LAGI 2020
design site

Primary Site Boundary
(185 acres)

The area in yellow is where most of your design focus should be directed.

While taking aims to preserve the beauty of the existing landscape, you are permitted to propose any intervention, sculpture, building, foundation, infrastructure, or conveyance within this area.

The Primary Site Boundary is one contiguous area, intended to provide opportunities for connections and circulation between the upper, middle, and lower sections of the site.

Any use permitted by Washoe County may be proposed here.

There are three distinct area types that define the LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch site boundary, each with its own restrictions under this design brief. Click here to explore the Google Map KML.

Conservation Area
(2,935 acres)

70% of the total land area is conserved in these gray zones.

No construction is to take place in these areas including any structures, pads, paths, landscaping, non-native plants, lighting, signage, or artwork.

The only interventions allowed in these areas are pure conservation activities related to supporting the habitat of local flora and fauna.

Low-Impact Site Boundary
(1,240 acres: 880 acres at Fly Ranch +
360 acres near Gerlach)

You may propose interventions that have a light footprint in these green zones, provided they do not require deep foundations or excavation.

Permitted uses include renewable energy generation and transmission, agriculture, recreation, and water harvesting.

The property owned by Burning Man Project encompasses three major parcel groups. Together it equals 4,360 acres (almost 7 square miles).

Fly Ranch (3,800 acres)

Black Rock Station (200 acres)

Lower Parcel Near Gerlach
(360 acres)

Much of Fly Ranch has been disturbed by various land uses ranging from geothermal exploration (resulting in the formation known as Fly Geyser), to a landing strip for small planes, to alfalfa farming and cattle grazing.

The LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch design site boundary limits new interventions to these previously disturbed areas and sets aside a vast majority of the site for conservation.


Lower Parcel

Black Rock City

Fly Ranch

Site Tours Canceled Until Further Notice
Land Art Generator, Burning Man Project, and the Fly Ranch team have been monitoring developments related to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Out of caution and care for our community, all LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch site tours have been canceled until further notice. Please stay safe, take all precautions, and look out for each other. We look forward to seeing your design proposal to LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch – it’s more important than ever that we work to transition our world to more resilient and sustainable systems. While we aren't able to gather in person on site for the next few weeks, the LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch design challenge is otherwise unaffected. We look forward to being inspired by the ideas you are working on through October 31, 2020.