august, 2019

23aug6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSpace SettlementsArchitecture and Design from the 1970s in High Orbit

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Event Details

Join us Friday, August 23rd, for a detailed look into the speculative architecture of human habitats in space with local author Fred Scharmen! Copies of Fred’s new book, Space Settlements, will be available for purchase at a special, event-only discount.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the summer of 1975, NASA brought together a team of physicists, engineers, and space scientists—along with architects, urban planners, and artists—to design large-scale space habitats for millions of people. This Summer Study was led by Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill, whose work on this topic had previously been funded by countercultural icon Stewart Brand’s Point Foundation. Two painters, the artist and architect Rick Guidice and the planetary science illustrator Don Davis, created renderings for the project that would be widely circulated over the next years and decades and even included in testimony before a Congressional subcommittee. A product of its time, this work is nevertheless relevant to contemporary modes of thinking about architecture. Space Settlements examines these plans for life in space as serious architectural and spatial proposals.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Time

(Friday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Co_Lab Books

2209 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore 21218

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