The Art of Designing Energy + Water Infrastructures: LAGI 2016 Santa Monica
Pictured: "The Pipe," Khalili Engineers
NB: no need to print out your ticket, just mention your last name when checking in.
6:00pm: Reception opens; docents available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the historic site
~6:45pm: Discussion with Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, LAGI founders; Rebecca Ehemann, founder, Green Public Art, City of West Hollywood Public Art Coordinator; Dean Kubani, City of Santa Monica Chief Sustainability Officer; Barry Lehman, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona. Moderated by Aaron Paley, co-founder of Ciclavia and Community Arts Resources.
Throughout the month of October, the Beach House features a pop-up exhibit in the Gallery of design entries to the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition.
The LAGI 2016 design brief challenged interdisciplinary teams worldwide to propose a large-scale work of public art that could serve to provide clean electricity and/or drinking water. The site, the Santa Monica Pier breakwater, offered participating teams the opportunity to consider wave and tidal energy as well as wind, solar, and other renewable sources. Although the projects depicted are not submitted in response to an actual design opportunity in the City of Santa Monica, the resulting proposals serve as examples to move the discussion forward on the appeal and utility of green technologies in the urban landscape.
The great energy transition is already having an effect on our visual environment and landscapes (think of the wind turbines outside of Palm Springs and in Tehachapi Pass), and this is only going to increase over the coming decades as California works to achieve the mandates of the 2030 Climate Strategy. Recognizing the power of public art and creative placemaking in this context, we can take a proactive approach to the aesthetic and cultural influence of renewable energy, and give planners new tools with which to integrate sustainable infrastructures into urban corridors, waterfronts, public places, and parks.
What sort of collaborations can spark true innovation in regenerative design? How can ensure that the outcomes of the energy transition bring benefits to everyone? We'll examine how public art is getting greener, becoming functioning energy and water infrastructures, and informing the public about climate change, and energy, water, and biodiversity issues.
Rebecca Ehemann specializes in the integration of public art into green building projects. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the College of Charleston and a Master’s in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts.
Robert Ferry, RA, LEED AP BD+C, is the Co-Founder of Studied Impact. His focus is on designing buildings that go above and beyond current popular notions of sustainability to achieve complete harmony with their local and global environments and with the people that use them.
Dean Kubani oversees all of the City’s efforts related to water and energy efficiency, urban runoff, green building, hazardous materials and sustainability. Since 1994 Dean has directed the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Program.
Through the Aqueduct Futures Project (2012-2015), Barry Lehrman addressed the century of antagonism and disenfranchisement wrought by the City of Los Angeles upon the Owens Valley by mapping the influence of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and defining future scenarios to empower the local community. Lehrman received a Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Monoian is the founder and director of Society for Cultural Exchange (SCE), 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.
Aaron Paley is the President and Co-Founder of Community Arts Resources (CARS), a leading innovator in the activation of public space through content-driven programming, ephemeral interventions and new models for design. He is the Founder of Yiddishkayt, the largest organization west of the Hudson dedicated to Jewish Eastern European culture. Paley is also Co-Founder of CicLAvia - now the largest car-free, open streets event in the United States, temporarily turning city streets into places for Angelenos to walk, bike, socialize and celebrate their city.
The Land Art Generator Initiative was founded in 2008 with the main goal of providing a platform for the design and construction of public art installations that have the added benefit of large-scale clean energy generation. LAGI 2016 serves to push the conversation around vital urban systems, challenging cities, designers and the public to think bigger about climate change and urban planning. http://www.landartgenerator.org
Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site. Picnickers welcome (no alcohol or glass permitted onsite.)
Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email email@example.com. We appreciate your keeping in touch!
Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.
Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour, Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.
Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.
General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 3pm in the off season & 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.