Joeri De Bruyn et al

In Via Veritas. Route als Paradigma voor Ruimtelijk Ontwerp

An exceedingly boring subject, you might think, irreverently. How do you make an exciting book of that? But here we have a brilliant example of the subject of urbanization having life breathed into it. The book is about research into the importance of ‘the route’: the actual process of being ‘on the way’, of ‘going somewhere’. Cast in a clear, watery blue, the book looks rather like a dictionary in the making. Was the colour perhaps a little too prominent? It’s even inside the book, where it has also been used for the pages.

And yet taken as a whole it works, and indeed the clearly delineated structure makes for easy reading. The interaction between the various elements is cleverly done and very functional. The photography too is a success and well chosen, like the other illustrations and the cartography. No attempt is made to avoid breaking taboos to turn the subject into something exciting. The panel were quickly agreed: this is an intelligently made book that well deserves selection.

 

Edition: 2015
Language: English / Dutch, translated by Joy Maul-Philips
Publisher / commissioner: Public Space, Mechelen (BE)
Designer: Lodewijk Joye Studio, Antwerp (BE) with illustrations by Maat-ontwerpers (Maarten Van Acker)
Lithographer: Pixelbound, Bruges (BE) (Steven Croos)
Printer: Die Keure, Bruges (BE)
Binder: Die Keure, Bruges (BE)
Dimensions: 160 x 240 x 13
Amount of pages: 156 p.
Number of copies: 800 (E) / 800 (D)
Price: € 22
ISBN: 978 94 917 8906 9 (E) / 978 94 917 8905 2 (D)
Font and foundry: Goudy (Linotype), Bebas Neue (Dharma Type), Source Sans Pro (Adobe)
Binding style: sewn hardback
Material: 70gsm Olin Regular Absolute White (interior), 150gsm Olin Regular Absolute White (endpapers), Wibalin Natural 500 White, over grey board (binding)