Rem Koolhaas

'A biennial is not an all-star team': Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee on 'Make New History'

'A biennial is not an all-star team': Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee on 'Make New History'

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, husband-and-wife architects and co-founders of the Los Angeles firm Johnston Marklee, are artistic directors of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, a dense and ambitious portrait of contemporary architecture featuring more than 140 projects by firms from around the world. During the biennial’s preview days last week, I caught up with Johnston and Lee to talk about their show, which they call “Make New History.” Though exhausted by a parade of panels and opening events, they gamely sat down inside the Chicago Cultural Center, the biennial’s central venue, to discuss the show’s origins and its major themes. What follows has been edited and...

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