Beautiful and peculiar landscapes - both natural and architectural - are widespread across Europe. Very often, these are dear to local residents due to strong emotional bonds. Naturally, scepticism arises when some of these areas are to be changed due to the crossing of new power lines.
Design and technology can play a major role when seeking better solutions for the integration of grid infrastructure in the surrounding landscape. However, this requires big engineering efforts and often entails higher costs. Some TSOs, including Terna, have experimented with these new design options: how did they choose and implement the new pylons? How can stakeholders be engaged in such a decision-making process?
The consortia of the two EU-funded projects INSPIRE-Grid and BESTGRID invited to the workshop Grid Aesthetics - How to engage stakeholders in landscape planning, design and aesthetics of grid infrastructure on 19 - 20 May 2015 in Milan.
During the two-day workshop, we discussed questions, such as:
Find a summary of the workshop here.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
9:30 Registration, welcome coffee
Antonella Battaglini | Renewables Grid Initiative
Romano Ambrogi | Director, Development & Planning, RSE SpA |Presentation
Adel Motawi | Terna
10:20 Landscape and landscape planning – an introduction
Dirk Gotzmann | Civilscape | Presentation
10:45 Attitudes and perceptions – how do we feel about our
Prof. Dr. Olaf Kühne | University Weihenstephan-Triesdorf | Presentation
11:15 Coffee break
11:45 How can design change the way we plan electricity grids?
14:00 Overview: new landscape and design approaches in Europe
Alexander Braun | Europoles | Presentation
14:30 Landscape planning to improve biodiversity
Tom Wagner | TenneT | Presentation
15:00 Introduction to INSPIRE-Grid
Stefano Maran | RSE | Presentation
15:15 Introduction to multi-criteria analysis (MCA) and simulation
game of next day
Alessandro Lué | Poliedra
Anna Scolobig, Leonhard Spätz | ETH Zurich
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Simulation game
18:00 End of the workshop day
19:30 Networking Dinner
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
9:00 Results of multi-criteria-analysis simulation game
Lead: Poliedra/ other INSPIRE-Grid partners | Presentation
11:00 Bus departure to site visit
During one-hour bus ride: introduction into pylon design
12:00 Arrival at new pylons; visit, presentation
Nicoletta Rivabene | Terna Rete Italia SpA - Analyses and Environmental Studies
Piero Berardi | Terna Rete Italia SpA - Technologies and Specialist Support - Overhead lines
Nicola Ricciardini | Geotech Srl