Land Art Generator Initiative 2019 - Masdar City

Land Art Generator Initiative 2019 - Masdar City

Design a spectacular renewable energy landscape for Masdar City.

$40,000 First Place Prize

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.

Learn more here.

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.

The goal of LAGI 2019 is to bring forward a portfolio of feasible concept designs that push the boundaries of what is possible using today’s renewable energy technologies. To ensure that the proposals are constructible, we ask you to provide cost per watt of installed capacity.

When we think of renewable energy infrastructure we often have in mind dark blue photovoltaic rectangles carpeting the landscape or large three-blade horizontal axis wind turbines marching along mountain ridges or into the sea. We think about grid reliability and consumer cost per kilowatt-hour, or we think about the climate change apocalypse that we will impose on future generations if we fail to act swiftly enough.

All of these elements are important from technical and policy perspectives, but there is something missing that will be key to success if we are to meet the goals for decarbonization that we have set for ourselves.

We must recognize the importance of human culture to the realization of change.

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.


The 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

This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Land Art Generator Initiative 2019 - Masdar City" 22 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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