Yona Friedman was born in 1923 in Budapest, Hungary. He lives and works in Paris.
Yona Friedman was trained as an architect and rose to prominence with his manifesto L’architecture Mobile and his idea for a different approach to urban growth with the Ville spatiale from 1956. In embracing the unpredictability of human behavior, he has always sought to provide people with the knowledge and structures to determine their own environment for living and to enhance their independence and self reliance, also in difficult situations like shanty towns.Friedman’s ideas led him beyond architecture. His sphere of engagement broadened to include sociology, economics, mathematics, information science, planning, visual art and film-making. Friedman’s work consists mainly of proposals set out in drawings and models, and ideas and theories formulated and illustrated in publications, speeches and films. Friedman also gained recognition for his several artist books.