On the Appearance of the World

A Future for Aesthetics in Architecture

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Mark Foster Gage

Our world, increasingly defined by efficient but unconsidered architecture and cities, seems to be getting uglier. In On the Appearance of the World, Mark Foster Gage asks why. He imagines a future scenario where architectural design and ideas from aesthetic philosophy align toward the production of a built world that is more humane, habitable, beautiful, and just.

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    Portions of the chapter “The Appearance of Aesthetics” were published in a different form in the Introduction to Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses across Art, Architecture, and Philosophy, ed. Mark Foster Gage, 1–23 (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2023).

    On the Appearance of the World: A Future for Aesthetics in Architecture by Mark Foster Gage is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.