R. Buckminster Fuller:
THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE
JANUARY 30 — FEBRUARY 23, 2014
written and directed by D.W. Jacobs
from the life, work and writings of R. Buckminster Fuller
performed by Ron Campbell
scenic and lighting design by David Lee Cuthbert
costume design by Shannon Sigman
costume consultant Darla Cash
sound design by Luis Perez
video design by Jim Findlay
1.31.2014 Behind the scenes of R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE
1.13.2014 R. Buckminster Fuller: an interview with Ron Campbell and D. W. Jacobs
War Shelters, Short-Lived Yet Living On — The New York Times
"These are the only known surviving examples of the Dymaxion Deployment Units that R. Buckminster Fuller designed as an answer to wartime housing needs. Conceived as low-cost, mass-produced shelters that could comfortably accomodate a family of four, the units, known as D.D.U.s, were manufactured in the early 1940s and distributed to military bases around the world. But the war that inspired them would eventually put them out of production."
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Archival photo of the Dymaxion Deployment Unit prototype assembled in Washington in 1941. Photo courtesy of the Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller.
Gallery | Paying Tribute to the Mad Genius of Buckminster Fuller — T Magazine
For most architecture aficionados, the name Buckminster Fuller conjures a single structure: the geodesic dome. The geometrically complex sphere, composed of a grid of triangles, may be Fuller's most famous invention, but the late visionary dedicated himself to solving many of the world's most vexing design problems, including affordable housing, efficient transportation and ecological preservation. While more than 300,000 geodesic domes have been built according to his plans, Fuller was far more prolific, producing 28 patents in total and publishing 28 books.
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Floating Tetrahedral City (top) and Triton City (bottom): "Giant floating cities were proposed by Fuller to help reduce the impact of population explosion on the environment, while at the same time reducing the cost of living for inhabitants. These cities would house up to 5,000 people and include outdoor spaces, shopping, entertainment and schools. They could also be connected to one another or to the mainland by bridges." Cole Gerst/Option-G