Buckminster Fuller and the Twelfth of July

Starling Burgess and R. Buckminster Fuller, Dymaxion Car. Modern Mechanix Magazine October 1933. All of the following occurred on the twelfth of July… 1895 Richard Buckminster Fuller was born. 1910 Richard Buckminster Fuller Senior, Fuller’s father, died. 1917 Fuller married Anne Hewlett. 1933 Fuller completed Dymaxion Car #1. 1938-1939 ‘the main system of general education… Continue reading Buckminster Fuller and the Twelfth of July

Buckminster Fuller and the Homeless of New York

If Buckminster Fuller is known for any effort, it is the effort to provide shelter. But who did Fuller actually provide shelter for? The Lightful House and 4D House existed only on paper. The Dymaxion House existed only as a small scale model. The Dymaxion / Wichita House existed as two full-scale models (one internal,… Continue reading Buckminster Fuller and the Homeless of New York

The Lost Inventions of Buckminster Fuller (Part 3 of 3)

The Lost Inventions of R. Buckminster Fuller is a three-part investigation into the inventions of Buckminster Fuller. These essays can serve as companion essays for two previous books by and about Fuller: Inventions (Fuller, St. Martin’s Press 1983) and The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller (Marks and Fuller, Doubleday 1973). Ownership of these two books… Continue reading The Lost Inventions of Buckminster Fuller (Part 3 of 3)

The Lost Inventions of Buckminster Fuller (Part 2 of 3)

The Lost Inventions of R. Buckminster Fuller is a three-part investigation into the inventions of Buckminster Fuller. These essays can serve as companion essays for two previous books by and about Fuller: Inventions (Fuller, St. Martin’s Press 1983) and The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller (Marks and Fuller, Doubleday 1973). Ownership of these two books… Continue reading The Lost Inventions of Buckminster Fuller (Part 2 of 3)

The Lost Inventions of Buckminster Fuller (Part 1 of 3)

The Lost Inventions of R. Buckminster Fuller is a three-part investigation into the inventions of Buckminster Fuller. These essays can serve as companion essays for two previous books by and about Fuller: Inventions (Fuller, St. Martin’s Press 1983) and The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller (Marks and Fuller, Doubleday 1973). Ownership of these two books… Continue reading The Lost Inventions of Buckminster Fuller (Part 1 of 3)

Inefficient Nature

R. Buckminster Fuller claimed that nature was efficient. Fuller claimed the efficiency of nature was the model he used for his inventions, inventions with which he attempted to “do more with less.” As part of a critical analysis of Fuller and what he called comprehensive anticipatory design science, this essay will demonstrate that Fuller’s claim… Continue reading Inefficient Nature

The Puppets of Buckminster Fuller

Synergetics was Buckminster Fuller’s attempt to bridge science and the humanities. Fuller employed many forms of communication to teach synergetics. He was the author or subject of dozens of books and hundreds of essays. He was a tireless public speaker, lecturing before hundreds of thousands in over one hundred globe-circling tours. Less known than these… Continue reading The Puppets of Buckminster Fuller

The Approximately Omnidirectional Ephemeralization of Richard Buckminster Fuller

I will be delivering a new version of my one-hour lecture The Approximately Omnidirectional Ephemeralization of Richard Buckminster Fuller this weekend in Portland, Oregon. When: 6pm Sunday 30 November 2008. Where: Portland Center Stage, 128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Cost: Free! (but buy a ticket and stay for the play after my lecture). Immediately… Continue reading The Approximately Omnidirectional Ephemeralization of Richard Buckminster Fuller

Dymaxion Portland

Coming up on Monday, 10 November 2008 in the Ellyn Bye Studio: DYMAXION PORTLAND. A conversation about regional resources with David Bragdon (Metro), John Haines (Mercy Corps NW), Jill Fuglister (Coalition for a Livable Future) and Lawrence Wallack (PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs). Join some of Portland’s leading thinkers and policy-makers for a… Continue reading Dymaxion Portland