Eight Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) students have been shortlisted for an international design award. The prize is part of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), a biennale design competition that brings together artists, designers, architects and engineers alike in order to design large scale public artworks capable of generating renewable energy.

The team of students from the Art, Space and Nature programme are on a shortlist of twenty-five teams from around the world who have created a solution that "accelerate[s] the transition to post-carbon economies by providing models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire, and educate—while providing equitable power to thousands of homes around the world.”

The shortlisted project, ‘GLASS BOULDERS’, is an immersive series of sculptures formed of transparent glass solar panels for the St. Kilda triangle in Melbourne, Australia. The students who produced it are Natalia Bezerra, Mungki Dewi, Luis Guzman Martinez, Andrew Ioannou, Di Jiao, Cody Lukas Anderson, Becky Sutton, and Audrey Yeo.

Image: 'GLASS BOULDERS' design for St. Kilda triangle in Melbourne, Australia
Image: 'GLASS BOULDERS' design for St. Kilda triangle in Melbourne, Australia

It has a parametric design, meaning that the glass solar panels are layered to maximise the amount of infrared light they can capture.

The proposed design not only seamlessly embeds itself into the landscape and provides unique experiences for individuals in the space, but also optimises the efficiency of the solar panel technology. It has a parametric design, meaning that the glass solar panels are layered to maximise the amount of infrared light they can capture. Additionally, the modular design allows for future expansion of the work based on current energy demand, with the initial amount of energy production being 690MWh.

'GLASS BOULDERS’ will now take part in a touring exhibition around Australia, as well as being included in ENERGY OVERLAYS, the LAGI 2018 publication, which will be launched on the 11th of October in Melbourne.


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