Saturday, June 28, 2008

What We Can Learn From Buckminster Fuller

As you might have noticed, I'm a total geek for Buckminster Fuller. I'm reading Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth again this weekend and I really enjoyed this Wired photo essay.

The above image is one of his wackier ideas:

To construct one of his Lightful Towers, Fuller imagined that one airship would first drop a bomb and create a hole in the ground, then a second airship would drop the building into the hole. The stacked apartment unit would be sealed into the ground with cement and ready for use.

There is a more human, even somewhat darker side to the Fuller mythos that was brought back to mind by the comment on the above post and was hinted at in a recent New York Times article. We'll be exploring this side of dear old Bucky in the offing.


Anonymous said...

You should check out the exhibition at the Whitney Museum that inspired the story:

John M. said...


Thanks for stopping by.

I've had a good look at it. I wish I could go in person.

I might be able to in August. Have you been?