'An Architectural Graphic Novel,' Jimenez Lai's first book showcases the architect's visual, narrative and imaginative flair for creating "absurd stories about fake realities that invite enticing possibilities." Expanding the borders of how architecture is represented, and exploding architectural speculation and theory into outer space and back, the book weaves Lai's writing and experimental installations amongst his extensive comic storyboards, in an investigation of architectural imagination.
Lai's work frequently takes the form of speculative architectural propositions in comic book form, that gain resolution in real world installations and built projects - from rotating floor plates for zero gravity to performative parametricism. Citizens of No Place catalogues Lai's ongoing investigations, in a collision of paper architecture and the graphic novel.
Chaired by FAT and Strange Harvest's Sam Jacob, and hosted in Bureau Spectacular/Jimenez Lai's Three Little Worlds installation at The Architecture Foundation.