[image: LAGI proposal from Melissa Elliott and Elizabeth Bailey]

Regenerative Art: the aesthetics of renewable energy in public spaces

November 11-13, 2016

Course Leaders: Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry (Land Art Generator Initiative)

Facilitator: Dr. Richard Povall (art.earth and Schumacher College)

A unique opportunity to work with two leading proponents of sustainable design within the sphere of public art. The Land Art Generator Initiative is becoming increasingly known and respected across the world for their work with public art, design in public spaces, and aesthetic design for renewable energy.

dartington-hall-1This short course takes place at the remarkable Dartington Hall in southwest England from 17.00 on November 11 to 16.30 on November 13, 2016 (immediately following on from the international summit meeting Feeding the Insatiable). This extraordinary site sits within some of the UK’s most spectacular landscapes, with more protected areas than anywhere else in the UK.

This practice-based short course provides participants with useful knowledge and experience for creatively integrating renewable energy systems into cherished cultural environments as a part of a larger strategic approach to carbon reduction. The workshop will focus on the Dartington estate and seek to identify opportunities to place new infrastructures in open areas while maintaining shared use with open spaces and other campus functions. Dartington Hall (image courtesy Dartington Hall Trust)

Experience will be applicable to all types of contexts. The outcome will include concept sketches of specific public art ideas based on the Land Art Generator Initiative design model. A document will record the outcomes of the workshop as a planning tool for the College Estate.

We will work with photographs and scale drawings of the estate as a design site, along with other contemporary and historical information about the estate.

Your work will be speculative design – as innovative, challenging and creative as you can make it – for a speculative use on this historic estate. The work is intended to model the real-life experience of designing for a unique site.

Maximum number on the course is 20, and we welcome participation by community leaders, environmental organisations, community energy leaders, artists and arts producers, and architects and designers).

Sunny Side Up - proposal for a public art installation by Hung Fai Tang and Natalie Wong (courtesy LAGI)

Sunny Side Up – proposal for a public art installation by Hung Fai Tang and Natalie Wong (courtesy LAGI)

Who is it for?

The course is not just for experienced designers, architects or professional artists. If you have an interest in public spaces, public art policy and design, renewable energy and its aesthetics and impact on the visual landscape, or are a landowner or property owner interested in more visually appealing ways to work with renewable energy then this course is for you.

As part of the course we will visit some of the recent developments on this medieval site in introducing renewable energy to the overall energy mix. The estate now generates more than 40% of its energy using renewables, on a site where visual impact is important.

Indicative programme

  • Introduction to LAGI by Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry
  • Short bio intro by each participant
  • Presentation about the site and the community/cultural context
  • Presentations on energy technologies and art in public space
  • Open discussion and idea generation
  • Alignment with Dartington estate energy/planning team
  • Design charrette
  • Group discussion and critique
  • Design development
  • Wrap up


For those with institutional or corporate affiliation:

  • Residential fee including shared-bathroom (student-style) accommodation and all meals at Schumacher College £649
  • Residential fee including hotel accommodation and all meals at Schumacher College £725
  • Non-residential fee including lunch and evening meal at Schumacher College £559

For independents and freelancers

  • Residential fee  including shared-bathroom (student-style) accommodation and all meals at Schumacher College £499
  • Non-residential fee including lunch and evening meal at Schumacher College £399

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