Today would have been Buckminister Fuller’s 109th birthday. Known as the father of sustainability, Fuller was driven by his intention “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.”
Never confined to a single profession, Fuller worked as a "comprehensive anticipatory design scientist" to solve global problems surrounding housing, shelter, transportation, education, energy, ecological destruction and poverty. Throughout his prolific career, Fuller held 28 patents, authored 28 books and received 47 honorary degrees. His best known artifact was the geodesic dome, which has been reproduced over 300,000 times worldwide.
As we did last year, we are celebrating Bucky's birthday with a special ArchDaily logo:
Check out more Bucky, including a video of him singing his own original "ode to a dome" (really), after the break...
Bucky's own version of “Home on the Range,” which features the playful yet critical line:
“Let Architects dream of glass boxes with steam / And rich clients in hordes at their knees Just give me a home in a great circle dome / Where the birds and bees are at ease.”
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