Citizens of No Place / Jimenez Lai

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 Jimenez Lai 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

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Cite: Diego Hernandez. "Citizens of No Place / Jimenez Lai" 17 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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