For us cities are about the people, not bricks or policies.

Future Cities - Jap Sam Books

For their longterm project Future Cities, photographer Yvonne Brandwijk and journalist Stephanie Bakker travelled to five of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Not to Mumbai or Shanghai, but to the up-and-coming cultural, creative and economic hubs of tomorrow: Kinshasa, Lima, Yangon, Medellín and Addis Ababa. In this book they share five years of travel, insights on urban development and encounters with trend-setters, pioneers and up-and-coming talent transforming the fortunes of their cities. The personal stories of these people open an intimate window onto the world behind the statistics of urbanization and growth and provide insights into what it takes to develop inclusive cities that offer space for unique individuals and personal growth.

K&H first collaborated with Future Cities in 2019, when we developed a campaign style and spatial design for a pop-up exhibition at the Amsterdam Central public library OBA. This exhibition was part of ‘We make the City’ a festival organized by Pakhuis de Zwijger. Later on, we were part of transforming the project into a 248 page book, which was published in March 2022 by Jap Sam Books.

Future Cities
Stories behind the statistics of urbanization and growth

Exhibition design and campaign (2019)
Book design (2022)

Client exhibition: Future Cities (Stephanie Bakker & Yvonne Brandwijk), Pakhuis de Zwijger

Client Book: Future Cities, Jap Sam Books

Visual concept, spatial and graphic design: Kummer & Herrman

Publisher: Jap Sam Books

Printer: NPN Breda