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Scholarship of Design
Highest and Best Use:
Subjectivity and Climates Off and After Earth
Fred Scharmen
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Using the concept of the Umwelt from biology, postcolonial interpretations of climate change, and Judith Butler’s gender and ability theory, this article argues that the creation of new environments is always the creation of a subject, maybe even a corporate, nonhuman one. Examples are drawn from the twentieth-century history of the design and occupation of human habitats in space, from Earthbound corporate architecture, and speculative urban design.

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