Through a chronological and thematic path, visitors are invited to appropriate the tools of Friedman’s lively, changeable and organic architecture. The many architectural, social and educational proposals of Yona Friedman undoubtedly find applications in our society. This exhibition also features two irregular structures realized in scale 1 , offering visitors to participate in the installation.
“Yona Friedman Architecture mobile = Architecture vivante”
May 11 – November 6, 2016
Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine
Palais de Chaillot
1 place du Trocadéro
75116 Paris, France
Between past, present and a possible future, the exhibition reveals its own universe, full of universal myths, folk art and many models illustrating the proposals. Alongside his modelmaking, Friedman never stopped inventing fun and universal languages to engage the local people into taking ownership of their environment. His drawings, slidesshows and numerous publications state with realism and optimism the current impasses such as poverty, debt and global warming to think of an architecture that adapts better to modern life, offering achievable prospects to the public. Yona Friedman is recognized as one of the great theorists of the postwar utopia.
ABOUT YONA FRIEDMAN
Yona Friedman was born in Budapest in 1923, he studied architecture in Hungary and Israel, where he began his career, until moving to Paris in 1957. His vision of architecture, urban planning, art and society is totally visionary and anticipates most of the changes the world is going through.
Between creative utopia and reality, he advocates for autonomy, the development of the individual and the quality of social relations. These human values are reflected in the field of architecture by self-planning, mobility, project economy and reversibility.
In the 1950s, he theorized and disseminated the concept of “mobile architecture” thought for the inhabitants. His “Spatial City”, a suspended, removable structure that can be transformed by its occupants is one of his many proposals.
The Spatial City is primarily a social project and the expression of an ideal infrastructure for humane urban planning. It is a new vision of the city that Yona Friedman built intuitively first from imaginary cities. Secondly, he confronted his visionary drawings to reality and developed the “housing bridge”, and “legged structure.” His spatial structures are thus empty tetrahedral frameworks, which are supported over uninhabited areas, such as railway stations like Bercy Saint-Lazare, the Seine, the Sahara, Tunis, Venice…
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
This exhibition presents the deposit of Friedman funds in the National Centre for Visual Arts at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. The exhibition enjoys the patronage of B. Gallery, Altuglas International partnership and the support of the company members of the City Club. Along with the exhibition, a free, 25-page booklet will also be available for visitors: ” Yona Friedman. Architecture mobile = Architecture vivante, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, 2016″