Founding Directors, Land Art Generator Initiative


Title: The Aesthetics of Renewable Energy: Designing a Post Carbon Culture
The great energy transition will have an impact on our built environment and our visual landscapes like no other technical shift since the automobile. Rather than ask the public to sacrifice the aesthetics of our cities to a new monoculture of solar panels and wind turbines, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) presents new energy infrastructures that are cultural icons for important sites. LAGI artworks offer policy makers and city planners net-positive energy installations that are placemaking tools, economic development drivers, and cultural/educational venues that inspire the public about the future while they help to power the grid today.


Elizabeth Monoian (MFA, Carnegie Mellon University) 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. Under SCE she co-founded the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) with Robert Ferry.

Robert Ferry is an architect who consults on design strategy for net-zero and net-positive buildings and has contributed to many sustainable development projects around the world, including Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. Robert is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Through LAGI Elizabeth and Robert have published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change.