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No Man’s Land

Di Paolo Edizioni – Limited edition of 1000 books.

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“No Man’s Land” is an artist’s book by Yona Friedman, printed in limited edition of 1000.
The volume gathers images from several projects conceived by him with Jean-Baptiste Decavèle including “La Montage De Venise” in Venice, “No Man’s City” in Alghero and “No Man’s Land”  in Loreto Aprutino along with texts and drawings. The 121 pages are a flow of photos of the structures and of their realization done with students from different Universities and Academies and moments captured from the flash-mobs improvised by Friedman himself teaching children, students and anyone curious about the basics of people’s architecture. Mobile structures representing the concepts of autonomy, sustainability, adaptability, self-organization, self-planning.
Yona Friedman’s work and thinking is processual, working in fact on the basis of a trajectory in continuous growth and evolution, comprising the experience and contribution of every single person taking part in the process. This empirical approach can lead to a personal and collective transformation subjected to an infinite number of unpredictable variables: people, context and cultural environment together with imagination are factors that characterize each project as unique and unrepeatable.
This book is the first publication of No Man’s Land Foundation. Yona Friedman is the philosophical reference of the Foundation, of which he is Honorary President.
No Man’s Land Foundation is a model for social and ethical change aiming to cancel the idea of property, a project repeatable in any place in the world. No Man’s Land is a gift that art offers to all. Following Friedman’s philosophy the ones participating to the projects enrich an open dialogue through artistic interactions and interventions sharing ideas, needs and thoughts.