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Editors Joeri De Bruyn and Maarten Van Acker have assembled a book that appeals to the collective memory of a city, and also results from it. By its title and subtitles, the book's content and intentions are well indicated. It tells about the history of the Antwerp Ring, but apart from the sheer architectural point of view (outlined chronologically with many detailled plans) it also tells a human story. Special attention goes out to how Antwerp citizens have experienced the Ring space throughout history, and how they still do. Everything is illustrated with old and new photo material. With its stylish yet heart-felt content, 'Groene Singel' (also the name of a green space project in the middle of the ring road) shows a both scientific and anecdotic approach to its subject.
The book is historical, but is more relevant than ever, moreover because the city of Antwerp does not stop making new plans for this space.