Hear Bucky Fuller Talk About Life, Airplanes, and the Future

There's something jarring about hearing old interviews of legendary futurist Buckminster Fuller. He speaks at a rapid pace, like each word is racing to get out before the next. But both Fuller's style and his self-assuredness make it hard not to get swept up in his unbridled optimism about the future of technology —… » 3/17/15 5:30pm 3/17/15 5:30pm

6 Brilliant Ideas That Tackle the Toughest Environmental Problems

Buckminster Fuller was a designer, futurist, and humanitarian, from his famous dome to his perspective-changing map. Each year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute honors the visionary's legacy with a competition showcasing ingenious solutions for global problems. » 9/03/14 9:00am 9/03/14 9:00am

This Amazing Geodesic Dome Houses a Danish Political Throwdown

Every year, 10,000 Danes come together for the Folkemødet, a celebrated "political festival" of spirited policy debate, which sounds extremely Danish. This summer, they'll be doing so in an incredible space: A beautiful, wood-and-steel geodesic dome. » 2/14/14 1:20pm 2/14/14 1:20pm

Bucky Fuller’s Forgotten WWII Shelters Rediscovered In New Jersey

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Deployment Unit—an emergency shelter developed during WWII—isn't his most well-known work. In fact, for years, it's been unclear if any DDUs still existed. But this week, The New York Times tells the story of a handful of shelters that have resurfaced, after being abandoned on an army… » 1/02/14 6:03pm 1/02/14 6:03pm

Can Bugs, Toilets, and Mushrooms Change the World?

When Buckminster Fuller died, he was buried under a gravestone with a very peculiar inscription: CALL ME TRIMTAB. Fuller had uttered those words to a Playboy reporter in 1972 (this kind of thing happened a lot in the 70s) to describe the kind of effect he wanted to have on the world. But what did it mean? » 8/28/13 5:30pm 8/28/13 5:30pm

7 Brilliant Reinventions of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map

The world has changed in countless ways since Buckminster Fuller invented the Dymaxion map in 1943. Wars have come and gone, populations have changed, and entire generations have passed. But Bucky's map endures, thanks to its endless adaptability—and to prove it, the Buckminster Fuller Institute recently invited the… » 7/22/13 12:41pm 7/22/13 12:41pm

Facebook’s New Artist In Residence Builds Wood Domes On Wheels & Water

When the San Francisco-based artist (and avid surfer) Jay Nelson wanted a car he could sleep in for his frequent trips to the coast, he didn’t need an RV—just a new way of looking at a sedan. Nelson had acquired a rusting 1986 Honda Civic, and with the addition some plywood, fiberglass, and a set of porthole windows,… » 5/22/13 1:05pm 5/22/13 1:05pm

Buckminster Fuller's Largest Dome Is Now a National Historic Place

Buckminster Fuller only designed about a dozen of domed structures to begin with, and many have either been torn down in lieu of new construction or simply left to rot. But not the dome at Materials Park in Ohio, it just received a $7 million facelift and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places… » 11/12/11 2:20am 11/12/11 2:20am

In 1960, Traveling Salesmen Were Selling Bucky Fuller's Dome Houses…

Chances are you're too young to remember the days when traveling salesmen went door-knocking (unless you're still fending off pesky Avon women now), but at one point someone would've been offered a dome building, shown in this miniature sample size. » 10/20/10 12:22pm 10/20/10 12:22pm

Bucky Fuller's Back-To-Front Car Gets Re-Imagined by Norman Foster

Only three of these back-to-front Dymaxions were ever built, but as there's only one remaining it was up to British architect Norman Foster (the man behind some of the most recognizable buildings in the world) to build the fourth himself. » 10/08/10 7:40am 10/08/10 7:40am

Flying Cars, Cloud Cities and Other Forgotten Inventions of Buckminster…

Buckminster Fuller might best be known for the molecules named after him and dome designs that inspired structures such as the Epcot center. But even more impressive is The New Yorker's rundown of Fuller's life and forgotten inventions, such as his three-wheeled, all-terrain car with a periscope, cities designed to… » 6/02/08 11:00pm 6/02/08 11:00pm