Project: Each of the six artists listed above utilize a different strategy to promote energy technology. Franceschini – small-scale demonstration; Ngo – large scale implementation; Potrc – DIY protocol; Saraceno – bio and weather dependence; Starling – absurd effort; Strachan – establish an extreme condition. Utilize one of these strategies to create a work of art promoting south-facing architecture, or write and illustrate a detailed accounting of such a work.

As an adjective, the word ‘alternative’ is misleading when it comes to describing current energy opportunities. 
 
– First, the word typically means a single choice, but manifold alternative energy sources exist. 
 
 – Second, ‘alternative’ indicates these choices are mutually exclusive, but the simultaneous use of multiple energy producing schemes is promoted by many environmentalists. 
 
– Third, limiting ‘alternative’ to the unconventional methods being devised by advanced science and technology does not reveal the scope of available strategies. Consider, for example, an efficient method of capturing solar energy that is ignored today but was common 2,400 years ago. It required no costly installation, produced no harmful effects, and utilized a limitless and free source of energy. Community planners in ancient Greece and Asia Minor laid out entire cities so that the porticos of every home faced south so they were warmed by sunlight in the winters. Legislation prevented new buildings from blocking solar access to existing homes. Contemporary society is thousands of years behind ancient Greek culture in solar city planning.
 
Project: Each of the six artists listed above utilize a different strategy to promote energy technology. Franceschini – small-scale demonstration; Ngo – large scale implementation; Potrc – DIY protocol; Saraceno – bio and weather dependence; Starling – absurd effort; Strachan – establish an extreme condition. Utilize one of these strategies to create a work of art promoting south-facing architecture, or write and illustrate a detailed accounting of such a work.
 
Research / Discussion: Sunlight factors into the energy-producing schemes of Franceschini, Ngo, Potrc, Saraceno, and Strachan. Compare how the energy of the sun is captured, released, and directed in the work of any two of these artists. Comment on their potential to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.