LAGI 2018


LAGI 2018
site typology: energy overlays


Through the vision and sponsorship of the State of Victoria the LAGI 2018 competition was held for Melbourne.

LAGI 2018 was free and open to anyone around the world, and invited artists, architects, designers, landscape architects, scientists, engineers, and others to submit proposals for large-scale and site-specific public art installations that generate clean energy for a site in Melbourne.

Through the leadership of the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP), Victoria is setting an example for the world with a goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050. Melbourne, already one of the most sustainable cities in the world, is targeting net-zero by 2020.

The Victoria State Renewable Energy Action Plan outlines the steps that the government is taking to ensure a smooth and equitable transition to a thriving post-carbon economy. LAGI is delighted to be one small part of that vision within the context of Action 13, "Supporting important artistic and cultural sustainability events."


LAGI 2018 was sponsored and hosted by:












LAGI 2018 Partners

City of Port Phillip

Carbon Arts

Carbon Arts generates and evaluates creative models for engaging society in imagining and shaping a more sustainable future.

Fed Square

Fed Square is very proud to be a carbon neutral precinct. The organisation works hard to be a leader in environmentally sustainable practices through a number of innovative, long term initiatives


CLIMARTE harnesses the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.


Regional Centre for Culture

Regional Centre for Culture is a year-long celebration of arts, culture and community focused on a particular geographic region of Victoria.


Art books which set standards — that is the vision of Hirmer Verlag. Hirmer Verlag is one of the most prestigious publishers of art books.



LAGI 2018 Events

October 3–5
LAGI Art+Energy Youth Camp
Workbook >
Outcomes >
Blog Post >
Port Phillip EcoCentre

October 7–9
LAGI Professional Workshop.
Guidelines >
Outcomes >
Website >
Castlemaine, Victoria

October 11–17
Exhibition, Awards Ceremony
Fed Square, Melbourne

October 23
LAGI Teacher Workshop
Port Phillip EcoCentre

October 24
LAGI Lecture
Grimshaw Melbourne, Breakfast Talk Series

October 19–28
Art is Power, Exhibition, Workshops, and Activations
St Kilda, Acland Street Plaza


The Mayor of City of Port Phillip, talks about how the LAGI 2018 design competition is developing a new relationship between the community and the energy that it thrives on. By designing new energy infrastructure as public art, it will leave a lasting legacy, "locally loved and globally admired."

Martin Foley, Victoria Minister for Creative Industries, talks about the opportunity that LAGI 2018 offers to secure Victoria's leading position in the development of renewable energy resources. "By bringing together the world's best thinkers" on the LAGI 2018 challenge, Victoria is leading the cultural innovation and design of new energy systems as a practical and social response to climate change, contributing to the State's goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050. LAGI 2018 shows how design and clean energy "are two sides of the one coin."

Jodi Newcombe, Director of Carbon Arts talks about the value of the LAGI 2018 design competition in the context of the global energy transition.

Design Brief

Follow this link to find the > 2018 Design Guidelines Document



Energy Overlays, Hirmer Publishing, Purchase >


LAGI 2018 Jurors

Guy Abrahams



Charles Anderson

Senior Lecturer, Landscape Architecture, RMIT University

Director, CAStudios / SAALA


David Brand

City of Port Phillip Councillor



Elizabeth Corr

NRDC Manager, Art Partnerships & Events
Natural Resources Defense Council


Simon Corbell

Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate


William L. Fox

Director, Center for Art + Environment
Nevada Museum of Art


Jill Garner

Victorian Government Architect


Stan Krpan

Chief Executive Officer | Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria


Dr Beatriz Cristina Maturana

Founder of Architects for Peace, Academic Director at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Chile


Kim Herforth Nielsen

Founder and Creative Director
3XN Architects


Sharon Pollard

General Manager Operations

Fed Square


Anna Skarbek


ClimateWorks Australia


Vicki Sowry
Australian Network for Art and Technology


Martijn Wilder AM

Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Above is a small sampling of LAGI 2018 submissions including the shortlist as chosen by the selection committee.