Repurposing Transmission Towers
Transmission towers carrying high voltage lines form the axis of the Insect Trail. By putting the lines into an underground cable - work that has already begun - the pylons are destined to disappear from the cityscape. We want to preserve some masts as landmarks and an exciting stratum from the history of the Pollinator Highway and give them a new meaning and function. In the linear park design of the northern part of the Pollinator Highway, we design versatile activity pockets near the masts. By dismantling the pylons into modules and reassembling them in a new way, the masts can become, for example, light poles, greenhouses, climbing towers or observation platforms - such ideas have been proposed by the locals during a crowdsourcing project. Our concept is to turn masts into a new kind of “energy masts” with integrated smart city solutions that function as landmarks and support versatile uses. The precondition for rethinking the masts is cooperation of the current owner of the masts: Elering and the city of Tallinn. In the spring of 2021, we plan to order an engineering expertise to find out the load-bearing capacity of the masts, the condition of the structures and the possibilities of reconstruction. We plan to find the best architectural solutions via a design competition. We plan to move from the concept to implementation via an innovation procurement.