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Feasible Utopias

Who said utopias are never realized?

Cover.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

Cover.

Advocating for a simple and pragmatic approach, Yona Friedman’s “manuals” are an invitation to consider the most fundamental questions on life in society.

Complete cover.
Yona Friedman, Manuals

Complete cover.

These manuals are tools. They are published to make utopias feasible: the non-paternalistic society, the spatial city, the urban village, survival architecture, mobile architecture… (these utopias are often realized by themselves). […] These manuels do not offer any solution. The solution must be invented by the reader, they awaken the capacity to think and act oneself. If one stops delegating one’s power to the architect, to the institution, to the expert, if one dares use his natural skills (thought, language, drawing…), man can develop a non-paternalistic society, a society where those who decide are those who live with the consequences of their decisions.

Subjects.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

Subjects.

Displaying his ideas in the form of short sentences and drawings (”bandes dessinées”), Friedman wanted to communicate in the simplest and most accessible way possible. His goal: find a commonplace which would allow both the specialist and the man on the street to understand each other.

Selling gadgets to poor people.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

Selling gadgets to poor people.

Caring about broadcasting ideas and educating people, Friedman choses the most affordable means.

Then comes the question of diffusing these manuals. These drawings could also be in audiovisual format, but that would require expensive equipment. There is another medium: wall posters. It is the cheapest technique.

Selling gadgets to poor people.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

Selling gadgets to poor people.

The city also belongs to the child.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

The city also belongs to the child.

The city also belongs to the child.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

The city also belongs to the child.

Children are born utopians

it is strange to discover

that poor neighbourhoods in poor countries

are often nearer to children’s utopia

than affluent neighbourhoods in rich countries.

Children are born utopians.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

Children are born utopians.

Children are born utopians.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

Children are born utopians.

Children’s utopia is not an expensive one, but it is incompatible with war.

Play and Work.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

Play and Work.

Earth, precious ship.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

Earth, precious ship.

Our boat.
Yona Friedman, Manuals, vol. 1

Our boat.