Yona Friedman

Ville Spatial project spanning across the horizon, with Yona Friedman and dog
Yona Friedmans House, by Michel Mallard Studio, 2011

Hans Ulrich Obrist: Who are the philosophers and thinkers who gave you ideas? Was Foucault an inspiration for you? Or Deleuze?
Yona Friedman: I have had one very important intellectual guide: my dog. A dog spends its whole life improvising. Improvising in every situation. 

With the following statement opens Yona Friedman his latest publication: Architecture with the People, by the People, for the People, 2011:
< I chose this title as it paraphrases Lincoln's definition of democrazy, a definition that is just but seldom implemented. If I had to qualify my approach to architecture, I see it as “democratic” in the sense of Lincoln’s interpretation. Architecture has to be conceived with the people, materialised as much as possible by the people. The term “for the people” is evident. This does not mean that the architect has no role in the process: he can provide ideas, techniques, new aesthetics – which will get validated only with the people, by the people, for the people. By the way, architects are also people…belong to the people. > Yona Friedman.