Analysis of landscape quality and the aesthetic effects of change is now an important component of North American landscape practice. This paper reviews the aesthetic analysis methods most commonly used in electric transmission line routing and project assessment. Most are based on a formalist conception of aesthetics and ignore the critical dimension of meaning. An a consequence, the analyses often are not reliable indicators of powerline acceptability in a given landscape. To improve the usefulness of these analyses, new methods are needed that reflect en. environment behavior understanding of environmental experience and evaluation.