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Yona Friedman

Born, 1923 in Budapest, Hungary

From the archived Documenta 11 website : www.documenta12.de//archiv/d11/data/english/index.html

“Mobility, affordable materials, flexibility, and variability for the individual user are characteristics of Yona Friedman’s architecture. While his radical designs and prolific writing have made him famous, he is primarily regarded as a theorist since most of his projects remain in the utopian realm. As an architect, he prescribes a varied spectrum of possible building shapes, but the concrete results of the design depend upon the inhabitants and their needs. This open architectural principle is the basis for his manifesto L’Architecture Mobile (written 1956, expanded 1960). To spread his teachings, Friedman wrote manuals that are easy to understand and that use sketches and text to deal with issues of architecture and city planning. At the beginning of the 1980s, Friedman founded the Communication Center of Scientific Knowledge for Self-Reliance, with the goal of helping people in disadvantaged areas to independently fulfil their own basic needs.”

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