Pile Power

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The Santa Monica Pier served as a metaphorical action to organize the form. By flipping the pier, the action exposes and captures wave energy. At the same time it offered the opportunity to also capture wind energy by the exposed pier. The strategy of flipping reverses the traditional pier structure – boardwalk, joist supports, pile supports – and utilizes these structures as productive energy capturing devices – Pile Power. Components – Wind Energy PIle, Oscillating Wave Surge Energy Converters, Power Converter Sub Station.


The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)


Santa Monica, CA


Competition / 2016

Project Team

Vinson J. Camacho, Principal-In-Charge
Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal

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