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R.Buckminster Fuller

Richard Buckminster Fuller (Born the 12 July 1895 Milton,1983 Died in Los Angeles)

East an architect, designer, inventor, American writer and futurist.

Fuller has published over 30 books, inventing or popularizing terms such as "spaceship earth", "Éphéméralisation" and "synergistic".

He has also developed numerous inventions, mainly in the field of architectural design, best known remaining the geodesic dome.Carbon molecules called "fullerenes" are so named because of their resemblance to these domes. The geodesic dome was used among others for the flag of the United States at the World Expo 1967 to Montreal, where now sits the Biosphere.

Geodesic domes

Fuller taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina during the summers 1948 and 194913, serving as director of the Summer Institute 1949. Leaves, with the support of a group of professors and students, he began reinventing a project that made him famous : the geodesic dome. Although the geodesic dome was created some thirty years earlier by Dr. Walther Bauersfeld, Fuller obtained US Patents. He is credited for popularizing this type of structures. One of his first models was built in 1945, Bennington College in Vermont, where he often lectured. In 1949, he built the first geodesic dome that could support its own weight without practical limitations. He was from 4,3 meters in diameter and made of an aluminum tube and a vinyl layer, in the form of an icosahedron.
To demonstrate the strength of its realization to the skeptics: R.Buckminster Fuller asked several students who had helped build to suspend the frame of the structure.

Concept of several houses Domes Community Dymaxion.

Space Age House of the Future in the 1940’s.

Three American pilots stand before a group of Dymaxion Deployment Units, North Africa, 1944

The US government has recognized the importance of his work, and employed his cabinet
« Geodesics, Inc. "Raleigh, North Carolina to make domes for the army.

In a few years, there were thousands of these domes worldwide !

During the half century that followed, Fuller developed many concepts, ideas and inventions, in particular as regards the practical, affordable housing as well as in the field of transport. He scrupulously recorded and daily life, his philosophy and ideas in a diary (later called the Dymaxion Chronofichier) supplemented by twenty-eighty publications. Fuller financed some of his experiments with inherited funds, sometimes embellished with funds invested by its employees,

an example being the Dymaxion car project and its series Dymaxion houses.

Buckminster Fuller, Dymaxion House, 1940 Futuristic architecture.

duration 3:40 Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion Cars, Geodesic Dome Home and // Surprisingly Buckminster Fuller designed the Dymaxion car and the house of nature resulting in them being so far ahead of their time. We are only beginning to understand the incredible technology employed by nature.

20 July 1934, Washington, DC, USA — One of the few Dymaxion cars designed by Buckminster Fuller owned by Leopold Stokowski, conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. — Image by © Bettmann / CORBIS

1933 The Dymaxion CAR Presentation Amelia Erheart.

1934 CAR Dymaxion MK-II (HD)

R. Buckminster Fuller and Anne Hewlett Dome Home

Le Fuller Dome: Preservation Project Personal residence Bucky: Carbondale, THE

R. Buckminster Fuller Manual for Spaceship Earth 1969 © The estate of R. Buckminster Fuller. All rights reserved.
Many do not know that Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC) Modernism was a fireplace in the years 1960. university, artists, writers, poets, actors and thinkers have sought refuge and conversation in the south of the complex landscape’ Illinois , where hills and forests mediate the confluence of agricultural plains and the Mississippi Delta. The area is defined by its railways and river boats, New Madrid fault and where coal, wood, salt and river commerce development of our country long before the city of Chicago has emerged. As a teacher for 12 years SIUC, R. Buckminster Fuller was one of those visionaries who have Carbondale home base to connect with the world.

The geometry of the house is a 3 frequency, 3 / 8 e geodesic sphere dome composed of six pentagons and hexagons five consist of three different lengths modular struts forming a total of 60 triangular panels. Natural lighting is by skylights. Interior ventilation has incorporated a chimney effect and a central fan allows air to flow from the lower level to the upper level via ceiling grids and “peg-board” perforated base at the library built in the attic. heat circulation Radiant hot water was incorporated into the floor slab and still actif.Bien the computer's documentation was not found for the shop drawings Pease original wood Company, in the report and description Thad Heckman documentation work, requirements due to the geometry of the house demanded unique procedures to ensure it is “proximity sphere”. The requirement for which geodetic, in that case, icosaèdre, is necessary to determine conservation strategies for its structural repairs. He used a Hilti PM multi-axis telemetry instruments 24 laser and laser plumb devices to determine the sphericity above and beyond concerns pentagons and hexagons obviously damaged and the corresponding triangulation and three computer simulation model dimensions.

Image: Thad Heckman, Leicester B. Holland made Submission Price. Credit: Le National Park Service

Buckminster Fuller – The World Fuller (1963) By National Education Television United States.

Profil Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome (1964). duration 44:34

Reciprocal Frame Structures.(SIGGRAPH 2013)

Our student working group is trying to build a reciprocal frame structure with Leonardo Sticks. Music: Beirut, The dying person- Role of my family in the world revolution Our working group of students is trying to build a reciprocal frame structure with Leonardo Sticks.

FSMVU, Istanbul 2016. Music: Beirut, The dying person- Role of my family in the world revolution.

– Reciprocal frame structure // Music: Paolo Nutini- Pencil Full of Lead.
Workgroup students built two domes with prefabricated MDF sticks.
Each group began with the same module, but they followed different models.
This time , our work has leaded us to investigate the optimization of sticks.

Buckminster Fuller is the visionary behind the geodesic dome. His goal was to build a stronger housing structure with less material, which is exactly what he did. Noticing that a triangle was twice as strong as a square bracket, he built the dome entirely of triangles. While the dome uses less material, it also maximizes the volume. The dome was first displayed in 1954 at the Triennale in Milan, where Fuller received the highest award, le Grand Prix, and international recognition. The architectural advancements Fuller fact can be seen in almost any modern building with triangular brackets. The original structure has gained popularity for its low environmental impact and durability in all climates. Today, there is more of 300.000 Geodesic domes worldwide.

A recent article in the architect's newspaper examined “Leap Avant You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957” exposure to’ Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Fuller and returned to teaching process in the late 40. In 1948, l’ instructor visiting R. Buckminster Fuller engaged students build his first geodesic dome blind adjustable slats. The project was named the Supine Dome when it failed to increase, Fuller had planned a result, as he was teaching students to build with maximum efficiency.

Executive producer David Gerlach
Director Patrick Smith
Animator Jennifer Yoo
Series Producer Amy Drozdowska
Buckminster Fuller was expelled from university, and started by Harvard not once, but twice. As a young man trying’ jobs, he preferred to work with his hands, and was more at’ comfortable with the factory workers, Meat-packers and marine, that teachers.

Fuller most famous for his geodesic dome – Think Disney Epcot Center. You might call it a philospher-inventor-engineer-architect-artist – but it was out of the category, really – and he wanted to "do more with less. All to make the world a better place. The tape we found said he also had his own deeper reasons, more personal for what he did.

Fuller spoke with Studs Terkel Studs for the Chicago radio show twice. Once in the studio 1970, and five previous years. That's when he and Studs is mounted about a break in the neighborhood quickly gentrifiying Lincoln Park – see if you can hear the hum of the moving car.

A conversation with Fuller was like running through a hedge maze – He spoke in fragments, these great ideas constantly around the corner from the other, warm and charismatic anyway. Studs is firmly here, both hold the reins and along for the ride – addressing him with all respect. But as you'll hear, Buckminster Fuller was not too big on formalities.

Animation showing the geometrical explorations of Fuller – Whitney Museum



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The Dymaxion House / Buckminster Fuller //Bucky and the Dymaxion © Bettmann/Corbis via

Another architectural form currently thriving is the geodesic dome, domes composed of small elements préfabriquables, on a basic geometrical figure: the tetrahedron. A steel mesh supports these small items that can be either metal than plastic material, en carton, Fiberglass, etc.. These domes can be huge, since the inventor of the geodesic domes, Buckminster Fuller, proposed to cover with one of them, which would consist of translucent plastics, Manhattan Island.

Manhattan partially covered with a geodesic dome.

Up to utopia, Fuller admits that the geodesic dome would actually translucent spherical structure surrounding the whole earth, whose center of gravity coincides with that of the globe. We're not there yet! But the largest geodesic dome built by Fuller for the Union Tank Car & Co. in Baton Rouge, in Louisiana 1958 is nevertheless 117 meters in diameter. likewise, the domes of the Pavilion of the American Exhibition in Moscow and the US pavilion at the Montreal World Expo, were famous for their size.

EXPO 67 – MONTREAL BIOSPHERE, R. Buckminster Fuller

Expo 67 for my collection
Hostesses in the pavilion of the United States at Expo 67 show light shimmering uniforms they will wear at the World Exhibition in Montreal. The dresses almost-but not quite mini will add more shine to the already dramatic geodesic dome created by the American philosopher-scientist Buckminster Fuller.

Buckminster Fuller’s ‘U.S. Pavilion Montreal Expo 67’ (1967)

Buckminster – fire 1976, Montréal.



MOMA 1959 Octet Truss designed by TC Howard of Synergetics, Inc

Demonstration of resistance and elasticity of a tensegrity structure (R.B. Fuller) by removing partially. It is interesting how the structure degrades nonlinearly. It should be noted that the voltage component of this structure is not resilient – it is the high test monofilament fishing line. In the video, it seems that this could be rubber.

R. Buckminster Fuller

public domain patent geodesic dome 2682235 Drawing 1 First patent for a geodesic dome.
US Pat.N ° 2682235 was given to Buckminster Fuller 1954 for geodesic domes.

This video explains how to build a model of a geodesic dome and map paper.A little dome history and theory is also included. A good resource for structures and mechanisms’ education.

Tensegrity of Buckminster Fuller Building.

BONUS // Tensegrity, is Solid !

The first prototype of the device.

Eden Project// Allegra Fuller Snyder: Price Challenge and father Buckminster.

THE BIOGRAPHY Allegra Fuller Snyder: Price Challenge and father Buckminster Fuller // Socially responsible Highest Design Award // Every year, Buckminster Fuller Institute invites scientists, students, designers, the architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from around the world to present their innovative solutions to some of the most pressing problems of mankind. A price 100.000 $ is awarded to support the development and implementation of a strategy exceptionnelle.Buckminster
Fuller was a prolific life research, of the invention, writing and teaching. He developed a comprehensive systems approach to understanding the complex global problems. By rigorously adhering to its unique set of principles “the science of designing ", Fuller's work embodies a deep ecological aesthetic listening. Fuller designed and prototyped new strategies to enable all of humanity to live a life characterized by freedom, comfort and dignity without negative impact on the ecosystems of the Earth or the regenerative capacity. He stressed that the technology and the know-how already exist successfully to overcome our global challenges and called for "doing more with less" by increasing the overall performance of all the resources invested in a system.

Fuller has launched an urgent appeal for a creative revolution “make the world of work for 100% of humanity, as soon as possible, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” Respond to this call is that the Fuller Challenge is all about.

Allegra Fuller Snyder, founder and first president, now emeritus board member of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Allegra Fuller Snyder, the child is living only Bucky. It is also Emeritus Professor of Dance and Dance Ethnology, UCLA; 1992 American Dance Guild Honoree of the Year; former president of the Dance Department; and coordinator of the program Arts and Cultures of the World founder. She was dancing at the Faculty of Arts at Cal, and Professor of Performance Studies at New York University, and honorary visiting professor at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England.

She began her career as a performer and choreographer and has been involved in the cinema dance the relationship since the late 1940. She made several award-winning documentaries on dance. She has studied dance worldwide, and was the recipient of several Fulbright scholarships. Among the many special projects Snyder was a basic consultant on the series for PBS WNET DANCING / Canal 13. return recently to Jennifer Fisher Performance Los Angeles times said of her in “Spirit Dances 6: Inspired by Isadora”, “It was a haiku and epic. “


A replica 1933 – Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion car visited Carbondale.



Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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