A design by Carolina Aragón, assistant professor of landscape architecture, was among the top 50 entries in the International Land Art Generator Initiative Competition held in Melbourne, Australia.
Aragon’s entry, “WeAVES: Energy Harvesting Textiles in Public Space,” explores the incorporation of solar fibers and triboelectric textiles developed by chemistry professor Trisha Andrew and her students into a public space where energy can be generated by both solar power and people’s motion, either footsteps or jumping on trampolines.
The project will be included in the forthcoming book, “Energy Overlays Melbourne: Land Art Generator Initiative.”
In addition to Aragón, Andrew and her students, the design team included Christopher Rucinski, a 2016 landscape architecture graduate, and Michael Choudhary, a 2017 Master’s of Architecture graduate.
The Land Art Generator Initiative biennial design competition, held in Melbourne in 2018, invited teams of artists, architects, designers, scientists, engineers, and others to submit proposals for a large-scale and site-specific public art installation for the St. Kilda Triangle area that would generate clean energy with the potential to power hundreds of homes.
St. Kilda is a key destination for Melburnians and visitors, known for its foreshore, beach, night life, live music scene, restaurants and festivals. Located in the heart of St. Kilda, the St. Kilda Triangle is a unique opportunity as one of Melbourne’s last bayside renewal sites.
Earlier this year, Aragón was recognized by the International CODAawards for her installation on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, “High Tide.” The project was given a merit award in the landscape category.