St Kilda Triangle – The LAGI Competition

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is an international sustainable design competition that brings sustainability, public art and land form together to draw international attention to renewable energy.

Designs for site-specific public art installations that have the added benefit of renewable energy generation will be submitted to the competition that typically attract thousands of participants from around the world including artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and designers, both students and professionals.

It will be hosted in Melbourne in 2018. The City of Port Phillip and the Victorian Government (DELWP is the sponsor) have decided on the St Kilda Triangle as the site for LAGI 2018 MELBOURNE.

Previous cities were

  • 2010 Dubai and Abu Dhabi (Urban gateways)
  • 2012 Freshkills Park New York (Landfills)
  • 2014 Copenhagen (Brownfields)
  • 2016 Santa Monica (Coastal Site)

2016’s top three winners included teams from Japan, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. The last four competitions – Dubai/Abu Dhabi in 2010, New York City in 2012, Copenhagen in 2014, and Santa Monica in 2016 – garnered over 800 submissions from more than 60 countries.

You can see some of the previous competitions and the scale of the work here: landartgenerator.org.  None of these designs have been built – they are concepts. But I understand that LAGI and DELWP hope that the winner could actually be built at the Triangle.

The contest will include a jury selection and a public vote. I think the next step is to draft the terms of reference for the competitors. I am unsure how this will relate to the Masterplan for the Triangle that Council has adopted.

The competition will launch in around six months, in January 2018, with submissions due in May. Public exhibitions will introduce some of the ideas to the people of Melbourne and nearby cities. According to LAGI, “2018 will be a year to celebrate the beauty of our sustainable future!”

With each past LAGI design competition there has also been a subtheme around the specic typology of the design site. In 2010 the sites were urban gateways within the sprawling metropolises of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In 2012 the Freshkills Park site in New York City offered other cities with former urban land lls a way of reclaiming these unique landscapes for energy production. In 2014 Copenhagen’s historic Refshaleøen shipyard presented a brown eld site typology adjacent to a protected harbor. And in 2016 the breakwater adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier challenged teams to think about a coastal condition with wave and tidal energy potential, and about the intractable relationship between energy and drinking water in a region with long-term drought conditions.

In 2018 we are excited to share with you a new kind of typology for the LAGI 2018 Melbourne design competition: Energy Overlays—the superimposition of energy and art onto an emerging master plan for urban regeneration.

The timeline for LAGI is:

  • January 5 Competition opens.
  • May 6 Competition closes
  • June Selection & jury process
  • July Winners & shortlist contacted
  • October Award ceremony and exhibition, at Fed Square