The Life of RICHARD BUCKMINSTER FULLER
Design visionary Buckminster Fuller dreamed of creating ideal living environments for all humankind. He developed unusual cars and bathrooms, as well as the famous geodesic dome, a globe-shaped dwelling. Later in his career, he envisioned entire cities enclosed in protective domes, underwater communities, and towns that floated in space.
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A Portrait of Buckminster Fuller
Buckminster Fuller in the 1970s. From the Everett Collection, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo.
The Geodesic Dome
Fuller filed a patent for his iconic Geodesic Dome on December 12, 1951:
A good index to the performance of any building frame is the structural weight required to shelter a square foot of fioor from the weather. My three-way grid of structural members results in substantially uniform stressing of all members, and the framework itself acts almost as a membrane in absorbing and distributing loads. The resultant structure is a spidery framework of many light pieces...which so complement one another in the particular pattern of the finished assembly as to give an extremely favorable weight-strength ratio, and withstand high stresses.
Fuller's patent for the Geodesic Dome was issued on June 29, 1954.
Read the full patent here: https://patents.google.com/patent/US2682235A/en?oq=US2682235A
"The World of Buckminster Fuller"
Horizon, BBC's long-running science and philosphy program, profiled Bucky Fuller for its very first episode. "The World of Buckminster Fuller" aired on May 2, 1964.
"Everything I Know"
Over two weeks in January of 1975, Fuller delivered a series of lectures covering his entire life's work. Spaning 42 hours, the lecture series covers everything from Fuller's inventions to his thoughts on a wide range of topics from architecture and desigh to history and philosophy. Througout, Fuller presents his approach to solving the problems of the world.
View the entire "Everything I Know" series on the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/buckminsterfuller
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, a "live documentary" collaboration by filmmaker Sam Green and legendary band Yo La Tengo premiered at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in May 2012. Combining historic film footage of Fuller, live narration, and a live original score, "Love Song" explores Fuller's utopian vision of radical social change through a design revolution. Since its debut in San Francisco, the project has since toured the country. It was screened in Boston at the Institute of Contemporary Art in October 2012.
Learn more about "Love Song" here: http://buckminsterfullerfilm.com/
Image: "Love Song" premier in San Francisco. Photo by Charle Villyard.