The Dymaxion house, invented by Buckminster Fuller, was well before its time. As a fold-out kit, the Dymaxion house exhibited a futuristic look at sustainability with many environmental features.
Indeed, the Dymaxion House was “one man’s vision of the home of the future.”
Posted on Thursday, July 5th 2012
Reblogged from Eco Houses
Here’s a prototype of Blue Bottle Coffee Co.’s hexagonal s’more, which will be for sale (along with iced coffee) at tomorrow’s Buckminster Fuller-inspired Utopian Cookout, 11:30-1:30pm. Dymaxion chili is also on the menu… mmmMmmmm!
Posted on Thursday, June 14th 2012
We’ve been receiving a lot of Buckminster Fuller-inspired visitor postcards lately. This one makes note of the fact that although Fuller’s geodesic domes were sustainable and fulfilled many utopian ideals, living inside of them was incredibly awkward.
Posted on Wednesday, June 13th 2012
We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship Earth much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody. – Buckminster Fuller
Buckminster Fuller thought of the world as a contained spaceship, where all of us are on board together, flying through space with a finite amount of resources. How do you think this metaphor can/cannot be helpful in working to solve problems today?
Posted on Tuesday, June 12th 2012
Buckminster Fuller’s classes
Black Mountain College, North Carolina. 1948-1949
(via State Archives of North Carolina)
This is so cool!
On a related note: if you’re interested in Bucky Fuller, come add some edible idealism to your week at our Utopian Cookout this Friday!
Posted on Monday, June 11th 2012
Reblogged from TIM
For our Free Tuesday program today at noon, come learn about Bucky Fuller! (Um, yes, that’s in 10 minutes)
Posted on Tuesday, June 5th 2012
Buckminster Fuller imagined this tetrahedron city project for Tokyo’s bay. He also imagined a similar floating tetrahedral city for San Francisco’s Bay.
From MoMA’s website:
The buoyant metropolis was designed to accommodate one million citizens in 300,000 apartment units, and it even includes a huge interior harbor. Fuller, who spent his career searching for “ever higher performance with ever less investment of material resources,” envisioned Tetrahedron City as an efficient response to two major problems of architecture and urban planning: construction costs and land acquisition.
What do you think: would you consider living in one of these floating cities, had Buckminster Fuller’s utopian vision come to fruition?
Posted on Monday, June 4th 2012
Stewart Brand, publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog, October 1966. He’s wearing a button that reads, “Why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole earth yet?”
Come learn about Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog tonight in our Bucky Fuller exhibition at 6:30pm!
Photograph by Gene Anthony, © wolfgangsvault.com
Posted on Thursday, May 24th 2012
Nancy Newhall, Buckminster Fuller, 1948/1990; gelatin silver print; Collection SFMOMA. Source.
Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd 2012
Ever since R. Buckminster Fuller popularized the design in the mid-20th century, there’s been something captivating about the geodesic dome. While the structure typically makes architecture lovers salivate, now it’s conquering the heart of another type of urbanist: the city farmer. A new dome-based prototype promises an affordable method of rooftop aquaculture for apartment and commercial buildings—as the website calls it, getting “fish from the sky.”
…A “live documentary” is like a film, but it all happens in person. I project images up on the screen and stand on stage narrating. And a band (Yo La Tengo) performs a live soundtrack. It’s a form that I like very much. As part of SFMOMA’s exhibit on Buckminster Fuller, I also made a multi-channel video installation that’s up now at the museum and will be there through August, I believe.
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Posted on Monday, April 30th 2012