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Friedman (Yona) Papers
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The Yona Friedman papers contain manuscripts, sketches and drawings, and 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 topics such as megastructures, prefabrication and modular construction, adaptability and participatory design.
Yona Friedman has spent his almost seventy-year career defying definition and categories. Architect, urbanist, filmmaker, sociologist, theoretician, philosopher, economist, mathematician, physicist, artist-Friedman is all, and yet not precisely any, of these, as the vocations are usually interpreted. The roles of architect and urbanist may weave the most consistent thread through his long history, but Friedman's work forces a re-evaluation of what it means to be either of these. Although he can claim only a handful of realized structures, Friedman cannot be dismissed as a mere utopian visionary. Seeded by experiences in the massive political and social upheaval of the mid-20th century-the Holocaust, life as a refugee in the aftermath of World War II, nation-building in Israel-Friedman's ideas on the built environment and its inhabitants have been key elements in the architectural and urban planning discourses of the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.
75.8 Linear Feet (161 boxes, 15 flatfiles, 5 boxed rolls)
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Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of restricted material in Box 142A.