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Please join us for a book launch and quasi-reading with Jimenez Lai to celebrate the publication of his new book Citizens of No Place. A manifesto, the book is an homage to other architects who drew, imagined, and told stories. Citizens of No Place was supported with a grant from the Graham Foundation and was published by Princeton Architectural Press. Lai is creating a customized limited edition of Citizens of No Place for the Graham Foundation, which will be available for purchase at the event. The talk will be followed by a book signing and reception in the Madlener House library.
Jimenez Lai is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and leader of Bureau Spectacular. He graduated with a master's degree in architecture from the University of Toronto. Previously, Lai lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for MOS, AVL, REX, and OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Toronto, Rotterdam, and New York. In the past years, Lai has built numerous installations and has been widely exhibited and published around the world. Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as part of the show Younger Than Jesus. In 2012, Lai was named a winner of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects.
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