Founded in 2008, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) was inspired by merging the beautiful art and history of the Arabian landscape, the growing ambitions of UAE, and initiatives in addressing climate change. After launching their first competition in 2010 LAGI has worked with amazing artists, designers, and architects to bring forward inspiring works that merge art and renewable energy technology. This year LAGI 2019—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.
LAGI 2019 presents a new kind of challenge from the Land Art Generator initiative. This year’s special edition is sponsored by Masdar and is in partnership with the 24th World Energy Congress, the largest and most influential global energy event—a forum for innovation and dialogue on energy issues for 95 years. The 24th World Energy Congress will be the venue for the awards ceremony and the exhibition of 25 shortlisted projects designed for Masdar City. The 2020 World Future Energy Summit will host a second exhibition and book launch.
LAGI 2019 is free and open to anyone around the world. We encourage interdisciplinary teams (although we also welcome solo work) and invite participation from artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, scientists, and anyone who has an idea for how our new energy systems can be culturally celebrated and joyful contributions to our public spaces.
1st Prize $40,000 USD
2nd Prize $10,000 USD
*One representative of the first and second place winning teams will be flown to Abu Dhabi, UAE for the award ceremony and exhibition opening.
Award ceremony and primary exhibition will be held at the 24th World Energy Congress in September 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. A second exhibition will accompany the book launch at the 2020 World Future Energy Summit.
The LAGI 2018 publication (Prestel Publishers) featuring the top 50 submissions will be released in January 2020 at the World Future Energy Summit.
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, Masdar
Lukas Sokol: Head, City Design, Sustainable Planning, Masdar
Chris Wan: Head, Design Management, Masdar
Emily Doherty: Director, The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award
Tim Mollette-Parks: Landscape Architect and 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
Learn more and apply at: landartgenerator.org/competition2019.html.
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