Burning Man & Fly Ranch

Each August, the annual Burning Man event transforms a desolate corner of northern Nevada into a thriving temporary metropolis fueled by creativity, experimentation, and awe. In 2016, the organization behind this city acquired Fly Ranch, a 3,800 acre property just north of the event site. This property is home to dozens of hot and cold springs, three geysers, acres of wetlands, dozens of animal species, and more than 100 identified types of plants. The Fly Ranch project is an opportunity to create a year-round rural incubator for Burning Man culture and a catalyst for innovation and creativity in the world.

To host residencies, gatherings, and projects at Fly Ranch, the site will need infrastructure. We could bring generators, bottled water, packaged food, tents, and dispose of our waste off-site, but why would we do that when we have the opportunity to mobilize the desert-tested ingenuity of the Burning Man community and the inspiration of a greater creative culture to build scalable and sustainable solutions in one of the harshest climates in the world.

Land Art Generator Initiative

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) brings forward new energy infrastructures that are works of art—expressions of culture that strive to reinforce the beauty and ecology of their surroundings.

The great global energy transition that is required to stem the tide of climate change will have an impact on our built environment and our visual landscapes like no other technical shift since the automobile. What will these new infrastructures look like?

Creatives around the world have responded to the LAGI open design competitions for Dubai/Abu Dhabi (2010), New York City (2012), Copenhagen (2014), Santa Monica (2016), Melbourne (2018), Abu Dhabi (2019) which together have brought forward nearly 1,000 designs from 60+ countries.

LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch will expand on this portfolio of blueprints for the future by challenging creative interdisciplinary teams to propose artworks in the ambitious spirit of Burning Man that will provide the food, water, shelter, power, and closed-loop systems for life on Fly Ranch.

The LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch Design Brief will ask creatives to design the following systems as works of functional and regenerative art.

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

Creatives will be invited to propose their regenerative artwork in this unique and stunning landscape—including dynamic and protected human habitation; places for learning and scientific discovery; venues of self-expression, immersive events, and artworks in nature; permacultural systems for food and organic products; regenerative infrastructures for water harvesting and recycling; and sustainable energy generation from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and other means.

In 2021, selected design teams will be provided an honoraria grant and be invited to build a prototype on site.

Image Credit: Light Sanctuary by Martina Decker and Peter Yeadon
utilizes organic thin film photovoltaic with an annual capacity of 4,500 MWh. A submission to the 2010 United Arab Emirates Land Art Generator Initiative competition (LAGI 2010).

2018 Fly Ranch Energy Fellowship
EDF Climate Corps

In partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund and Black Rock Labs, Jane Chu was Burning Man Project’s 2018 Fly Ranch Energy Fellow. She was also an EDF Climate Corps Fellow. Over the summer, she helped the Fly Ranch team begin to understand the solar, wind, and geothermal renewable energy potential of the property.

The fellowship is a part of Fly Ranch’s wider investigations and research into sustainable property management strategies. We hope this video produced by EDF will inspire you to begin thinking about what kinds of artful infrastructure you might like to propose for LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch.

LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch Process & Timeline

2019
LAGI 2020 announcement and development of design guidelines

January 2020
Release Design Guidelines. Begin open design period for LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch

May 2020
LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch submission deadline

Summer or Fall 2020
Exhibitions and Next Stage Announcements

2021
Building of projects at Fly Ranch

Burning Man Project and LAGI will identify a strong and representative jury who will choose the designs to be explored further. The jury will includes stakeholders from Fly Ranch and Burning Man leadership, user groups, regional leaders, and global experts in the relevant disciplines (e.g. architecture, design, art, engineering, landscape architecture, renewable energy, agriculture, ecology).

Do you want more information?

Stay posted on how you can participate in LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch. Up through the official launch in January of 2020 we’ll be researching, analyzing the site and region, meeting with stakeholders, and compiling supporting documents to give you the tools you need in order to help design the future of Fly Ranch. Check back to this site frequently as we will be updating it periodically with new information. Please contact us directly at lagi@landartgenerator.org with any questions.