Soft Sites, Four Case Studies on the Middle Branch :: at the Intersections of Industry, Infrastructure and Commerce
Brown Bag Luncheon with Fred Scharmen
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 :: Noon – 1:00 PM
The Baltimore Architecture Foundation
@ the offices of SMG Architects
1016 Morton Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Please join us this Wednesday, April 6th as Fred Scharmen discusses Baltimore’s Middle Branch. We’ve all driven over it on 95 as we approach the Harbor Tunnel – now come and learn just what’s down there!
The Middle Branch is an area that is vast, complex and integral to the city’s history, yet it resides both geographically and conceptually at its fringes. It is an area that most Baltimore residents do not know by name and have never visited even though it has long existed at the confluence of various interlocking urban development plans. Please join us as Fred discusses the histories of four sites in the Middle Branch Basin: Swann Park, Reed Bird Island, Port Covington and Masonville Cove, all located at the intersections of industry, infrastructure and commerce. These sites could all be seen as castoffs, the residue of larger projects built around them. Closer examination reveals a more complicated reality – these sites are in fact mirrors of their surroundings, visible evidence of the shifting political, economic, environmental and cultural interests that compete to determine the creation of new space and development.