Milan, Italy

Grid Aesthetics - How to engage stakeholders in landscape planning, design and aesthetics of grid infrastructure

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?


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

09:30 Registration, welcome coffee

10:00 Welcome

Antonella Battaglini | Renewables Grid Initiative
Romano Ambrogi | 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 surroundings?

Prof. Dr. Olaf Kühne | University Weihenstephan-Triesdorf | Presentation

11:15 Coffee break

11:45 How can design change the way we plan electricity grids?

Henrik Skouboe | Bystrup Architects | Presentation
Hugh Dutton | HDA | Presentation

13:00 Lunch

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

Alessandro Lué | Poliedra
Leonhard Späth | ETH Zurich 

15:30 Coffee break            

16:00 Multi-criteria analysis simulation game

Lead: Poliedra and ETH Zurich

18:00 End of the working day


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

09:00 Presentation of MCA results 

10:15 Bus departure to site visit

During one-hour bus ride: introduction into pylon design from Terna

11:00 Visit at two pylon designs and one substation

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


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BESTGRID is co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme and INSPIRE-Grid within the FP7 framework of the European Union.


Theresa Schneider
Senior Manager–Communication

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