Buckminster Fuller and the Geodesic Dome

Buckminster Fuller, US Pavillion in Montreal 1967

I saw that Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area opened in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art at the end March and continues until July 29, 2012. Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Buckminster Fuller‘s practice can’t be catagorized into one field but instead he worked to solve global problems surrounding housing, shelter, transportation, education, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty. By the 1960s, Fuller had found a mass following because of his radical idealism and his visionary thinking which promoted sustainabilty and low ecological impact.  In the Montreal’s Expo in 1967 for his design of the the U.S. pavillion , Fuller received world wide recognition. During this time he also proposed several large-scale projects in line with the visionary megastructures of the decade along with Archigram, Metabolists and Cedric Price‘s Fun Palace. Fuller believed that society could be improved through mass produced  modular systems. While Fuller is most well known for his geodesic dome design his continued influence can be found in designers, architects, scientists and artists working today.

Oliva Barbieri, Site Specific Montreal 04 (Buckminster Fuller Dome), 2004, chromogenic print

Buckminster Fuller, Building Construction/ Geodesic Dome, United States Patent Office no. 2.682,235, 1981

Buckminster Fuller, Non-Syetrical Tension-Integrity Structure, United States Patent Office no. 3,866,366, 1981

Buckminster Fuller, Laminar Geodesic Dome, United States Patent Office no. 3,203,144, 1981

DUS Architecten and Studio for Unsolicited Architecture, Bucky Bar, Rotterdam

Michel de Broin, Black Conference, 2006

Holly Ward, The Pavillion, 2009-2010, Vancouver, BC

Heather and Ivan Morison, The Black Cloud, 2009

Tomas Saraceno, Galaxy forming along filaments, like droplets along the strands of a spider’s web, 2008

Naomi Reis, Untitled (warp), 2011

Naomi Reis, Untitled (ripple), 2011

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