Mark Foster Gage is an acclaimed architect, innovator and Assistant Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. His pioneering design work fuses advanced technologies with philosophical speculation and interdisciplinary collaboration, and has been featured in institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Venice Biennale, and the Beijing Biennale. His projects have been published in venues such as Vogue, Fast Company, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and on PBS, Fox and MTV.
He has designed architectural projects across a variety of typologies ranging from the new Live Arts Center at Bard College to the twenty-two story “Aurum” residential tower in Manhattan. His work also includes experimental advanced technology projects that explore new forms of interactivity, virtual reality, robotics, 3d printing, and spatial social media for clients such as Intel Corporation, Lady Gaga, Google, Diesel, H&M, Samsung, and Vice Media. Mr. Gage also oversees, as the Product Design Director for Nicola Formichetti’s “Nicopanda” fashion line, a new series of high-tech accessories ranging from iPhone cases to USB jewelry. Mr. Gage has received recognition in the form of nominations or awards from various institutions including the Architectural League of New York, the American Institute of Architects, The Chernikhov Foundation, The Ordoz Prize Foundation, and the USA Artists Fellows Program, and was named an “Avant Guardian of Architecture” by Surface Magazine.
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In Honor of Zaha Hadid: A Conversation with Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman and Deborah Berke, moderated by Mark Foster Gage.
Three senior, distinguished members of the Yale School of Architecture faculty, each of whom who had enjoyed strong, personal and long-lived histories with Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor Zaha Hadid, engage in a conversation about architecture and Professor Hadid, who died unexpectedly on 31 March 2016.
J. Irwin Miller Symposium, “Aesthetic Activism”
Professor Jacques Rancière in conversation with Assistant Dean Mark Foster Gage in which they investigate the relationship between architecture and aesthetics; consider the role architecture and architects in social and political processes; discover potential new ways architecture can be used to promote social equality; and evaluate the historic role of architecture in forming hierarchical political structures.
Jacques Rancière (Université Paris VII) in Conversation with Mark Foster Gage (Yale University)
Following Dean Mark Foster Gage’s introduction, this session of the J. Irwin Miller Symposium, “Aesthetic Activism” looks to clarify the developing relationship between nature and architecture; describes how land use in architecture is related to property valuation; speculates on ways in which architects can be more influential in large scale development; and explore the interrelationships between ecology and architecture at large scale.
Keller Easterling (Yale University),
Catherine Ingraham (Pratt Institute),
Timothy Morton (Rice University),
Discussion Moderator, Jonathan Massey (California College of the Arts)
Hernan Diaz Alonso introduces Mark Foster Gage, characterizing his work as a search for balance between past and future.
Gage read excerpts from his article “Project mayhem” in the June 8, 2011 issue of Fulcrum, which argues against the trend of justifying architectural work solely through use of novel technologies. He argues that design has lost value in our contemporary culture. He discusses his own work including competitions, residential projects, as well as installations.
Gage shows images of his office's work, including a New York apartment, a theoretical high rise for solar panel display, a wearable plant system, a competition for Taiwan Center for Disease Control, and an installation in Time Square.
Gage discusses his work on Nicola Formichetti's pop up store for fashion week in New York. He also presents his intensely collaborative process with celebrities such as Lady Gaga.
Hernan Diaz Alonso introduces Mark Gage by discussing the vital issue of the production and autonomy of form in relation to digital conditions. Diaz Alonso describes the capacity to think beyond process and methodology that enables the creation of visionary architecture.
Gage explains the dominant activities of architectural education are diagramming and programming, creating an attitude towards form that does not involve creating but rather assembling. Gage goes on to discuss that architecture has the tendency to use the computer to maximize efficiency. While empowering this is dangerous because it demands architecture to focus primarily on efficiency and optimization whereas he believes architecture’s role should go beyond that territory. Gage explains that the critique of process is not a new topic. Gage uses William Blake’s critique of Newton as an example of how scientific materialism can impede bigger issues of aesthetics and affect.
Gage goes on to explain his work in relation to the sublime, incorporating ideas of vastness. For the National Library of the Czech Republic competition Gage wanted to create the sense of vastness by incorporating various horizontal references such as unobstructed horizontal views that would showcase the horizon.
Hernan Diaz Alonso introduces Mark Foster Gage, characterizing his current installation and design studio at SCI-Arc as formalizations of the informal exchange that has long existed between SCI-Arc and Yale. He characterizes Gage as a designer and shaper of current critical discourse, with a unique awareness of history and pop culture.
Gage describes his strategy of aesthetic disruption of the real through para-fictions as a response to The Great Flattening – the removal of systems of hierarchy, flat equality, flattening of the media. He cites Jacques Rancière, “Black Mirror,” “Handmaid’s Tale,” Damien Hirst’s “Treasures from the Wreck of The Unbelievable,” and Hal Foster. Gage stresses that architects have been engaged with para-fiction and calibrations of perception from Vitruvius through Brunelleschi, August Choisy, Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand, and Viollet-le-Duc.
Gage discusses a number of projects, including the Helsinki Guggenheim Museum, the H&M Pavilion at Coachella, a vertical addition to a theater on 42nd Street, NYC, a 102-story residential tower for West 57th Street, NYC, a house on Ile-Rene Lavasseur, tower/residence in Ad Diriyah, the National Science & Innovation Centre of Lithuania, the “East River Valley” proposal to protect Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens by draining the East River, a single-family home in Calais, France, and the “Geothermal Futures Lab,” installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery (January-March, 2018).
Two of the world’s leading architects, Mark Foster Gage and Patrik Schumacher, discussed their sharply divergent views about built environment public policy April 21 at Rudder Theatre on the Texas A&M campus.
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