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The Vaasa panel, an illusive design by Konehuone, is a 110-kV column located in the city of Vaasa, Finland.

Visually Appealing Structures

The paradigm of designing transmission structures to disappear is shifting.

Over the past 130 years of electricity in America, the attention given to transmission line aesthetics has been mostly an afterthought or, more recently, a process complication necessary to gain public acceptance and secure the required permits for a project. Utility aesthetics have been relegated to playing a public relations role. But how should visual impact tie into the engineer’s numerous responsibilities to public safety, health and welfare?

The engineer must balance compe

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