25 years STAB - Anniversary publication

This is an ongoing project during semesters 1 and 2 of 2020-2021 - more updates follow

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Foundation of Independent Court Experts in Environmental and Planning Law (Stichting Advisering Bestuursrechtspraak voor Milieu en Ruimtelijke Ordening, STAB), a publication is being developed.

This publication provides space for various perspectives on the work of STAB. From this need, a handshake was made to the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) from which a collaboration arose with students of the Master Photography & Society (MAPS) and students following the Design Office (DO) elective of the Bachelor Graphic Design.

Both groups of students have immersed themselves in the subject matter of STAB and are working in their own way on a contribution to the publication that will appear in the autumn of 2021.

About

STAB is an independent organization that operates within environmental law. STAB consists of a group of experts who impartially and objectively look at the facts and circumstances involved in a case and report to the court. STAB investigates cases in the area of the environment and spatial planning, for example the construction of a wind farm or freeway, nuisance from smells or noise, discharge of waste water, or effects of radiation. STAB is an independent foundation and can only be called upon by courts and the Council of State. Because private parties cannot engage them, STAB can guarantee its independent position.

Design Office is an elective course within the Bachelor Graphic Design. In Design Office, students work both as a team and individually with real clients. From briefing, design proposals, work visits, discussions, presentations to planning, budget and delivery, the students go through the entire process. The students gain experience in the field in preparation for professional practice after the academy.

The collaboration between STAB and DO is divided over two semesters. Within the two semesters they work within the overarching theme of "Out of Office", a nod to the current pandemic.

In semester 1, students began by creating a visual presentation in the area of environmental law. The goal was not to directly refute STAB visually, but rather to represent and translate the tension of the field of work in form and image. The 1st semester concluded with a digital presentation of the developed manifesto to STAB.

The students of the second semester have further developed this manifesto and are working together with STAB and towards the publication which also incorporates the work of the Master Photography and Society students.

A second collaboration between STAB and the KABK is with the students of the Master Photography & Society. These 11 critical photography professionals got to work with five case studies from STAB. As a thematic suggestion, they were given the concept of 'versus', freely translated; 'opposite' / 'against each other'. This is a clear reference to the field of work and the position of STAB. Students work towards image and text material that will also be incorporated in the publication and possible exhibition.

Guidance/supervision

Graphic Design students are guided by teachers Chantal Hendriksen and Nikki Gonnissen.
MAPS students are guided by teachers Rabiaa Benhlahbib and Oliver Chanarin.

Project details

Work

design concept, publication

Year

2020-2021

Programmes