Spring 2018 Student Lecture Series: Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry

The Aesthetics of Renewable Energy

  • 01/16/2018

  • 6 PM  - 7 PM

  • Cascieri Hall

    Boston Architectural College

    320 Newbury Street, Boston

  • communications@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

  • Design Community, Alumni, Students, Lectures

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for The Aesthetics of Renewable Energy, a public lecture by Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, co-founding directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.



The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is leading the global conversation on the shifting aesthetics of sustainable infrastructure. When envisioning cities of the future, we would like to imagine scenarios in which the aesthetic influence of clean-energy technologies have been intentionally designed into a well-planned city, rather than a future in which utilitarian devices have been affixed to surfaces as an afterthought.

By presenting examples of new energy power plants as public art, LAGI and the many teams around the world who participate are helping to inspire the general public about the beauty of our sustainable future, and showing policy makers and city planners that net-positive energy installations can be place-making tools, economic development drivers, and educational venues while they help to power the grid.

Every two years LAGI invites innovators from around the world to join in this effort through an international design competition for large-scale works of public art that integrate renewable energy technology to power hundreds of homes.

The LAGI 2018 design competition is open to anyone around the world and invites artists, architects, designers, scientists, engineers, and others to submit proposals for a large-scale and site-specific public art installation that generates clean energy for a site in the Melbourne metropolitan area. Previous open design competitions for Dubai/Abu Dhabi (2010), New York City (2012), Copenhagen (2014), and Santa Monica (2016) have brought in over 800 designs from over 60 countries.

More at www.landartgenerator.org.


About Elizabeth Monoian, LAGI Founding Co-Director and Board Chair

Elizabeth Monoian (MFA Carnegie Mellon University) is the founding co-director and executive director of the Land Art Generator Initiative, an organization that is developing global partnerships between private and public entities around interdisciplinary projects that address issues of climate and sustainability through the lens of creativity. She works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy installations.

Elizabeth has published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change. Under her leadership, LAGI has received multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants and has been awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

About Robert Ferry, LAGI Founding Co-Director and Board Chair

Robert Ferry is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with two decades of professional practice experience on both consultant and client sides. Following a decade of design and project management on sustainable new urbanist developments in the United States, he spent four years as a consultant on large commercial projects in Abu Dhabi, where his focus shifted to ways in which buildings can move beyond net-zero and contribute to the energy needs of the surrounding city. His concept designs pushing the envelope of building-integrated renewable energy technology have been published widely. Through the Land Art Generator, he is able to help support the critical role of architecture and urban design as part of a comprehensive solution to climate change. Robert is the co-founder of the Land Art Generator, partner at Studied Impact Design, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian are the founding Co-Directors of the Land Art Generator. They conceptualized LAGI in the fall of 2008 and launched the first international open call design competition on the theme in 2010.

In addition to developing and managing the LAGI design competitions, Monoian and Ferry have developed an array of unique STEAM materials that are widely used globally, including the Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies, Art+Energy Camps, Art+Energy Flash Cards, a 13-step STEAM Toolkit, information graphics, publications, and more.

LAGI is the recipient of multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants and has been awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Through LAGI, Elizabeth and Robert have published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change.

Their publications include Regenerative Infrastructures (Prestel Publishing), The Time is Now: Public Art of the Sustainable City (Page One Publishing), New Energies (Prestel Publishing), Powering Places: LAGI Santa Monica, (Prestel Publishing), and A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies.