A new exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow will showcase stunning designs, created collaboratively by Scottish and international agencies, for a potential renewable energy project to be located at Dundashill in Port Dundas, on the banks of the Forth & Clyde canal in the city.
The designs were based on the idea that such a project would be developed through a collaboration between local artists, architects, landscape architects and urban planners, working in collaboration with engineers and scientists. The aim of the project was to ‘explore different ways in which energy generation can be beautiful and iconic as well as practical and integrated into communities and placemaking’.
The exhibition – LAGI Glasgow – runs at The Lighthouse between 9 June – 29 July. LAGI is an acronym for Land Art Generator Initiative, and the designs on display at the exhibition were created through an open design competition in 2015. Previous LAGI competitions have taken place in the United Arab Emirates (2010), New York (2012), Copenhagen (2014) with another in Los Angeles this year.
Port Dundas was chosen as the potential location for the project by Glasgow City Council and the founding directors of LAGI, and the site is currently being developed through the Canal Regeneration Partnership, made up of Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals, and Igloo Regeneration. The partnership plans to create an area with new homes as well as creative and leisure industries to complement neighbouring existing facilities such as the Whisky Bond and Pinkston Watersports.
Following a briefing session on the Port Dundas LAGI project at the Whisky Bond, high quality expressions of interest were received from 12 teams comprised of different practitioners, including landscape architects, architects, artists, poets, engineers and science educators. A selection panel, comprising representatives of the Canal Regeneration Partnership, Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect for Scotland, and others, selected a shortlist of three teams to move to the project’s next stage.