In Designing Social Equality, Mark Foster Gage proposes a dramatic realignment between aesthetic thought, politics, social equality, and the design of our physical world. By reconsidering historic concepts from aesthetic philosophy and weaving them with emerging intellectual positions from a variety of disciplines, he sets out to design a more encompassing social theory for how humanity perceives its very reality, and how it might begin to more justly define that reality through new ways of reconsidering the built environment.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Aesthetic Turn 2. The Politics of the Unknown 3. Aesthetic Distances Defined 4. From the Critical to the Speculative 5. Axiomatic Equality 6. Hierarchy and the Problem of the Privleged Observer 7. Race, Gender and the Politics of Omission 8. Philosophy and the Aesthetics of Social Engagement 9. The Equity of Equidistance 10. Strangely Equal 11. The Invitation of Curiosity 12. From Sustainability to Dark Ecology 13. Revising Practice and Pedagogy 14. The Death of Disciplinarity 15. Beyond Prattle Acknowledgements
Mark Foster Gage is an internationally recognized architect and theorist. He has written extensively on the relationship between aesthetic philosophy and design in both academic and popular publications and edited defining books on the subject, including: Essential Texts: Aesthetic Theory for Architecture and Design (2008) and Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses Across Art, Architecture and Philosophy (2019). Gage is the Principal of Mark Foster Gage Architects in New York City and Assistant Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, USA.