Join us for a workshop led by the team from Cneai= Paris, based around the theories and manifestos of Yona Friedman. Visitors young and old will join forces to assemble hula hoops and build an iconostasis, an open and mobile structure to display artworks. Originally theorized in Friedman’s first manifesto, Mobile Architecture (L’Architecture Mobile), the concept of architecture without buildings has been a central element of his work since 1948.
Saturday’s workshop will follow the lecture Yona Friedman’s Lexicon on Friday, June 21. Kenneth Frampton will discuss his work with Friedman, and will also delve into Friedman’s pictograms, an ideographic writing system composed of small, simple drawings to evoke meaning regardless of language. At the Saturday workshop, participants will be invited to use the pictograms and create new sentences to be hung on the iconostasis.
Open to all audiences, ages 2 and up!
This event is organized in partnership with Cneai= Paris with the support of Sylvie Boulanger and Victorine Grataloup.
Led by: Cneai= Paris
Yona Friedman (born 1923) is a Hungarian-born French architect. Starting in 1958 with his manifesto Mobile Architecture (L’ Architecture Mobile), he has formulated and championed the idea that the inhabitant should be the sole conceptor of his own living premises. His theories influenced avant-garde groups like the Japanese Metabolists, Archigram, and many more. Friedman’s drawings and models are part of the permanent collections of the MoMA in NYC, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the MAXXI in Rome and the Getty Institute in Los Angeles which holds his original archives. He has taught at MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, UCLA, Berkeley, and other institutions. Friedman also works for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), through which he publishes reports such as No Cost Housing and Survival Techniques (1977). In the early 1980s, he founded the Communication Centre of Scientific Knowledge for Self-Reliance, which is part of the United Nations University in Paris. At the age of 96, he continues to create, inspire and teach a new generation of researchers and architects.
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