LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch

LAGI 2020


We create unique educational programming for all LAGI design competitions. In the past this has included our 2012 Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies, 2014 Art+Energy Flash Cards, 2016 Youth Design Challenge, 2018 POWER Art+ Energy Card Game, the 2019 "Solve the Climate Puzzle"—puzzle and card game, and much more!

LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch will reach a local, regional, and international audience through unique educational materials, workshops for people of all ages, exhibitions, and more.

Programming will leverage existing LAGI materials from previous years’ competitions for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) education and project-based learning, and also incorporate new materials based on the themes of LAGI 2020. Within the framework of these events, participants will enjoy imagining their own ideas for regenerative artwork designed within the context of local landscapes and ecosystems.

LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch will engage with Gerlach School during the month of April 2020 for “STEAM month.” LAGI directors, Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry will stay in Gerlach for the month in order to provide hands on STEAM project based learning with a built Solar Mural outcome. We will coordinate guest lecturers in the fields of science, engineering, energy, art, and more. Building on materials that we’ve developed over the last decade we will design a curriculum that is unique to Gerlach and the surrounding area.

The work will culminate into a design for a Land Art Generator Solar Mural, which will be installed in September of 2020 immediately following the closing of Burning Man.

Students will document their process through photography and writing and will work with us to design and print a small booklet of outcomes.

The curriculum for STEAM month at Gerlach School will be developed with a mind towards developing Green Box curriculum collaboratively with the Desert Research Institute. The idea is that this content will live on as a legacy project that will be used state-wide in the Nevada educational system for years to come.

LAGI books have been published with Prestel, Hirmer, and Page One Publishing. LAGI 2010 Dubai/Abu Dhabi: The Time is Now, LAGI 2012 Freshkills Park: Regenerative Infrastructures, LAGI 2014 Copenhagen: New Energies, LAGI 2016 Santa Monica: Powering Places, LAGI 2018 Melbourne: Energy Overlays, and LAGI 2019 Abu Dhabi: Return to the Source (cover shown below), have had broad international distribution and are often used in university studios around the world.

The top 50 submissions from LAGI 2020 will be featured in a publication by Prestel (a division of Random House). Design by Schifino Design. Edited by Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, LAGI Founding Directors.

field guide to renewable energy technologY

second edition (2019)

This Second Edition Field Guide will be launched in November of 2019!

There is a lot more out there than what we see in the everyday. In fact, you will see in this guide that there are dozens of proven methods of harnessing the power of nature in sustainable ways. Some interesting examples that may be applicable as a medium for public art installations are the organic thin films which are flexible and offer interesting hues and textures, piezoelectric generators that capture vibration energy, and concentrated photovoltaics, which allow for interesting play with light, and custom solar laminations that can even be printed on. But the possibilities are endless, and new designs that can be artistically integrated into residential and commercial projects are coming into the market all the time.

It is our hope that this field guide will get you thinking creatively about ways to use technologies in innovative contexts—and that a clear understanding of the wealth of possibilities that are out there will help designers to conceive of the most creative net zero energy constructions.

La Monarca, Land Art Generator Solar Mural Artwork by Cruz Ortiz. Art Directed by Penelope Boyer. In partnership with EPIcenter. San Antonio, Texas, 2017. Shown here installed at the San Antonio Zoo.