Jap Sam Books and Constant
New Babylon, that is how Constant called his visionary design for a city of the future in the late 1950’s. 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 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 and 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.