Yona Friedman is a Hungarian-born French architect. Friedman built his personality on the wake of the post 1958 CIAM congress radical thought that in his case took the shape of Ville Spatiale, a three-dimensional architecture that grew over the pre-existent urban structures, by occupying the interstitial voids and spaces. This visionary position that Friedman initially shared with his colleagues belonging to the Geam Group (Groupe d’études de architecture mobile – Study group of mobile architecture), active between 1958 and 1962 and with which he began his research studies on mobile architecture, is a result of that cultural and utopic climate, known also as “the megastructure age”. The interest for the idea of a “mobile” society, that, by undergoing constant transformation, it is forced to frequent the lands of participatory planning was fully expressed in the construction of the David secondary school in Angers (1978/81), where he called for the participation of future students. The book that better represents the ethic and civil tension of his architectural thinking is Utopie realizzabili, the catalogue of the 1975 Parisian exhibition translated into Italian in 2003. In the book, Friedman appeals to the critical Geam Group’s theory in order to encourage an idea of democratically restructuring society, aimed at avoiding all kinds of elitarianism. Postcards (Venice), 2009 is the last work acquired in the MAXXI Architettura collection.
Yona Friedman, Cartoline postali (Venezia), 2009 (part.)