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D-Crit Lecture with Jimenez Lai, "Cartoonish Architecture"

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts,

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

New York, NY

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Jimenez Lai will speak about the alternate worlds depicted by his comics, physical installations, models, and small buildings. He'll discuss the nature of his visual narratives and the ways in which they are fed by themes and issues such as representation, history, taste, theory, and storytelling.

Jimenez Lai is the founder of the Chicago-based architecture firm Bureau Spectacular. Previously he worked for MOS, AVL, REX, and OMA/Rem Koolhaas in New York, Rotterdam, and Toronto. Lai has exhibited "Point Clouds" at Chicago's Extension Gallery and the exhibition "White Elephant" at Land of Tomorrow in Louisville KY. His monographic graphic novel / manifesto, Citizens of No Place, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press later this year with a grant from the Graham Foundation.

The Spring 2012 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures, to see our new department and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over a drink.

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SVA MFA Design Criticism,
136 West 21 Street
Second Floor
New York, NY 11201

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts,

SVA MFA Design Criticism Department

136 West 21 Street, Second Floor (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
Subway: F, V at 23rd Street; 1 at 23rd Street

The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Students study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. They learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. 

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today. 

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