On this week’s episode, we’re joined by Fred Scharmen to discuss his recently released book Space Forces: A Critical History of Life in Outer Space, what it means to apply a more critical and anti-colonial lens to both the history and future of space exploration, and how humanity’s relationship with outer space has always spoken volumes about how we think about life on Earth.
Fred teaches architecture and urban design at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning. He is the co-founder of the Working Group on Adaptive Systems, an art and design consultancy based in Baltimore, Maryland. His work as a designer and researcher is about how we imagine new spaces for future worlds, and about who is invited into them. He received his master’s degree in Architecture from Yale University and his writing has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, Log, CLOG, Volume, and Domus. Fred’s architectural criticism has also appeared in the The Architect’s Newspaper, and in the local alt-weekly Baltimore City Paper.