 a.m. on October 6 to hear LAGI Directors, Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, talk about the LAGI 2016 winners on Take Two with co-host Alex Cohen.
By Emily Matchar
October 5, 2016
Regatta H2O, as the sculpture is called, is the winner of a contest sponsored by The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), an organization whose goal is to “accelerate the transition to post-carbon economies by providing models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire, and educate.” Since 2010, they’ve been hosting a biannual contest for artists to create public art that’s beautiful and generates green energy. Previous years have seen the contest in places like Dubai and Copenhagen; this year’s was held in Santa Monica, California, a part of the world deeply affected by climate change-driven drought.
Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, LAGI’s founders, say Regatta H2O, from Tokyo-based designers Christopher Sjoberg and Ryo Saito, stood out above the pack for using the “specific contextual features” of its Santa Monica Bay site in its design.
“By addressing the challenge of water infrastructure and recognizing that water and energy are inextricably intertwined, especially in California, the proposal has the potential to serve as a beautiful and consistent reminder of water's importance to Santa Monica residents and visitors,” they say, in a statement written to Smithsonian. “The artwork is also ephemeral. It almost seems to disappear when the conditions are not right for fog harvesting. As a consequence, the artwork does not compete with the natural beauty of the bay and could be a welcome addition to such an historic and cherished landscape.”
Aeroponic Farm & Desalination Plant Combo
September 10, 2016
"Romanian architect Alexandru Predenu aims to supply fresh water and locally grown food to Santa Monica with an exciting new aeroponic farm and seawater desalination plant combination. Yes, there’s an abundance of fresh food available in California, the warm climate is perfect for year around crops. However, most of it is grown using water-hungry conventional farming methods. Obviously, in a drought-stricken state with a naturally dry climate, major changes are needed. Especially when agriculture is responsible for 80% of the water usage. The Ring Garden offers some interesting solutions.
A finalist of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative competition, Predenu’s design marries sustainable food production with a renewable source of drinking water for the City of Santa Monica. But it’s bigger than that. The aeroponic farm produces food for humans, farm animals, and it’s own energy… simultaneously. All of the structure’s functions run on solar power through photovoltaic panel collection, and energy created in algae bioreactors. It also harvests CO2."
Curbed Los Angeles
Fanciful power plants envisioned off the Santa Monica PierCompetition turns energy sources into public art
By Jeff Wattenhofer
Sept. 23, 2016
"If we told you a power plant was being built off the coast of Santa Monica, mere yards from the Santa Monica Pier, you'd think Santa Monica leaders had lost their minds. But what if that power plant was also designed as a public art piece?
That’s the goal of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative, says the Santa Monica Lookout. The competition not only puts a focus on creating new forms of sustainable energy, it also challenges designers to add some artistry to the normally drab and foreboding appearance of power plants."
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