Montreal’s Expo 67 was the most successful World’s Fair in history, a vision of the future laced with monorails and space-age architecture. Its stunning centerpiece was the Biosphere, a 250-foot tall geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, which remained on the site after the fair left town. For the 50th…
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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.
Between 1965 and 1970, radio broadcaster Studs Terkel held multiple interviews with designer and inventor Buckminster Fuller, exploring Fuller's life, his ideas, and what he hoped to accomplish. Recently, the creators of Blank on Blank edited together some of those interviews and set them to animation.
Dorion Sagan, son of Carl Sagan and Lynn Margulis, weighs in on the dialectical relationship between science and philosophy.
Most people know that Earth's landmasses once formed single supercontinent, but how said continent peeled away from itself – or the extent to which Earth's continents remain connected – is not always immediately apparent. That's where the Dymaxion map comes in.
When you're waiting for Buckminster Fuller to come down your chimney, what else are you going to munch on besides a geodesic dome made of gingerbread? Achieving so much crunchy perfection seems like a daunting challenge — but luckily there's a great instructional video that shows you how to make this happen!
In 1936, artist Isamu Noguchi was working on his mural History Mexico when he forgot the equation for E=mc². Rather than just wing it, Noguchi instead asked his friend Buckminster Fuller for the formula. Here's the futurist/Dymaxion automaker/geodesic dome connoisseur's comically detailed response, which came to…
The key to nanotechnology may not be making tiny structures out of individual molecules. It may be forcing those structures to build themselves. And scientists appear to have found a way to make that happen.
You missed your chance to own a piece of retro-futurist awesomeness. The Futuro House, a Finnish flying-saucer-shaped masterpiece built (wait for it) in 1968, sold at auction for only $50,000. Also auctioned: a Zen chair, and Buckminster Fuller blueprints.
Of all the plaudits laid at the metaphorical feet of JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot, "the model for humanity's future" may be one of the more excitable and over-the-top, but apparently there's historical precendent...
Beginning June 26, io9ers located in and around New York City can view an artifact of retro-futurist history when the only surviving example of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car goes on display at the Whitney Museum as part of a show called "Buckminster Fuller: Starting With the Universe." We've already mentioned how…
In 1913, Walter Baunard introduced Scientific American's readers to "The Future Car." Completely enclosed, "dust-proof, silent, and comfortable," Baunard's car resembled "a submarine boat more than it does a carriage." But what it really looked like was Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Car of twenty years later.