LAGI 2019 Abu Dhabi

The competition is now closed.

Welcome to the official portal of the Special Edition 2019 LAGI international design competition: Return to the Source, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi 2019

The first thing that you'll want to do is download the Design Guidelines document by clicking the link below or the banner above. It will take you to the Design Brief page where you will find an easy reference to the design requirements and links to supplemental documents such as the site boundary, photographs, and other reference documents.

If you have not done so yet, please click on the "register" link on the upper right and create your account. By doing so, you will stay informed as there are updates. Only one team member needs to register. That should be the same user who will upload your team's submission before the deadline. The email you use for registration will be our primary method of contact for all updates and communication with your team.

Please email with questions.

Go to the Design Brief Downloads Page

REMINDER: Submission Deadline is May 12, 2019.

LAGI 2019 invites creatives, scientists, engineers, and others from around the world to submit their idea for a site-specific public art installation that generate carbon-neutral electricity for Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

The competition is free and open to everyone. We encourage 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 is a cash prize of $40,000 USD for the 1st Place winner and $10,000 USD for the 2nd Place winner.

LAGI 2019—Return to the Source—invites you to create an iconic work of art for a landmark site within Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. Your artwork will use renewable energy technology as a medium of creative expression and will provide on-site energy production consistent with the master plan of the city.

Masdar is the Arabic word for “source.” As the name of Abu Dhabi’s multifaceted renewable energy company and most ambitious low-carbon development, it is a reference to the Sun, the source of energy that sustains life on Earth, drives the wind and waves, and that over millions of years powered the transfer of ancient carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into the ground, creating a climate habitable to humans.

“Source” also has meaning within the context of the Land Art Generator initiative, which was established in the UAE in 2008. The first LAGI design competition was supported by Masdar and the award ceremony took place at the 2011 World Future Energy Summit, where eight years later the 2019 LAGI design competition is launched.

LAGI 2019 presents a new kind of challenge from the Land Art Generator initiative. This year’s special edition is in partnership with the 24th World Energy Congress, the largest and most influential global energy event, that has been a forum for innovation and dialogue on energy issues for 95 years. The 24th World Energy Congress will be the venue for the exhibition of 25 shortlisted projects designed for Masdar City.

Masdar City is a glimpse into the future of urban planning and architecture. It aims to be a commercially viable city offering the highest quality of life within the lowest environmental footprint. The city is a mixed-use, sustainable community, including employment-generating land uses, residential areas, parks, plazas and neighbourhood amenities.

LAGI 2019 is sponsored by Masdar, and is an official side event of the 24th World Energy Congress where the primary exhibition and award ceremony will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre September 9 – 12, 2019.


January 16, 2019
LAGI 2019 competition opens: design brief and supplemental information is available on this LAGI competition portal.

January 16, 2019 – April 15, 2019
Open period for questions. Answers to team questions will be posted periodically on this site and can be accessed by clicking the Q+A link at the top of the page. April 15, 2019 is the last day that questions will be received.

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Competition closes

June 2019
Selection & jury process

July 2019
Winners & shortlist contacted

September 2019
Award ceremony and exhibition at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

January 2020
Exhibition and book launch at the 2020 World Future Energy Summit, a part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability week.

LAGI 2019 Sponsor

LAGI 2019 is sponsored by Masdar.


LAGI 2019 Partner

LAGI 2019 is an official side event of the 24th World Energy Congress.

24th World Energy Congress


1st Prize $40,000 USD

2nd Prize $10,000 USD

One representative of the first and second place winning teams will be flown to Abu Dhabi for the award ceremony and exhibition opening.


Award ceremony and exhibition at the 24th World Energy Congress, which will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


The LAGI 2018 publication featuring the top 50 submissions will be released in January 2020 by Prestel Publishers.


H.E. Eng. Fatima Alfoora Alshamsi
Assistant Undersecretary
Electricity and Future Energy in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy and Industry
CEO 24th World Energy Congress Organizing Committee

Yousef Ahmed Baselaib
Executive Director Sustainable Real Estate

Lukas Sokol
Head, City Design, Sustainable Planning

Chris Wan
Head, Design Management

Emily Doherty
The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award

Tim Mollette-Parks, ASLA
Landscape Architect
Associate Principal, Mithun

Hala El Akl
Architect & Urban Planner
Director, PLP Architecture, London

Daniel Glaessl
Design Director
Gensler Silicon Valley

Raya Ani
Founder | Design Director
RAW-NYC Architects

Zac Cirivello
Operations Manager, Fly Ranch
Burning Man Project


A city of the future is being constructed today in Abu Dhabi. Designed by Foster+Partners to be home to 40,000, the low-carbon city will continue to rise over the next decade as an examplary model for sustainable development in the 21st century.

Modeled after ancient cities such as Cairo and Muscat, the city is designed to passively create cooling microclimates with the use of thermal mass materials that absorb heat, shading elements, wind towers, and the breezes created by the narrow pedestrian-friendly corridors.

The city houses the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology where groundbreaking work is being done on the development of renewable energy technology with a focus on systems compatable with the climate of the UAE.

An onsite 10 MW solar array is complemented by a vast array of photovoltaic and solar thermal rooftop installations.

Your artwork will further contribute to the onsite renewable energy generation as it also stands as a beacon to the future and a gateway to both Masdar City and the City of Abu Dhabi.

PDF and AI versions of the site plan below are available in the Design Site Boundary ZIP file.