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Competition Invites Designs for Beautiful Renewable Energy Landscape at Site of BUGA 23

Germany Architecture News - May 05, 2022 - 11:59   1785 views

Competition Invites Designs for Beautiful Renewable Energy Landscape at Site of BUGA 23

The Land Art Generator initiative and BUGA 23 have announced the launch of the LAGI 2022 Mannheim design competition.

The LAGI 2022 Mannheim design competition—Beautiful Forms of Energy—is an opportunity to weave renewable energy into the city in ways that improve human thriving. As a part of the 2023 German Bundesgartenschau (BUGA 23), the design challenge includes a number of themes and ideas for inspiration aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Just as a garden is a productive landscape for nourishment that also brings us joy and pleasure, how can we re-imagine our energy landscapes so that they bring joy and pleasure to our communities? How can renewable energy be integrated in beautiful ways into everyday life so that it is not some cold and utilitarian technology, but is instead an artful accessory that we all desire to have?.

According to Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, the founding co-directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative, "LAGI 2022 Mannheim offers the opportunity for creatives to tell a new and inspiring climate story—a narrative that moves beyond the doom and gloom of what will happen to our planet if we don’t act. Instead, we can paint a detailed picture of the wonderful, equitable, and thriving world we will create through our collective action. This story is about the incredible quality of life and the wonderful experiences of those who will live in a world beyond carbon. Desire is the motivation that will drive massive change and artists and designers hold the magic key to unlock that desire."

Michael Schnellbach, Managing Director of BUGA 23: "LAGI is an extraordinary initiative that we are happy to give space to within the framework of the Federal Horticultural Show Mannheim 2023. The competition fits in well with our guiding themes of climate, energy, environment and food security, which are reflected in all areas of BUGA 23. In our experimental field we take a playful approach to these future topics. This approach is also what makes the LAGI competition so special."

Results of the open-call international design competition will be on display at BUGA 23 from April – October 2023. 

A beautiful hardcover book with 70 of the best submissions will be published by Hirmer Publishing.


1st Place: $30,000 USD 

2nd Place: $10,000 USD 

One representative of each winning team will be flown to Mannheim in April 2023 for the award ceremony.

Submissions will be accepted through September 4, 2022.

LAGI 2022 Mannheim Jurors

Dr. Peter Kurz
Lord Mayor of Mannheim

Michael Schnellbach

Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink
Former European Commission Joint Research Centre

Dr. Alessandra Scognamiglio
Architect, Senior Researcher at ENEA

Helen Turner
Artistic Director and Chief Curator, E-WERK Luckenwalde

Dr. Clark Miller
Professor; Director, Center for Energy & Society, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Marjan van Aubel
Solar Designer

Asha Singhal
Regenerative Designer, Hybrid Futures

Andreas Kipar
Landscape Architect
Co-Founder, CEO, and Creative Director LAND

Peter Slavenburg
Co-founder, NorthernLight

Karin Heyl
VP Social Engagement, BASF SE

More about the Land Art Generator Initiative and details for how to participate, visit the website.

Top image courtesy of Land Art Generator.

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