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    Author(s): Elizabeth Monoian; Robert Ferry
    Date: 2018
    Source: In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change; 2017 November 7-9; Lemont, IL. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183.
    Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    The great energy transition will have an impact on our built environment and our visual landscape like no other technical shift since the invention of the automobile. Our cities and countrysides will look different in 2040 than they do today as distributed renewable energy infrastructures expand at a rapid pace. The common perception of these systems is of standard flat blue solar panels and three‐blade horizontal axis wind turbines, separated from the public by chain link fences. Many people do not see these as welcome additions to cherished cityscapes and rural viewsheds. Rather than passively accepting these new energy systems as a necessary but aesthetically unfortunate addition to our cities, we can instead present examples of renewable energy infrastructures that are cultural icons. In doing so, we can excite and inspire people to want more renewable energy, not only because it is a required response to greenhouse gas emissions reduction mandates, but because it is sexy and culturally relevant. The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is a part of a global conversation on the shifting aesthetics of sustainable infrastructure. By presenting examples of utility‐scale renewable energy infrastructures as public art, LAGI is inspiring the general public about the beauty of our sustainable future, and showing policy makers and city planners that net‐positive energy installations can be placemaking tools, economic development drivers, and educational venues while they help to power the grid. The visual case study demonstrates how LAGI is playing an important role in defining the design influence of renewable energy on our constructed environments.

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    Monoian, Elizabeth; Ferry, Robert. 2018. Land art generator initiative. In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change; 2017 November 7-9; Lemont, IL. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-P-183-VCS-7.

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