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Human instinct chooses the shortest route to get from A to B. Urban designers and planners often decide differently. But why? In this book, the photographer Jan-Dirk van der Burg addressed the question as to why these paths of civil disobedience still abound in the Netherlands today.
The English term ‘desire line’ perhaps expresses it best: it is the route people long for. They are worn monuments of silent revolt, evidence of civil disobedience vis-à-vis the official route. A desire line is created due to mass resistance to the prescribed walking route. It requires a colossal quantity of footsteps in order to so erode the ground that the grass admits defeat. The book ‘Olifantenpaadjes’ (‘olifantenpad’, literally ‘elephants’ path’, is the Dutch term for a desire line) is an optimistic indictment of the innocent abuse of the landscape.
Design by Erik Kessels, foreword by Maarten Hart.
Published by Robstolk
23 cm x 20 cm