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A history of references

The attitudes to history evident in the work of specific architects, historical and contemporary, form our focus here. We want to look back, but with a mind to the present and future, to understand how history has been used today and in history. Referencing, quoting, copying, stealing, rejecting—these are all ways of dealing with what came before us, and we’re interested in how architects take a position in relation to the past in order to produce work that’s relevant for their time.

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Where the Building Is Now

Mark Lee interviewed by Jayne Kelley

In September 2016, Mark Lee visited the CCA to view drawings from John Hejduk’s Victims project and publicly reflect on the project in the context of his practice, Johnston Marklee. Lee and Sharon Johnston had recently been selected as curators of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, “Make New History”—though we didn’t know this yet. Still, in the spirit of looking back, we interviewed Lee about how Johnston Marklee works with history, both as a reference and in the firm’s current projects that directly engage existing architecture, including the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston and interventions in postmodern museums of contemporary art in Chicago and Los Angeles.

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Where the Building Is Now: Mark Lee interviewed by Jayne Kelley
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The interview was recorded as part of a podcast series—“What Are You Doing at the CCA?”—that hasn’t gotten off the ground (yet). You can also watch Lee’s lecture on Victims on YouTube.

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