Yona Friedman (Budapest, Hungary, 1923. Lives and works in Paris). His work has spanned areas ranging from architecture, art and animated film to education and writing. His highly visionary ideas have nurtured various generations of architects and urbanists, influencing groups such as Archigram and even Kenzo Tange. He created urban concepts such as the Spatial City, based on the free organisation of a city by citizens using low-cost mobile and reusable modules. According to Yona Friedman himself, his work consists in "seeing the world not only as an entity that is describable by statistical methods but as a world comprised of individual entities that I have called granules of space. Entities of unforeseeable behaviour", through which it is possible to create a mobile architecture and an emancipated society.
This exhibition, designed by Friedman for the Showcase Project, emphasizes his reflection on the advantages of realizing the idea of a European metropolis, the "biggest non-city in the world". The groundwork for the creation of this metropolis, consisting of a network of big cities connected to each other by systems of fast trains, already exists. All that is necessary for this to be put into practice is a political will to subsidize affordable fares. This network would give rise to increased mobility among citizens, the social fabric would be restructured and new strategies in the labour market and cultural life would be embraced. This project would enable alternative approaches to the economic, social, cultural, political and administrative problems that the recent financial crises have brought to light.
This showcase has been produced as an extension of the monograph Architecture with the people, by the people, for the People. Yona Friedman from the Collection AA MUSAC, published by MUSAC / ActarBirkhäuser, with writings by Kenneth Frampton, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Manuel Orazi, Yona Friedman and María Inés Rodríguez.