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We Got Buckminster Fuller's FBI File

Buckminster Fuller was a world-renowned architect, math-obsessed designer, and affable weirdo. He died in 1983, but Fuller is still remembered fondly today for his geodesic domes and his three-wheeled cars. Despite extensive historical interest in the man, his FBI file has never been made public. Until now. » 5/20/15 3:52pm 5/20/15 3:52pm

This Working Replica of Bucky Fuller's Dymaxion Car Is Scary As Hell

Buckminster Fuller was either a brilliant inventor or a nutcase charlatan, depending on who you ask. And perhaps no single invention of Bucky’s encapsulates that divide quite like his Dymaxion car. Was it a death trap or a feat of engineering genius? The Wall Street Journal recently tested out a functioning replica… » 4/24/15 1:18pm 4/24/15 1:18pm

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 5:48pm 3/17/15 5:48pm

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

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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 2:27pm 5/22/13 2:27pm

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

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

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