A Place to Stay
Design Academy Eindhoven
This book presents the process and works by designers who were embedded in the former (penal) colony of Veenhuizen. Inspired by the unique cultural-historical, architectural reality of this soon to be UNESCO World Heritage Site, young designers, detainees, policymakers, and various other stakeholders joined forces. The project was an initiative of embedded design quartermasters KETTER&Co, was supervised by Design Academy Eindhoven.
Based on interviews and dialogues, design researcher Shay Raviv examines which are the conditions and tools that will foster a successful and long-term collaboration between designers and a local community.
Participants and stakeholders reflect on the project and the collaboration. Their insights are woven throughout the text in the form of quotes, lending the book various layers of interpretation.
In line with Veenhuizen’s philosophy of order and regularity, the structure of the book is principal. The orthogonal grid of the prison-village for instance, is reflected in the design. The book template is visible on every page in soft yellow and every element is rigidly positioned on the page. The vertical lines of the grid also refer to prison bars.