Have you ever had a picnic in a Power Plant?
What does renewable energy infrastructure look like when it is woven into the fabric of the city?
The LAGI 2018 ideas competition is one of the world’s most-followed sustainable design events, inspiring people everywhere about the beauty and promise of a net-zero carbon future. Founded in 2008 with the goal of providing a platform for the design and construction of public art installations that have the added benefit of large-scale clean energy generation.
In 2018, sponsored by the State of Victoria, as part of their Renewable Energy Action Plan, artists, landscape designers, scientists, engineers and architects from all over the world were invited to design a clean energy landscape for a post-carbon world. A public artwork that would help to power the City of Port Phillip at the site of the famous landmark, The St Kilda Triangle.
Kim, together with Carbon Arts, was asked to deliver their fifth global ideas competition for a utility-scale renewable energy public artwork.
The first-place winning design was a perfect example of this new socially-relevant approach to clean energy infrastructure. NH Architecture’s Light Up incorporates solar, wind, and microbial fuel cell technologies to produce 2,220 MWh of clean energy annually for St Kilda in the City of Port Phillip, or enough to power nearly 500 Australian homes.
The competition continues to run around the world, helping to shape the aesthetic impact that new sustainable infrastructures will inevitably have on our cherished urban places and our scenic landscapes as we get closer to a 100% renewable world.