The Knowlton School has published Source Books in Architecture No. 15: Johnston Marklee. The book includes in-depth conversations with Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee about their work, the development and origins of Johnston Marklee, and how creative practices adapt to the stresses of the discipline while continuing to grow new awareness.
As guest presenters for the Herbert Baumer Memorial Seminars in 2019, Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee engaged with students at the Knowlton School in conversations that ranged from developing a critical practice to idea formation during projects to the pragmatics of working in architecture today.
Documentation of their subject’s work is a central part of the source book series. Souce Book 15 includes Johnston Marklee’s Menil Drawing Institute, MCA Chicago, University of Illinois At Chicago Center For The Arts, Philadelphia Contemporary, and more. The book also includes the essays “Shape and Seriality” by Todd Gannon and “Home Values” by Ashley Bigham.
“It is critical to understand that this work is not just disciplinary output framed within the context of architecture and adjacent disciplines,” says series editor Ben Wilke, “but also an effort by a team to address conditions out in the world with—as Sharon Johnston says here—a sense of generosity.”
Source Books in Architecture is a product of the Herbert Baumer seminars, a series of interactions between students and seminal practitioners at the Knowlton School. Benjamin Wilke is the series editor and teaches design studios and seminars at the Knowlton School.
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