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Yona Friedman studied at the Technical University in Budapest, before continuing his training from 1945 to 1948 at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, where he worked as an architect until 1957. In 1953-54, he met Konrad Wachsmann, whose studies on prefabrication techniques and three-dimensional structures had a considerable influence on him.
In 1954, together with some inhabitants of Haifa, Friedman embarked upon an initial experiment involving housing designed by the occupant, but this project never reached completion. In 1956, at the 10th International Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM) in Dubrovnik, modernism was called into question by his universalist approach and his belief in progress. At the Congress, when people were taking “mobile architecture “to mean the mobility of the dwelling” the “mobile home“ for example” Friedman exhibited for the first time the principles of an architecture encompassing the on-going changes required to provide “social mobility”, based on dwellings and town-planning provisions that could be composed and re-composed, depending on the intentions of the occupants and residents. The Dubrovnik debate gave rise to several think-tanks within the International Congresses, as well as beyond them.
Thus it was that in December 1958, Friedman founded the Mobile Architecture Study Group (MASG) which, up until 1962, would focus on the adaptation of architecture to the changes occurring in modern life. He was joined by Kühne, Otto, Ruhnau, Hansen, Frieden and, after 1960, Schulze-Fielitz and Maymont.
Yona Friedman’s work spans urban models, theoretical texts and animated films. He has participated in several biennial art exhibitions, including Shanghai, Venice and Documenta. His visionary, ground-breaking ideas have been at the forefront for several generations of architects and urban planners, and have clearly influenced the likes of Arata Isozaki or Bernard Tschumi. In 1956, he published his “Manifeste de l’architecture Mobile,” which set an urban structure on piles suitable for areas where building had not been not possible. This text was in turn used as the founding document of the Groupe d’étude d’architecture mobile (GEAM). He developed urban concepts such as La ville spatiale-the Spatial City where dwellings are freely distributed by the citizens thanks to low-cost, reusable mobile models.

Yona Friedman - No Man’s Land

Di Paolo; Limited Edition, 2018

ISBN 978-8897676140

Tetti, Yona Friedman

Quodlibet, 2017

ISBN 978-8822900333

Città immaginarie-villes imaginaires-imaginary cities

Quodlibet, 2016

ISBN 978-8874628278

Utopie Realizzabili

Quodlibet, 2016

ISBN 978-8874628957

Comment vivre avec les autres sans être chef et sans être esclave?

L'Eclat Editions, 2016

ISBN 978-2841623853

L'humain expliqué aux extra-terrestres

L'Eclat Editions, 2016

ISBN 978-2841623983

Slide Shows (1) Politics

Blurb, Incorporated, 2014

ISBN 978-1320133609

Alternatives énergétiques: Plaidoyer pour une autosuffisance locale

Dangles, 2011

ISBN 978-2703308713

Yona Friedman. Drawings & Models 1945- 2010

Les Presse Du Reel, 2010

ISBN 978-2840664062

Le petit bestiaire

ENSBA, 2009

ISBN 978-2840563051

Manuels. Volume III

ENSBA, 2009

ISBN 978-2840562795

Manuels. Volume II

CNEAI, 2008

ISBN 978-2912483539

Manuels. Volume I

CNEAI, 2008

Yona Friedman. Pro Domo

Actar; 1., Aufl. edizione, 2008

ISBN 978-8496540514

Vous avez un chien: c’est lui qui vous a choisi(e)

ECLAT, 2004

ISBN 978-2841620852

The trompe- l’oeil universe

CCA Kitakyushu, 2002

ISBN 978-4901387606