Fred Scharmen teaches architecture and urban design at Morgan State University's School of Architecture and Planning. His work as a designer and researcher focuses on how architects imagine new spaces for speculative future worlds and who is invited into those worlds. Recent projects, with the Working Group on Adaptive Systems, include a mile-and-a-half long scale model of the solar system in downtown Baltimore (in collaboration with nine artists), and a pillow fort for the Baltimore Museum of Art based on Gottfried Semper's Four Elements of Architecture.
Transcending Gravity: The View from Postcolonial Dhaka to Colonies in Space
Reviewing Fred Scharmen’s “Space Settlements,” historian of technology Asif Siddiqi describes how modernist architects have engaged with utopias in space....