The LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch Design Brief will invite you to design one or more of the following systems as works of functional and regenerative art:


Solar, Wind, Bio, Geothermal, Storage

With 250+ sunny days a year, regular winds that can exceed 40 mph and dozens of hot springs, Fly Ranch has vast potential for developing creative solutions for renewable power from solar, geothermal, or wind, and more.



Hot Springs, Filtration, Evaporation, Ice

With dozens of hot and cold springs, hundreds of pools, and half a dozen artesian wells, water is the lifeblood of Fly Ranch. We invite creative solutions for spring water filtration, sustainably generated ice, and the purification and reuse of greywater. To prevent erosion, scalable designs for use of the hot springs are needed.



Housing, Event Spaces, Sustainable Architecture

This expansive and harsh desert climate provides opportunities to combine modern architectural and technological innovation with traditional off-grid building techniques like natural materials and passive heating/cooling for housing, camping, and gathering spaces. We can pioneer scalable and modular designs to fit a wide range of needs from small overnight shelters designed to withstand the elements to large-scale next generation fabrication centers for artists and makers.



Permaculture, Aquaponics, Gardens, Grazing

Fly Ranch has several hundred acres of previous ranchland that can be reinvigorated to create sustainable agriculture systems for local communities and beyond. The site can become a laboratory pioneering methods for desert permaculture systems and large-scale indoor desert hydroponics and aquaponics systems.



Composting, Recycling, Waste Biogas, Incineration

As part of the transition from a temporary event to a year-round site, we have new opportunities to explore sustainable methods for composting and recycling. We can also explore new methods for rewilding pastureland, restoring landfills, and generating energy through safe incineration.


LAGI 2020
site typology: desert systems


LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch will build on the foundation of Burning Man's Fly Ranch Project and be informed by the practice of the Land Art Generator Initiative.

Creatives will be invited to propose their regenerative artwork in the unique and stunning landscape of this Northern Nevada site.

In 2021 selected design teams will be provided an honoraria grant for the purpose of building a functional prototype on site.


Jurors (Complete list will be posted in January)

David de Rothschild
Explorer and environmentalist

Matt Forkin
Hardware Engineer, Google X; Wilderness skills expert

Jason Schupbach
Head of Design, Arizona State University

Rina Schumer
Asst VP of Academic and Faculty Affairs,
Desert Research Institute

Stacey Black
Assistant Principal and Teacher, Gerlach K–12

Heather Gayle Holdridge, LEED Fellow, EIT, Assoc. AIA 
Sustainability Director at Lake|Flato Architects

David Walker
CEO, Nevada Museum of Art

Crimson Rose
Founding Board Member, Burning Man Project

Will Roger
Founding Board Member, Burning Man Project

Darien Sturges
Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Michelle Tulac
Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Yodassa Williams
Writer, entrepreneur, speaker, and performing storyteller

Nadia Nazar
Zero Hour Founder, Co-Executive Director, & Art Director

Victor Pérez-Rul
Artist and Founder of Studio Victor Pérez-Rul; LAGI Board Member

William Kamkwamba
Founder, Moving Windmills

Christian Gaines
Executive Director, Western States Arts Federation


LAGI 2020 Partner
Burning Man Project
Each August, the annual Burning Man event transforms a desolate corner of northern Nevada into a thriving temporary metropolis fueled by creativity, experimentation and awe. In 2016, the organization behind this city acquired Fly Ranch, a 3,800 acre property just north of the event site. This property is home to dozens of hot and cold springs, three geysers, acres of wetlands, dozens of animal species, and more than 100 identified types of plants. The Fly Ranch project is an opportunity to create a year-round rural incubator for Burning Man culture and a catalyst for creative culture in the world.


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