This bilingual volume (English / Chinese) is a revised version of Friedman's Drawings & Models – 1945-2010: a monumental publication which offers a complete overview of the work of one of the greatest artists-architects and urbanist theoreticians today, in its many dimensions (urban, economic, ecological, cultural, social and political).
“This book presents a very large selection of my drawings, models and photographs. The material is not ordered in a strict chronology, nor does it follow the coherence of various topics.
I have been developing and redeveloping some of the work and ideas during 70 years. At least for me, they never lost their actuality. One of the objectives of this publication is to present the diversity of my interests. The documents come from the collection of my slides (about 3000) which I did use for my academic lectures.
I did not add the texts (except some short captions). They can be found in my books (about 35). Most of the original manuscripts are preserved in the collection of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.”
Yona Friedman (born 1923 in Budapest, lives and works in Paris) has since the middle of the 20th century been developing the concept of “mobile architecture” according to which housing and town planning should be conceived by their users and should integrate the unpredictability of future behaviour of the user.