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Preliminary Inventory of the Yona Friedman Papers, 1956-2006
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The Yona Friedman papers contain manuscripts, sketches and drawings, photographs and slides documenting the broad intellectual activity of this visionary architect and planner. In his primary role as a theoretician, Friedman was a key participant in many of the defining architectural discussions of the second half of the twentieth century, including megastructures, prefabrication and modular design, adaptability and participatory design.
Hungarian-French architect and theoretician Yona Friedman (b. 1923) rose to prominence within the world of architecture in the 1960s, primarily as a result of his manifesto L'Architecture Mobile and his idea for La Ville Spatiale. Friedman's writings about mobile architecture, superstructures, and self-reliance have continued to be extremely influential and his visualizations of have recently found a new audience in the contemporary art world.
55.7 linear feet (93 boxes, 7 flatfiles, 3 boxed rolls)
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Series I-V are open for use by qualified researchers. The remaining series will be opened for use as processing is completed.