Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome home is now a museum

Buckminster Fuller’s Revolutionary Geodesic Dome Home to be Transformed into a Museum


Buckminster Fulle Dome Restoration

  By Christina Sarich

“Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.” ― Buckminster Fuller

It was the world’s first geodesic dome, imagined and made real by one of the most revolutionary minds of our time. The home was built in the 1960s and was inhabited by the designer and his wife before his passing, but it is still an inspiring monument to a philosopher and architect like no other, R. Buckminster Fuller. Fortunately, it will be made into a museum, free to the public in April of this year, due to a recent investment by inspired individuals.

People who had a chance to hear ‘Bucky’ speak before his death in 1983 often say it changed their lives. He is a bit of a sub-cultural icon. Where other architectural designs failed to meet either environmental concerns, or were simply too expensive to consider as housing for a world living on less than $2 a day, Fuller imagined something quite different. The visionary conceived of an abode, which should be seen, not as an artifact, but as a stroke of genius that can still solve many of today’s enduring challenges. His ideas were not relegated to design alone. He was an inventor and big thinker who wanted to address global problems including housing, transportation, education, the use of wind and solar energy, ecological destruction, and poverty. More than 60 years later, these are still concerns we all share.

Fuller was a ‘reformed’ millionaire who began looking to nature as a source of balance and inspiration.  You can observe this naturalist slant in almost everything he says. There are so many ‘Fuller-ims’ you could fill a book with them. His mind was so actively engaged with solving the problems of the world. His geodesic dome is just one of many of the solutions he proposed.

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” ― Buckminster Fuller

It was indeed Fuller’s ability to think outside the straight lines which civilization tries to confine us within, that his most useful contributions were made to society. Fortunately, someone else thought so too, and the home he designed and lived in will be saved from years of neglect. Southern Illinois University will begin reconstruction on the geodesic dome home in Carbondale, and when finished it will house rare Fuller artifacts as well as host tours to educate the public about Fuller’s overarching philosophy – an ambitious desire to “the search for the principles governing the universe” and to help “advance the evolution of humanity in accordance with them.”   This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/

 Also read more details of his life and patents here (Wikipedia) 

Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) – Thinking Out Loud – Documentary 

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