Buckminster Fuller – Anthology for the New Millennium – Thomas T.K. Zung

extracts from anthology for the New Millennium (anthology from Norman Foster )

pg 2 – Bucky was a true master of technology, in the tradition of heroes such as Eiffel and Paxton. His many innovations – from the Dymaxion house to the geodesic dome – still surprises [everyone] with the audacity of their thinking

pg 3 – Bucky was fond of quoting Theodore Larson:

“It is not devise a better society so as to arrive at a finer architecture it is to provide a better architecture in order to arrive at a more desirable society”

(about geodesic domes)

pg 23 – Fullers early investigations yielded what now seems to be a cumbersome three-way gridding of great-circle arcs, the thirty-one-great-circle grid. It was generated by successively spinning the spherical icosahedron on axes through vertices, mid-face and mid-edge. The breakdown is as follows;


This geometry was used to build one of the first geometric structure, the 48 – foot Venetian – blind dome at Black Mountain College. This dome was built from 2-inch-wide Venetian – blind material.

pg 26 – The 1953 Ford Rotunda Dome, a 93-foot diameter, 81/2 ton aluminum space frame structure, was Fullers first major commission. Structurally it was an impressive demonstration of  lightweight, high-tech construction philosophy Fuller had been espousing for 25 years. But the problem of finding a watertight skin for this structure. (he had to wait for technology to catch up)

Workmen Covering Top of the Geodesic Dome, Ford Rotunda Outside their River Rouge Plant

Workmen Covering Top of the Geodesic Dome, Ford Rotunda Outside their River Rouge Plant

pg 26 – Probably the best – known geodesic structure is the United States Pavilion in Montreal , Cana , designed for expo 67 this 250ft diamter diaphanous, silvery sphere cuaght the imagination of all who visted the Expo and became the symbolic icon of all subsequent world’s fair and visionary urban construction. Every Expo after 1967 had its spherical exhibition structure; every city of the future had its spherical building prominently positioned in its urban fabric.


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