One major item of infrastructure that gets very little architectural input is the appearance of nuclear power plants. Most of the time they are little more than concrete boxes, and this does very little to help the public's perception of them as a clean energy source.
These nuclear organisations want to change that, with a design showcase for concepts of nuclear power plants that show on the outside the kind of high-tech stuff going on within.
WNA-WNN Design Showcase
Advances in the technology and management of nuclear power have secured the role of this leading source of low-carbon energy for the coming century. But excellence within a nuclear power plant seldom extends to the plant's exterior appearance. Far too often nuclear facilities are housed in bleak industrial structures that express little of the excitement and value of the technology inside, let alone the human element of a highly skilled workforce.
To stimulate creativity in improving the appearance of nuclear power plants, the World Nuclear Association and World Nuclear News are collaborating to gather and showcase innovative architectural proposals designed to convey the technological and professional excellence that inheres in nuclear power and the profound opportunity this technology offers for a global clean-energy future.
Submissions to the first annual WNA-WNN Design Showcase will be considered by a special awards panel composed of business and policy leaders, and selected proposals will be prominently featured in a permanent section of the WNN website.
The brief is to create a graphic vision of a nominal 1000 MWe reactor with one cooling tower that is both attractive and also practical in engineering and cost terms. Entrants are asked to submit three high resolution views of their design, along with a short explanation of the design philosophy. Submissions should be made electronically to email@example.com by 1 December 2010.
Commenting on the showcase, WNA head John Ritch said, "The nuclear industry may always face a measure of public concern simply because its technology involves powerful, mysterious and unseen forces. But what the industry can certainly control is what the public does see. By expressing the modernity and precision of nuclear power today, architectural artistry could, with little or no effect on cost, help to foster increased public appreciation of a technology that is not only admirable but crucial to our world's future."
I wonder if there are any render experts on Skyscraper City that would like to enter?