More photos of the LAGI exhibition at WFES 2011 can be found here.

LAGI 2010

Dubai & Abu Dhabi

LAGI 2010
site typology: urban gateways


LAGI 2010 was the first LAGI biennial competition in which we asked interdisciplinary teams to consider large-scale works of art that have the added benefit of generating clean energy at a utility-scale. It was held for three sites in the UAE and the award ceremony and exhibition was sponsored by Masdar and held at the 2011 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Masdar is Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today's fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future—developing the "greenprint" for how we will live and work tomorrow. Backed by the stability and reputation of the Mubadala Development Company, an investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the emirate's long-term vision for the future of energy.

Design Sites

For the 2010 competition teams were able to choose from the following three sites in the United Arab Emirates.



Located at the end of Dubai Creek at the edge of the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, the existing site is a mixture of white sand and loose soil with a number of native desert plants. No part of the site boundary includes any of the wetlands area and the site is approximately the location of a future visitor center for the park.


To the east of the site is a large development, The Lagoons, which is under construction. The site runs parallel to the highly trafficked RT. 44 highway from which a row of trees forms a light buffer. The site offers beautiful views into the Wildlife Sanctuary and to the long skyline of Dubai’s financial district beyond.




Located on a stretch of waterfront off the road that connects Yas Island to Saadiyat Island, the site is mostly devoid of vegetation and consists of white sandy soil.


The area of water directly off the shore of the site has been included in the plot limits to allow the design teams an opportunity to interact with the water through the design although this is certainly not a requirement. If the design does extend into the water, care should be taken to respect the natural existing condition of the shoreline and aquatic ecosystems.




This site is directly across the street from the southeast border of the Masdar City site. While the site is defined on all sides by roads, there is a very effective landscaping buffer along the perimeter of the site. When standing on the site the surrounding roads, which are not highly trafficked, are not very noticeable. The vegetation on the site is native desert low-lying shrubs and a few crops of medium size trees the locations of which are visible in the satellite images.


Masdar City is an ambitious master plan project for Abu Dhabi which is in its very early stages of construction. Upon its completion, 40,000 people will live and work in the city that will run on 100% clean renewable energy and produce zero carbon emissions.

LAGI 2010 Jurors

Khalil Abdulwahid

Dubai, UAE


Omran Ali AlOwais

Architect, Musanada, Abu Dhabi


Reuben S. Andrews, M.A., M.Phil., PGDPR

Information & Media, Consumption Sustainability

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai


Jonah Brucker-Cohen

Researcher, artist and fellow in the Disruptive Design Team of the NTRG; Adjunct Assistant Professor of communications at NYU's ITP


Beth Carruthers

Independent Curator

Consultant, Arts and Sustainability, Vancouver


Jenna Didier & Oliver Hess

Directors, Materials & Applications (, architecture and landscape research; principals, Didier Hess (, public art studio.


Karim Elgendy

Architect and Sustainable Design Researcher

Editor of


Jeanette Ingberman

Co-Founder/Director, Exit Art, NYC


Andrea Polli

Digital Media Artist

Director of the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media (IFDM) Program at the University of New Mexico


Christopher Prelitz

Net Zero and Off-Grid Development Consultants

Prelitz + Partners, New Mexico and Laguna Beach, USA


Lukáš Sokol

Architect and Urban Planner at the Urban Planning Council (UPC) of Abu Dhabi


Michiel van Raaij

Editor Eikongraphia, editor-in-chief of
and AWM


Georgeta Vidican, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi


Masdar (Abu Dhabi)


Design Brief

Follow this link to find the LAGI 2010 Design Brief Document


Launch Brochure

Follow this link to find the LAGI 2010 Launch Brochure



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Above is a small sampling of LAGI 2010 submissions including the shortlist as chosen by the selection committee.