Register: MAY/06/2018, Submit: MAY/06/2018, Eligibility: Professionals, students, architects, designers, landscape architects, urban planners, artists, engineers, electrical engineers, scientists, renewable energy scientists; individually, (interdisciplinary) teams, no restrictions the number of team members, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Place 16,000 USD, 2nd Place 5,000 USD
What does renewable energy infrastructure look like when it is woven into the fabric of the city? The LAGI 2018 ideas competition invites you to design a clean energy landscape for a post-carbon world – a public artwork that will help to power the city and inspire the future. Through the leadership of the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP), Victoria is setting an example for the world with a goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050. Melbourne, already one of the most sustainable cities in the world, is targeting net-zero by 2020.
The Victoria State Renewable Energy Action Plan outlines the steps that the government is taking to ensure a smooth and equitable transition to a thriving post-carbon economy. LAGI is delighted to be one small part of that vision within the context of Action 13, “Supporting important artistic and cultural sustainability events”.
How much of the clean energy infrastructure required to attain these goals will be implemented within urban areas, and what is the impact of these new installations on our constructed and natural environments? How can solar and wind energy be integrated into public spaces in ways that educate, inspire, and are responsive to the history, culture, and nature of place?
Melbourne has a rich tradition of ambitious and creative public projects aimed towards advancing sustainable development, and the LAGI competition, which brings together multiple disciplines to take on complex problems, is a perfect fit for this vibrant city of arts and culture.
ST KILDA TRIANGLE
For centuries prior to the arrival of European settlers, the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung knew the land around St Kilda as their home.
Its modern history is predominantly as a place for leisure and recreation and St Kilda’s shoreline has for over a century been Melbourne’s most popular beach.
Italian born Public Works Department engineer Carlo Catani achieved widespread public recognition for his visionary schemes of public works. The Catani Gardens are significant as the major work in a foreshore development scheme which cast St Kilda as a fashionable seaside resort in the Continental manner. The layout, planting and monuments evoke St Kilda’s heyday as a resort for promenading, reflecting both Edwardian formality and the festivity of a seaside resort.
Today St Kilda is a thriving public transit suburb of Melbourne with a heart of creativity, environmentalism, and social inclusiveness. What makes St Kilda Triangle such a great design site for LAGI 2018 is the overwhelming desire of the community to make something great happen there.
This ambition is reflected in a formal process for redevelopment of the site that has been ongoing since the Council adoption of the St Kilda Foreshore Urban Design Framework (UDF) in 2004 and which was given greater momentum following the tragic 2007 fire that destroyed the Palace nightclub.
A 2007 development plan was rejected by the community and led to a reorganization of the Council in the 2008 election and a restarting of the community engagement through a co-design process that began in 2011. It is summarized by the St Kilda Triangle Framework for the Future (Orange Document), the St Kilda Triangle Cultural Charter (Blue Document), and the St Kilda Triangle Masterplan (Purple Document).
From the perspective of urban planning and creative placemaking, St Kilda Triangle has been studied as much as any other 20,000 m2 site.
- 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 solicit contemplation from viewers on such broad ideas as 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 attractor that provides a recognizable image to bolster local character and be proudly associated with the place;
- Be accessible to the public 24 hours per day and 365 days per year to provide multifaceted opportunities within a variety of spaces for recreation, events, and interaction;
- Be compatible with the master plan provision for 200 car parking spaces within the site boundary (they are presently planned to be below grade);
- Be well informed by a thorough understanding of the history, geography, details of the design site, and the broader contexts of St Kilda, the City of Port Phillip, Melbourne, and the State of Victoria;
- Be safe to people who would view it. Consideration must be made for viewing areas, accessibility, and boundaries between public and any restricted areas;
- Be designed specifically to the constraints of the design site boundary at St Kilda Triangle as shown in the Location Plan and annotated in the Design Guidelines document, and be consistent with the Port Phillip City Council’s endorsed master plan for the site. Proposals may extend overhead beyond the site boundary to the centerline of adjacent street right of ways, respecting the surrounding infrastructure (lighting, power lines, street trees, etc.);
- Must not exceed 20 meters in height, with the possible exception of one tall feature, which may rise to no more than 100 meters in height and the top of which shall not consume more than 400 m2 of the site when viewed in plan;
- Respect the community’s desire to maintain views from the Esplanade of St Kilda Beach and the Port Phillip Bay horizon;