The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for submissions. The international design competition seeks to promote sustainable design by incorporating public art works into renewable energy-generating infrastructure in cities eager to implement “utility-scale clean energy generation”.
The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition invites international interdisciplinary teams to submit infrastructural art proposals that meet the multi-faceted energy needs of a sustainable city. This year’s competition, partnering with Refshaleøen Holding and the IT University of Copenhagen, challenges sustainability designers, artists, engineers, architects, landscape artists, students and urban planners to design a new sustainable art piece for Copenhagen’s Refshaleøen area, a historic shipyard lot slated for new development.
Copenhagen was the logical choice for the competition this year. Named the European Green Capital of 2014, Denmark’s capital city has pledged to move towards carbon neutral status by 2025. This ambitious plan works hand in hand with the LAGI competition as the objective of both initiatives involves city planning strategies that work towards obtaining zero-carbon emissions in a manner that is also aesthetically pleasing.
The Danish Minister of Climate, Energy, and Building, Martin Lidegaard, describes the benefits of the popular LAGI competition for Copenhagen, “Land Art Generator Initiative provides new and exciting proposals for approaching the green transition. We saw in the previous exhibitions in Dubai in 2010 and New York City in 2012, where creative forces of art, architecture, and engineering together brought forth innovative ideas, concepts, and solutions that can produce green energy while being integrated to beautify the local environment.”
The initial LAGI contest in 2010 was won by Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Ballhaus and Adrian P. De Luca for their Lunar Cubit pyramids in Abu Dhabi. The 2012 winner was the Scene-Sensor team who designed an innovative piezoelectric energy-generating art installation for New York’s Freshkills Park.