4th BESTGRID workshop on "Grid Aesthetics" hosted by Terna

Milan, 19 May, 10am - 20 May, 5pm

ATA Executive Hotel, Viale Luigi Sturzo, 45, Milan
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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:

  • What do we mean by landscape and how do we perceive our surroundings?
  • Can design and architecture influence the public’s acceptability of electricity grids?
  • How can we improve landscape planning?
  • How can stakeholders be engaged in the decision-making process regarding design and technology?

Find a summary of the workshop here.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

9:30 Registration, welcome coffee

10:00 Welcome

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?

Debate by
Henrik Skouboe | Bystrup Architects (amongst others designers of 
the T-Pylon) | Presentation
Hugh Dutton | HDA (designer of the Equilibre and
Germogli) | 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 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 

Lunch boxes

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





Impressions of the day

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