The title of this exhibition pays tribute to his major work L’Architecture mobile (Mobile Architecture, 1958), in which Friedman develops his Spatial-City ideas. He imagines modular living spaces that evolve in function of needs that change over time. Since “human society cannot be planned”, Friedman recommends just allowing its occupants the freedom of changing their habitat. Raised constructions play in favour of urban agriculture and account for demographic evolutions as well as limited resources. These ideas were embodied in a multitude of models and unique drawings, which reveal a creative process based on savings, recycling and improvisation.
“At the present time we build too much. Earth is over built, earth is over planned, earth is over farmed. This does not mean that we don’t need architects, planners and farmers but we have to change rules.” Yona Friedman