Yona Friedman

Friedman – Drawing Matter

Yona Friedman (*1923), Ville Spatiale concept model: hoop wire structural study, 1958 – 1959. Wire, 180 × 600 × 600 mm.

The ‘spatial city’, or rather its infrastructure, is the support for a great number of heterogeneous messages. The spatial city, in a way, is the ‘blank sheet of paper’ on which a work is drawn. And it is precisely this nature of the blank sheet of paper that allows nearly every composition in space, heterogenous or regular ones.
In drawings of the ‘spatial city’ the models are composed at random. Without insisting on details such as facades, disposition of furniture, or particular forms of the volumes enclosed in the infrastructure. I left these details to the inhabitants. The ‘spatial city’ is not a ‘frozen form’ but it is rather, in my drawings and models, an ‘instant’ image which arises out of a long and indefinite process. Only an instant later, this instant image would already be different. 

–Yona Friedman in Pro Domo, 1997 and undated.

Friedman – Drawing Matter

Yona Friedman (*1923), Ville Spatiale concept model: wooden structural study, 1958. Wood, 200 × 510 × 260 mm.

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For more on Yona Friedman's Space Chain Structures; and on indefinite architectures, subject to continual changes, those of Constant's New Babylon and Cedric Price's Parc de la Villette.