• Consist of a three dimensional sculptural form that has the ability to excite the minds of Fly Ranch visitors. Your artwork should inspire wonder and awe in those who encounter and interact with it. It should aim to inspire people about the beauty of a world within which humanity achieves harmony with the natural world and environmental systems;
  • Provide a functional and replicable solution to one or more of the following five systems. Please note, you do not need to tackle all five systems with your design.


Capture energy from nature, convert it into electricity, and store and/or transform and transmit the electrical power to the site.



Sustainably harvest surface, ground, stormwater, and/or atmospheric water and provide systems for the conservation, filtration, recycling, treatment, and/or distribution of water for a variety of uses, including but not limited to irrigation, drinking, cooling, heating, and providing ice and steam.



Through organic and regenerative practices, provide on-site solutions for the sustainable cultivation of nutritious foods without degradation to soil nutrients, release of greenhouse gases, or pollution of the soil or groundwater.



High performance dwelling and event space that exceeds the highest standards of environmental design and provides the greatest flexibility and adaptability of uses.


Regeneration / Re-composition 

Identify paths for common waste streams to become feedstocks for new productive uses, including but not limited to composting, energy, light manufacturing processes, and biofuels, with the goal of reducing on-site waste to zero.

  • Be thoughtfully integrated into the context of Fly Ranch, the visual landscape, its microclimates and natural habitats, and the community and culture of Northern Nevada. Achieve “authenticity of place” through an awareness of the deep history of the region and the ways in which humans have lived on the land for centuries;
  • Not generate greenhouse gas emissions or generate other forms of environmental pollution during its operational life. Provide a brief (approx. 500 words) environmental assessment describing the effects of your proposal on natural ecosystems and outlining a strategy to mitigate any foreseeable issues;
  • Be pragmatic and constructible, and employ technology that can be scalable and tested. There is no limit on the type of technology or the proprietary nature of the technology that is specified. It is recommended that the design team make an effort to engage the owners of proprietary technology in preliminary dialogue as a part of their own research and development of the design entry;
  • Stay within the design site boundary areas as identified on the site boundary plan;
  • Be safe for people who use it, interact with it, and view it;
  • Use English language for all text and metric scale for design drawings and diagrams.



a qualified entry must



Submissions will be accepted until October 31, 2020 at 23:59 (11:59pm) anywhere on Earth (AOE). This means that the deadline has not passed if, anywhere on Earth, the deadline date and time has not yet passed. Submissions received after the deadline will be deemed non-compliant.

Process &

In 2021, approximately 10 selected teams will be provided with a stipend to assist in prototyping their idea on-site at Fly Ranch. Prototypes may consist of one critical full-scale component of the design, a scaled version of the design, or some combination thereof. While Burning Man has a pool of volunteers that may be available to assist with on-site prototype installation, teams should be prepared to deliver their prototype without the assistance of volunteers.

All of the outcomes and ideas from LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch — including those that do not get prototyped or implemented — will serve as a guide for the Burning Man community as decision making and consensus building continues into the future.

$150,000 in award stipends (honoraria) will be provided to approximately 10 selected projects for the purpose of building a functional prototype on site. The amount of each honorarium will be established on a project-by-project basis. For more information, please see the Terms & Conditions.





Adherence to the Design Brief;

The integration of the work into the surrounding environment and landscape;

The sensitivity of the work to the environment, and to local, and regional ecosystems;

The utility of the support system(s) for Fly Ranch provided by the work (energy, water, shelter, food, and/or zero-waste). Please note, you do not need to tackle all five systems with your design;

The way in which the work addresses visitors to Fly Ranch;

The embodied energy required to construct the work;

And the originality and social relevance of the concept.

a qualified entry
might also

(Optional considerations)

  • Provide interpretation to engage people with an understanding of how your artwork functions to provide the sustainable service(s) referenced above;
  • Consider the full lifecycle of your design and its long-term impact. What will happen with your installation at some point in the distant future if it is decommissioned? Ideally the full lifecycle environmental footprint of your artwork from fabrication to decommissioning is zero or net-positive;
  • Consider ideas of portability and replicability as they relate to sustainable uses of Fly Ranch but also extending to support the sustainability of Black Rock City and/or other external places and events (refer to the work of Burners without Borders);
  • Your artwork may be designed to be permanently rooted in place or mobile. There are very good reasons to arrive at either solution or a combination of solutions;
  • Consider economic benefit to Gerlach and Northern Washoe County;
  • Consider how Gerlach residents can be involved;
  • Aspire to a seamless and easily navigable user experience so that the system is well maintained and utilized over its lifecycle.