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30 review for Citizens of No Place: An Architectural Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diana Ashkanani

    This is quite theoretical/academic. If you didn’t study architecture you probably won’t enjoy it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    This book is so good, innovative and beautiful and emotional. I've never read anything like it and i really enjoyed it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Corey Bertelsen

    The actual "stories" themselves are wonderful, witty, and synthesize wry social commentary with architectural theory and history. But the preface, the commentary at the beginning of chapters, and other "text blocks" - almost ruin this book for me. It will probably turn people off to what is otherwise a superb and thought-provoking read. It's as if the Architectural Graphic Novel itself wasn't enough to satisfy the academic gods, and Jimenez needed to present an offering of pompous archi-speak dia The actual "stories" themselves are wonderful, witty, and synthesize wry social commentary with architectural theory and history. But the preface, the commentary at the beginning of chapters, and other "text blocks" - almost ruin this book for me. It will probably turn people off to what is otherwise a superb and thought-provoking read. It's as if the Architectural Graphic Novel itself wasn't enough to satisfy the academic gods, and Jimenez needed to present an offering of pompous archi-speak diarrhea to "legitimize" his creation. Jimenez, we don't give a FUCK about your "calibrated superficiality." Let the comics do the talking - that's why we're here, and that's what you do well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bangquito

    I just realized, a graphic novel could be an alternative approach to tell how architecture works. In order to render spatial continuity, diagram/visual instrument are better option. If a book limited by (vocabulary) insight from the reader, picture gives precision look about discussed building. This decreasing misinterpreted model, but at the same time limiting imagination. ‘Citizen of no place’ aim to critic present architectural practice and it’s impact in satire and sience fiction combo. The I just realized, a graphic novel could be an alternative approach to tell how architecture works. In order to render spatial continuity, diagram/visual instrument are better option. If a book limited by (vocabulary) insight from the reader, picture gives precision look about discussed building. This decreasing misinterpreted model, but at the same time limiting imagination. ‘Citizen of no place’ aim to critic present architectural practice and it’s impact in satire and sience fiction combo. The problem it present questioning whether today architectural culture would bring us to brighter future or neo dark ages govern by land availability. It’s joke is perceivable by everyone, but wrapped with many inside term. Apparently, each punchline serves as bridge to general summarization. The artwork itself done in freehand, some looked like half finished product brought by sleep deprived student on tuesday morning. Many of it, for sake of serious atmosphere or explanation, being produced in CAD -which is impressive. This what amazed me, I never thought that (mostly) diagram method can be an instrument of storytelling rather than direct information or eyegasm decoration. Apparently, it still incoherent for public consumption, but i am here to be proven wrong. It is daunting in some way. Because it’s critics extend to certain extreme, and how it adept architectural style altogether. But it’s fun, honest. Oh, and there is also fight club reference in a bits.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    In the stacks, randomly pulling books of the shelves, I come across this black and white art-schoolish volume. Published by Princeton Architectural Press: I don't think I've read anything like this before that's not been self-published. Mixing blueprints with cartoons and infographics induces spatialised distress. Most of the speech bubbles feel displaced. The architectural theory seems overly forced onto the philosophical topography. I did enjoy the range of vectors and perspectives, especially In the stacks, randomly pulling books of the shelves, I come across this black and white art-schoolish volume. Published by Princeton Architectural Press: I don't think I've read anything like this before that's not been self-published. Mixing blueprints with cartoons and infographics induces spatialised distress. Most of the speech bubbles feel displaced. The architectural theory seems overly forced onto the philosophical topography. I did enjoy the range of vectors and perspectives, especially from the plans. If you're looking for something stylistically similar but with better superimposed layers, check out http://www.ipsumlorum.com/ by wt frick.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laughing Man

    I can say, this was definitely not my cup of tea, although it had its moments.

  7. 4 out of 5

    BriKie

    Nope. This is a highly academic and extremely odd graphic novel. Most average readers will find this unreadable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    Citizens of No Place is equal parts sci-fi, intellectual treatise and absurdist humor. The art is hit-or-miss. Sometimes it's beautifully original, sometimes amateurish. It won me over.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad

    as i plan for a similar project this piece is really inspiring for me...i just think at some part it really amazed my imagination. ..i just think that although it utilizes the art of graphic novel to convey the politics of architecture to anyone who is not specialized in the field, it is still a bit too obscure! it needed to engage more with everyday life more

  10. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "On Uniqueness: ...The unicorn, when viewed as the opposite of mass production, represents the romantic ideal that anomalies are possible. As the unicorn becomes popular to the masses because of its singularity, the demand for it becomes too great. The uniqueness of the unicorn dies as imitation increases..." -Jimenez Lai

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tom Gaetjens

    I gets the sense that I have never before read a book written by someone who thinks in a manner similar to Jimenez Lai and am unlikely to have the pleasure again. A unique voice to say the least, but I can only recommend to those who know about architecture. My own limited understanding made me feel as if I were missing the majority of the meat of this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    A collection of architectural stories and explorations by the incredibly talented Jimenez Lai. Jimenez is one of the most innovative and talented architectural thinkers working today. By creating fictional worlds, Jimenez explores architectural possibilities, producing novel and in some cases frightening scenarios. Important for any architect.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christel

    Just read this and it's amazeballs. Citizens of No Place is way more than an architectural graphic novel, contrary to its claims. It is a philosophical novel of self in context of space in terms of visualized/imagined future relevance as form and function. It is existentialist, and ultimately a love story. It combines surreal bits into a whole new system of architecture.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Jadaa

    Not sure what I just read. Not recommended for non architects. Not recommended for Non Engineers. Not recommended for readers that want to feel stupid. I need to wash my mind with mindless action now.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bryson

    Amazing stories and amazing illustrations. His transformation of architectural arguments into a graphic novel is impressive, but I'm not sure I would recommend it to someone not obsessed with architecture.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adan

    Just because you can make a comic about anything, doesn't mean you actually should. This wasn't a comic so much as a dissertation on archaeological forms and models with a thin layer of narrative thrown on top. There were two interesting stories in the middle, but overall this is a very hard pass.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Loved the proclomation "sometimes the only way to truly love architecture is to be inside it." Text could have been more integrated into the work. The repetative bubbles were very amateurist compared to the beauty and depth of the drawings. Looking forward to future works from Mr. Lai.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Surprisingly straightforward and thoughtful. Chapter 7: "Plan v Section" was particularly interesting; I plan to use it for something in the future.

  19. 5 out of 5

    DJ Dycus

    A really interesting graphic novel that uses architectural theories as its starting point of exploration. It's really unlike anything else that I've ever read before.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pete Collings

    Every town planner, urban designer, architect, or citizen on earth should read this...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Cool weird architecture comic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    David King

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cristian

  24. 4 out of 5

    Billy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ruth McConchie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lucía García

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  29. 5 out of 5

    James Lynch

  30. 5 out of 5

    yeung

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