RIBA launches competition to redesign pylon
Judging panel includes energy and climate secretary Chris Huhne
The RIBA has today launched a competition to redesign a stalwart of British engineering – the electricity pylon.
The competition, organised with the Department of Energy & Climate Change and the National Grid, is open to architects, designers, engineers and students.
As well as exploring the design of the structure itself, participants will be asked to look at the relationship between energy infrastructure and the environment within which it needs to be located.
RIBA president Ruth Reed said: “Design has never been far from our energy network. The current pylon design was chosen by Sir Reginald Blomfield, a leading architect of his day back in 1927, but the familiar steel lattice tower design has barely changed since then.
“This is a technically challenging but exciting competition, with the potential to improve our landscapes for decades to come, and I expect it to generate widespread interest.”
The judging panel, chaired by energy and climate secretary Chris Huhne and including architects Nicholas Grimshaw and Bill Taylor, will meet in October to choose a winner.
The competition closes on July 12. For more information visit http://www.ribapylondesign.com