On this page you'll find the design brief, supplemental downloads, and complete terms & conditions for LAGI 2019.
Download the Complete Design Guidelines PDF Document
This PDF contains the Design Brief, an illustrative site plan, and background information.
Design Site Boundary ZIP File
This folder contains detailed site information in DWG, PDF, and AI formats.
This version of the site boundary was updated on February 12 with more accurate information from the latest Masdar City master plan. As of March 13th the PDF also now provides dimension strings in meters. On April 8, the DWG file was back-saved to AutoCAD 2000 for those with earlier versions of the application.
Masdar City Massing Model
NEW as of February 12, 2019.
This folder contains a simple massing model of the Masdar City master plan and a volumetric representation of the LAGI 2019 design site boundary in SKP, 3DS, and DWG formats. It is based on an earlier version of the Masdar City masterplan. Therefore, you may use it for accurate building heights and to provide an overall background massing of the city, but you should refer to the 2D Design Site Boundary file for the most accurate surrounding building footprints.
New Aerial Video
New aerial video (uploaded January 24, 2019) focused more closely on the design site.
Other Aerial Videos
This folder contains additional aerial videos of the surrounding context of Masdar City (under construction).
Photos ZIP File
This folder contains photos and panoramas from all around the design site.
Supporting Documents ZIP File
This folder contains meteorological data for wind, solar, etc. along with helpful reference documents about Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, and the UAE.
This version of the supporting documents has been updated as of February 12, 2019.
Terms & Conditions
Complete Terms & Conditions PDF
A QUALIFIED ENTRY TO THE LAGI 2019 DESIGN COMPETITION MUST:
- Consist of a three dimensional sculptural form that has the ability to stimulate and challenge the minds of visitors to the site. The work should aim to inspire the world about the beauty of renewable energy infrastructures and bring a positive message about life in a post-carbon future. It should challenge visitors’ assumptions about issues related to climate change, for example: the balance of ecological systems, human habitation and development, energy and resource generation and consumption, energy storage, and/or other concepts at the discretion of the design team;
- 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. Consideration should be made for artfully housing electrical equipment within the project boundary and restricting access to those areas for the safety of visitors to the site;
- Not generate greenhouse gas emissions or other forms of environmental pollution. Each entry must provide a brief (approx. 300 words) environmental assessment as a part of the written description in order to determine the effects of the project on natural ecosystems and to outline a strategy to mitigate any foreseeable issues;
- Be pragmatic and constructible, and employ technology that can be scalable and tested. There is no limit on the type of technology or the proprietary nature of the technology that is specified. It is recommended that the design team make an effort to engage the owners of proprietary technology in preliminary dialogue as a part of their own research and development of the design entry;
- Be designed as a permanent installation that will serve as a contemporary, relevant, and lasting cultural attraction that provides a recognizable image to bolster local character and be proudly associated with the place;
- Not exceed $20 USD per watt of installed capacity. This symbolic number is the cost of a standard small-scale solar installation in 1992—the year of the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. Since then the cost of a similar installation has fallen to $3 per watt installed. Use the additional $17 per watt to make your installation a work of art;
- Provide opportunities within a variety of spaces for recreation, events, and interaction;
- Be well informed by a thorough understanding of the history, geography, details of the design site, and the broader contexts of Masdar City, the City of Abu Dhabi, and the United Arab Emirates;
- Be safe to people who would view it. Consideration must be made for viewing areas, accessibility, and boundaries between public and any restricted areas;
- Use English language for all text and metric scale.