Art and Design Competition ($20,000 Prize Money) for Anyone Who Can Design Worldwide

LAGI International Design Competition

Course(s) Offered: Competition
Course Level: All levels
Provider: Society for Cultural Exchange ("SCE")
Country to Compete in: Denmark

Scholarship Description
LAGI 2014 Copenhagen invites designers from around the world to submit their ideas for what infrastructure art of sustainable cities looks like. The call is to envision public art that generates utility-scale clean energy for the City of Copenhagen.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) brings together artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, engineers, and others in a first of its kind collaboration. The goal of the LAGI is to see to the design and construction of public art installations that uniquely combine aesthetics with utility-scale clean energy generation. The works will serve to inspire and educate while they provide renewable power to thousands of homes around the world.

The 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative, in partnership with Refshaleøen Holding and other project partners, calls on artists and designers to submit proposals for a pragmatic art installation for the design site at Refshaleøen, located across the water from the iconic Little Mermaid Statue.

A qualified entry must fulfill the following requirements and be developed to a concept design level of detail.

Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition

The competition is free and open to everyone. LAGI encourages designers, artists, engineers, architects, landscape architects, university students, urban planners, scientists, and anyone to enter who believes that the world can be powered beautifully and sustainably.

There are no restrictions on team size and/or makeup. The competition is open to everyone, but is in particular aimed at artists, urban planners, architects, landscape architects, and engineers. It is recommended (but not mandatory) that the team be comprised of interdisciplinary members so as to arrive at the most well-conceived result but we also recognize that great ideas can spring from individual efforts as well.

As an international design competition, the Competition is open worldwide to professionals, any member of the public, and to students. An Entrant may either make a Submission individually or as a team (“Entrant”). Each team shall identify one team member as its Point of Contact (“Point of Contact”) during the upload process.

The following are excluded from participation in the competition:
  • All persons or businesses who are or were involved in the organization of the competition or have contributed significantly to formulating the competition design guidelines.
  • Representatives or employees of the competition promoter.
  • Employees with, partners of or employees of any member of the jury or adviser to the jury.
  • Persons who are close relatives of or have a close familial relationship with any member of the jury or adviser to the jury.
  • Enterprises that are wholly or partly owned by persons who are close relatives of or have a close familial relationship with a member of the jury or adviser to the jury.
  • Any employee, volunteer, or board member of Society for Cultural Exchange or the Land Art Generator Initiative.
No matter how a person is involved in the preparation of an entry, he or she must be aware of the above rules. In case of doubt, contact

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries worldwide can participate

Participating Institutions
Land Art Generator Initiative design competition ("Competition") is a project of Society for Cultural Exchange ("SCE")

Fields of study
A qualified entry to the LAGI 2014 design competition must fulfill the following criteria:
  • Consist of a three dimensional sculptural form that has the ability to stimulate and challenge the mind of visitors to the site.
  • Capture energy from nature, convert it into electricity, and have the ability to store, and/or transform and transmit the electrical power to a grid connection point to be designed by others.
  • Not create greenhouse gas emissions and not pollute its surroundings. The work must not impact the natural surroundings negatively.
  • Be pragmatic and constructible and employ technology that can be scalable and tested.
  • Be well informed by a thorough understanding of the history, geography, details of the design site, and the broader contexts of Refshaleøen, Copenhagen, and Denmark;
  • Be safe to people who would view it. Consideration must be made for viewing platform areas and boundaries between public and restricted areas;
  • Be designed specifically to the constraints of the design site at Refshaleøen as shown in the Location Plan (available for download);
  • Designs must not exceed 125 meters in height;
  • Entries must be in English and metric scale.
Number of awards
There will be two prize winners - the FIRST place and the SECOND place winners

Sponsorship duration
This is a ONE-TIME cash prize award

Scholarship benefits
PRIZES include:

First Place:
$15,000 (USD). Two members of the first place winning team will be flown to Copenhagen for the award ceremony and exhibition opening. Accommodations and airfare will be provided, but Visas and other travel requirements are the responsibility of the team members.

Second Place:
$5,000 (USD)

Method of Application
Register your team by creating an account (see the link in the sidebar of the official website).

Under Log In, click Register. Enter your username and email address. You will receive a password and confirmation via email. We recommend that you register the first time you visit the site. This way you will stay informed of all LAGI 2014 competition updates via email.

If you encounter any difficulties, please email and we will register you manually.

Registration is free.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it below) for complete and detailed information on this competition and also on the correct 'Submission Format' and 'How to Submit Your Entries'.

Submissions will be accepted until May 18, 2014 at 23:59 (11:59pm) GMT.

The schedule for the 2014 LAGI programme is as follows:
  • January 1, 2014 - Announcement of call to teams
  • January 1, 2014 to March 1, 2014 - Open period for questions
  • May 18, 2014 - Deadline for submission
  • June and July 2014 - Selection and Jury Process
  • Autumn 2014 - Announcement of winner and award ceremony; AND
    Public exhibit of selected entries
Land Art Generator Initiative design competition ("Competition") is a project of Society for Cultural Exchange ("SCE") and is administered solely by SCE. The award money is a cash payment from SCE to the winning designer and is not related to costs of detailed design or construction of the work. There is no guarantee of any of the submitted designs being constructed.

All Submissions shall be vetted for eligibility and strict adherence with all Competition Rules and Criteria as defined herein or in any associated Competition Guidelines (or similar).

Jury review shall be preceded by a shortlisting process in coordination with Partners and informed by community events and public feedback. The shortlisting process shall proceed at the discretion of SCE. Entrants will not be notified of their status with regard to shortlisting.

Jurors shall have no access to the identity of the Entrant but shall refer to the Submissions by their unique 8-digit identification code.

The Jury shall identify through their deliberation a First and a Second place winner. First Place will receive $15,000USD in award money. Second Place will receive $5,000USD in award money. Accordingly, SCE will notify the First Place, Second Place, and Shortlisted entries (“Winners”). SCE reserves the right to change any rubric related to or in identifying any Winner.

If you have any questions, please send an email to

Application Deadline: 18 May 2014
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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Related: List of Scholarships in Denmark for International Students

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