Item description for Yona Friedman: Pro Domo by Yona Friedman, Yoshiyuki Nishi, Richard W. Beatty, M.D. Gerson Weiss, Anna Kuzio & C. A. Rodger...
Yona Friedman presents a personal selection of half a century of his work. In 1958 Yona Friedman published his first manifesto on 'mobile architecture' and founded GEAM (Groupe d'Etude d'Architecture Mobile), which proposed different strategies and actions geared to the adaptation of architectural creation to modern user requirements concerning social and physical mobility. In this initial manifesto, Friedman points out that architectural knowledge cannot be the exclusive property of professionals and specialists, and suggests writing guides ('manuals'), which explain topics related to architecture and urban planning in clear and simple terms. Following some recent publications that have reasserted the importance of Friedman's work, Pro Domo is 'a collection of fragments of scattered topics', a set of 'milestones' selected by the author himself. In his words, these highlights are not meant as a testament nor do they, form a coherent whole.' Instead, they form a personal selection chosen according to their sentimental value and span fifty-year period of production dating from the foundation of GEAM. The book includes building structure studies, urban design theories, observations on regional development, as well as design manuals for self-construction and competition projects.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2006
ISBN 8496540510 ISBN13 9788496540514
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Semi Pro Domo Oct 6, 2007
Yona Friedman became familiar within architectural discourse in the mid-1950's when he began questioning bases of modernism. Since then, and still an innovator, he has been nothing if not prolific. Besides publishing texts on architecture and planning (or lack thereof) Friedman has published volumes of work for agencies such as UNESCO and the United Nations, many of them manuals in the form of comics or pictograms which explain techniques for survival to the world's poorest populations. Friedman's latest effort, published by Actar, compiles texts, comics, drawings, models, and even a 'self-interview' in a beautifully bound and printed package. Through reading Pro Domo, we come to understand, though not chronologically, the evolution of the thoughts of a truly innovative thinker.
While many architecture monologues attempt to promote new sets of rules or systems by which we (architects) ultimately want the casual user (non-architects) to unwittingly follow, Friedman insists that we should rather lay a framework within which the inhabitants can structure their surroundings however they like. Seemingly counterintuitive, or at least headstrong against the status quo, Friedman's ideas undoubtedly attracted and influenced groups such as Archigram and the Metabolists. His explorations in the realm of infrastructure and its potential are still relevant today, as is obvious while looking through his recent proposals for Paris and Shanghai, as well as by studying projects by contemporary architects such as MVRDV or even Steven Holl.
Pro Domo does not necessarily track Friedman's popularly recognized milestones, or a concise evolution of his ideology; rather, it is a compilation of projects, thoughts and moments filled with meaning and sentiment. Just as his Mobile Architecture and Spatial Cities were systems of constructions to be invented and manipulated by and around their inhabitants, this book is a construction based, too, on the personal desires of its creator, affording us the opportunity to act as fascinated spectator.