Citizens of No Place / Jimenez Lai

  • 17 Jul 2012
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Architecture has become an increasingly interdisciplinary profession, and the language with which architects envision and articulate their ideas has radically diversified in recent years. Architect has pioneered an unexpected and wholly unique approach that moves beyond contemporary architectural renderings and models. Citizens of No Place is a groundbreaking graphic novel on architecture and urbanism.

Inspired by the theoretical drawings of paper architects, Lai uses manga-style storyboards to explore the role of fantasy and storytelling in architecture, and in the process ushers in the next generation of theory and criticism. A key reference for representational techniques, Citizens of No Place showcases provocative design examples for architecture studio courses at all levels.

007 Preface
oo8 Introduction by John McMorrough
011 Conversations With A Developer
021 Noah’s Ark in Space

037 Point Clouds
049 Babel
063 The Obsession Accelerator

077 Drifting Cities of a Past
089 Plan V Section
103 On Types of Seductive Robustness

119 Primitives
131 The Future Archaeologist
143 Acknowledgment

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN 9781616890629
Dimensions: 7.5 x 10 inches (19.1 x 25.4 cm)
Paperback: 144 pages, 105 b/w illustrations
Rights: World
Language: English

 

Cite: Hernandez, Diego. "Citizens of No Place / Jimenez Lai" 17 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=253563>

10 comments

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    Because they need all the PR they can get. Without having built any tangible architecture, Jiminez has nothing but a graphic novel and the same prototype room built multipled times.

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    “Architect Jimenez Lai has pioneered an unexpected and wholly unique approach that moves beyond contemporary architectural renderings and models.” So he has pioneered putting pen to paper? Genius. Same time next week?

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    “Architect Jimenez Lai has pioneered an unexpected and wholly unique approach that moves beyond contemporary architectural renderings and models.” So he has pioneered putting pen to paper? Genius! Same time nextweek?

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      Personally, I got a lot more from reading BIG’s book or pretty much anything from Moebius.

      Unfortunately, this has a certain “cheap manga” feel that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

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        Who (or what) is Moebius? Is it a book, or are they a firm whose stuff you look at?

        FWIW I think S,M,L,XL is a good architectural graphic novel. I’ve ordered the Jimenez Lai book and am looking forward to checking it out.

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        Moebius (Jean Giraud) is a sci-fi comic book artist from the 80s whose art seems to have influenced Lai.

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