Designer of the Day… BUCKMINSTER FULLER

Richard BuckminsterBuckyFuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor.

Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as “Spaceship Earth“, ephemeralization, and synergetic.

He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, and popularized the widely known geodesic dome.

Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their structural and mathematical resemblance to geodesic spheres.

Fuller was the second World President of Mensa from 1974 to 1983.

Fuller was born on July 12, 1895, in Milton, Massachusetts, the son of Richard Buckminster Fuller and Caroline Wolcott Andrews, and grand-nephew of the American Transcendentalist Margaret Fuller.

For half of a century, Fuller developed many ideas, designs and inventions, particularly regarding practical, inexpensive shelter and transportation.

He documented his life, philosophy and ideas scrupulously by a daily diary (later called the Dymaxion Chronofile), and by twenty-eight publications.

Fuller financed some of his experiments with inherited funds, sometimes augmented by funds invested by his collaborators, one example being the Dymaxion car project.

 

My Daily Sketch… THE NEW DYMAXION

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So, although this was a sketch I did back in the day, it still fascinates me that Buckminster Fuller was so beyond his time. Just google Dymaxion and you’ll see what he’s done. We should all be such visionaries…