Sansavenir

Research, Editorial, Graphic Design

Sansavenir Cover Design

“Sansavenir. White Paper on Taranto” is a book about the critical environmental situation in Taranto, due to the pollution of the ILVA, a notable italian steel plant.

The initial challenge was to create a book made from the pictures taken by Pierangelo Laterza, a young photographer who was furnishing visual proof of the state of the city.

Taranto pictures by Pierangelo Laterza

Suddendly we realized that it was necessary to do something more than just presenting Pierangelo’s pictures; that is why my team and I started to design a white paper on Taranto, that is a global vision of the city conditions.

Sansavenir architecture, first sketches
Building a “navigation reference” in the early stages has been particulary helpful.
Sansavenir book index
Table of contents: context and introduction on the left, book chapters on the right.

We analyzed every single shot and we created six different sections, each one describing a different aspect of the case. The pictures have been altered, disposed and supported by other material in order to narrate different stories: the pollution in the area of Tamburi, the size of the factory, the contaminated food, et al.

Sansavenir Statte km5 introduction
One of the document from the introduction: Statte Km5, Sud, 1962

The introduction is composed by a number of different materials–mostly collected by the past–which announce more and more a increasingly critical situation.

Font size increment with basil.js javascript script
The voice of the book grows slightly increasing the font-size every new line.
Processing images distortion with Glitch Sort
Some pictures are distorded depending on pollution parameters.
Sansavenir borders section
First chapter: ILVA bounderies.
Sansavenir borders section
First chapter: ILVA bounderies.

The last section presents the pictures of the city centre as if they were postcards: distorted, misleading images which try to hide the suffering of Taranto.

Sansavenir book postcards section
Last chapter: postcards from Taranto.
Sansavenir book postcards section
Last chapter: postcards from Taranto.
Index Index