Citizens of No Place is a collection of short stories on architecture and urbanism, graphically represented using manga-style storyboards. Fiction is used as a strategy to unpack thoughts about architecture. Modeled as a proto-manifesto, it is a candid chronicle of a highly critical thought process in the tradition of paper architecture (especially that of architect John Hejduk and Bernard Tschumi's Manhattan Transcript). The short stories explore many architectural problems through the unique language of thegraphic novel, helping usher the next generation of architectural theory and criticism.
Jimenez Lai graduated with a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto. He is currently an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and the leader of Bureau Spectacular, the office that realizes the ideas explored in his graphic short stories. Previously, Lai has lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin, AZ, and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Lai's work has been exhibited in many cities worldwide, and his short stories / drawings have been published in various esteemed journals.