Mark Foster Gage - The avant guardian of architecture
Friday, September 8, 2017
New York-based architect Mark Foster Gage is known for high-concept, freethinking designs that bring the beauty back to architecture.
Mark Foster Gage is a force for innovation in the world of modern architecture. Protégé of Robert A.M. Stern and former studio assistant to Frank Gehry, Gage is a practising architect, tenured professor at Yale School of Architect Street in Manhattan—Gage seeks to push the boundaries in architectural design. thure, TED conference speaker and author of numerous architectural essays and tomes. His projects range from the new Live Arts Building at Bard College, to an interactive virtual reality retail environment at the Coachella Music Festival, to an outfit for Lady Gaga. Whatever the scale—Gage is product design director of accessories for Nicola Formichetti’s Nicopanda fashion line, while at the same time developing a 102-storey Gothic skyscraper for West 57 Street in Manhattan—Gage seeks to push the boundaries in architectural design.
Mark Foster Gage
“Everything we do is innovative and customised,” Gage says of his architectural practice, founded in 2014. “We typically turn down cli- ents that know exactly what they want... Our strength is working with clients to not only meet their needs, but to do so in fresh, innovative ways—through producing not only unique things, but things that have never been done before. It’s a small market of people who want to go down this road and they tend to be very intelligent, curi- ous and very interested in architecture and the arts.”
In steering the course of the industry for future generations, Gage is invested in researching the use of physical interactivity, virtual re- ality, robotics, 3D printing, and spatial social media in architecture. It’s clear that, for Gage, architecture as a discipline has much more to o er society than simply functional, visually pleasing buildings. Not only will Gage publish a monograph on his design work next year, but two others—The Space of Social Equality and Aesthetic Activism—o er thoughtful insights into our relationships with our environments, our politics and one another.