December 24, 2013

SPACE AGE THINKING: BUCKMINSTER FULLER

Spend the day with the "Benjamin Franklin of the Space Age", Buckminster Fuller. Fuller devoted his life to designing ways to improve life by inventing useful "artifacts" based on efficiency and technology. In the 1960s he proposed "World Game", a science-based approach to solving global problems. Spy Vibers will remember him as the father of the geodesic dome. 


From the official website: "R. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born in Milton, Massachusetts on July 12, 1895. Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his ideas as inventions that he called “artifacts.” Fuller did not limit himself to one field but worked as a 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist' to solve global problems surrounding housing, shelter, transportation, education, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty. Throughout the course of his life Fuller held 28 patents, authored 28 books, received 47 honorary degrees. And while his most well know artifact, the geodesic dome, has been produced over 300,000 times worldwide, Fuller's true impact on the world today can be found in his continued influence upon generations of designers, architects, scientists and artists working to create a more sustainable planet."


Learn more with this out-of-print documentary film, Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud (1996/Zeitgeist):



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1 comment:

  1. If you'll forgive the quasi-self promotion, several years back I wrote about my fond memories of a particular Fuller geodesic dome on my old blog:

    http://estoreal.blogspot.com/2007/08/tom-swift-and-his-geodesic-dome.html

    A little over a year ago, there was a podcast discussing the history and current status of the same dome, well worth a listen though I'd quibble on a couple of minor points:

    http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-64-derelict-dome/

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