Image Credit: The Source by Mateusz Góra and Agata Gryszkiewicz (Tamaga Studio) uses solar photovoltaic, battery energy storage, water cistern, rammed earth thermal mass, fruit trees, fruit walls, and compost to contribute 250 kg/year of food, 2.2 MWh/year of electricity, 9,000 liters/year of water, habitat enhancement, environmental education venue, and soil replenishment. A top ten proposal to the LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch Design Challenge.

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Solar, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal, Storage

With 250+ sunny days a year, regular winds that can exceed 40mph and dozens of hot springs, Fly Ranch has vast potential for developing creative solutions for renewable power from solar, geothermal, wind, and more.

The Land Art Generator Initiative and Burning Man Project partnered to hold a multi-disciplinary design challenge—LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch—that will create the foundational infrastructure of Fly Ranch.

In 2021 selected design teams will be provided an honoraria grant for the purpose of building a functional prototype on site.


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Hot Springs, Filtration, Evaporation, Ice

With dozens of hot and cold springs, hundreds of pools, and half a dozen artesian wells, water is the lifeblood of Fly Ranch. We invite creative solutions for spring water filtration, sustainably generated ice and the purification and reuse of greywater. To prevent erosion, scalable designs for use of the hot springs are needed.


Housing, Event Spaces, Sustainable Architecture

This expansive and harsh desert climate provides opportunities to combine modern architectural and technological innovation with traditional off-grid building techniques like natural materials and passive heating/cooling for housing, camping, and gathering spaces to fit a wide range of needs from small overnight shelters to large-scale next generation fabrication centers for artists and makers.


Permaculture, Aquaponics, Gardens, Grazing

Fly Ranch has several hundred acres of previous ranch land that can be reinvigorated to create sustainable agriculture systems for on-site events, local communities, and beyond. The site can become a laboratory for pioneering methods of desert permaculture systems and large-scale indoor desert hydroponics and aquaponics.


Composting, Recycling, Biogas, Incineration

As part of the transition from temporary events to a year-round site, we have new opportunities to explore sustainable methods for composting and recycling. We can also explore new methods for rewilding pastureland, restoring landfills, and generating energy through safe incineration.