Jap Sam Books
Jap Sam Books, headed by Eleonoor Jap Sam, is an award-winning, independent publishing house based in Prinsenbeek in the south of the Netherlands. Jap Sam Books publishes titles that explore developments in architecture, art, philosophy, design, photography and theory as well as the fields that touch them, such as urbanism, landscape, sociology and history. The publishing house was founded to reflect, connect and respond to developments in these fields, by bringing out a range of critical and reflective books for an international audience.
For Constant 1 0 1 Jap Sam Books publishes The Only Constant is Change, an autonomous publication by Jap Sam Books, that explores the significance of Constant in current art discourse.
Publisher Eleonoor Jap Sam studied Communication and Design, and Art and Architecture History. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach and cross-border thinking. The books published by Jap Sam Books are not only educational and inspirational, but also very beautifully designed, and all produced in close collaboration with all contributors.
New Babylon, that’s how Constant called his visionary design for a city of the future in the late 1950s. When Eleonoor Jap Sam visited the exhibition Constant – New Babylon at FKAWDW (now Kunstinstuut Melly), somewhere between November 1997 and January 1998 the project made such an indelible impression on her. Constant elaborated his proposal for a more humane living environment and future architecture in countless models, drawings, writings, manifestos and maps. To see them all together in one exhibition was truly overwhelming and inspiring. With New Babylon Constant was far ahead of his time. With his visions he inspired future generations of architects, artists, designers, thinkers and philosophers, such as Rem Koolhaas, Aldo van Eyck, Archigram, Virilio. And to this day, this project is a stimulating reference point for ongoing discussions about the use of space, public space, social life, and how we live and want to live in our world.