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Fred Scharmen _ ‘Climates & Subjectivity



Stanford Torus, Rick Guidice, 1975.


Fred Scharmen teaches architecture and urban design at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning. Scharmen has previously taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Maryland, and Catholic University. His work as a designer and researcher is about how architects imagine new spaces for new speculative future worlds, and about who is invited into those worlds. He is currently finishing his first book, Space Settlements—on NASA’s 1970s proposal to construct large cities in space for millions of people—due out in late 2018 from Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. His most recently completed projects, with the Working Group on Adaptive Systems, include a mile-and-a-half long scale model of the solar system in downtown Baltimore, collaborating with a different artist for each of the nine planets, and a pillow fort for the Baltimore Museum of Art, based on the tectonic systems of Gottfried Semper. His writing has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, Log, CLOG, Volume, and Domus. His architectural criticism has appeared in the Architects Newspaper, and in the local alt-weekly Baltimore City Paper.


Selfie taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly with Space Station-Grown Lettuce



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