But I Seem to be a Verb by R. Buckminster Fuller is a cult book for many reasons, not least because its content appears to resemble what the modern Internet has become. The quotes, the slogans, powerful images packed with meaning, facts designed to influence a reader in a split second, and political sound-bites - they are all there. This book contains elements we consume on a daily basis via Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit and Twitter, and yet it was written while Richard Nixon was in the White House. Buckminster Fuller? The duo also collaborated with Marshall McLuhan on The Medium is the Massage - another example of an experimental publishing from the s.
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International recognition began with the success of huge geodesic domes during the s. Fuller lectured at North Carolina State University in Raleigh in , where he met James Fitzgibbon, who would become a close friend and colleague. Fitzgibbon was director of Geodesics, Inc. Thomas C. Howard was lead designer, architect and engineer for both companies.
Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal. Beginning as an assistant professor, he gained full professorship in , in the School of Art and Design. Working as a designer, scientist, developer, and writer, he lectured for many years around the world. He hoped for an age of "omni-successful education and sustenance of all humanity". Fuller referred to himself as "the property of universe" and during one radio interview he gave later in life, declared himself and his work "the property of all humanity".
Honors[ edit ] Fuller was awarded 28 United States patents  and many honorary doctorates. In , he was awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal from The Franklin Institute. Fuller was elected as an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa in , on the occasion of the 50th year reunion of his Harvard class of from which he was expelled in his first year. In , he received the St. Gravestone see trim tab. Fuller died on July 1, , 11 days before his 88th birthday.
During the period leading up to his death, his wife had been lying comatose in a Los Angeles hospital, dying of cancer. It was while visiting her there that he exclaimed, at a certain point: "She is squeezing my hand! His wife of 66 years died 36 hours later. Philosophy and worldview[ edit ] Buckminster Fuller was a Unitarian , like his grandfather Arthur Buckminster Fuller ,   a Unitarian minister. Fuller also coined the word synergetics , a catch-all term used broadly for communicating experiences using geometric concepts, and more specifically, the empirical study of systems in transformation; his focus was on total system behavior unpredicted by the behavior of any isolated components.
Fuller was a pioneer in thinking globally, and explored energy and material efficiency in the fields of architecture, engineering and design. From this point of view, its use as a transportation fuel by people commuting to work represents a huge net loss compared to their actual earnings.
Defining wealth in terms of knowledge, as the "technological ability to protect, nurture, support, and accommodate all growth needs of life," his analysis of the condition of "Spaceship Earth" caused him to conclude that at a certain time during the s, humanity had attained an unprecedented state.
He was convinced that the accumulation of relevant knowledge, combined with the quantities of major recyclable resources that had already been extracted from the earth, had attained a critical level, such that competition for necessities had become unnecessary. Cooperation had become the optimum survival strategy.
He declared: "selfishness is unnecessary and hence-forth unrationalizable War is obsolete. To work, he thought that a utopia needed to include everyone. In the s, Fuller attended seminars and workshops organized by the Institute of General Semantics , and he delivered the annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture in The two shared a remarkable amount of similarity in their formulations of general semantics.
I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process—an integral function of the universe. He developed this in several ways, from the close-packing of spheres and the number of compressive or tensile members required to stabilize an object in space. One confirming result was that the strongest possible homogeneous truss is cyclically tetrahedral.
Major design projects[ edit ] A geodesic sphere. The geodesic dome[ edit ] Fuller was most famous for his lattice shell structures — geodesic domes , which have been used as parts of military radar stations, civic buildings, environmental protest camps and exhibition attractions. The Fuller Dome is referenced in the Hugo Award -winning novel Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner , in which a geodesic dome is said to cover the entire island of Manhattan , and it floats on air due to the hot-air balloon effect of the large air-mass under the dome and perhaps its construction of lightweight materials.
The team made constant improvements and refinements to the platform,  and Fuller noted the Dymaxion "was an invention that could not be made available to the general public without considerable improvements".
Thus able to steer in a tight circle, the Dymaxion often caused a sensation, bringing nearby traffic to a halt. Despite courting the interest of important figures from the auto industry, Fuller used his family inheritance to finish the second and third prototypes  — eventually selling all three, dissolving Dymaxion Corporation and maintaining the Dymaxion was never intended as a commercial venture.
A Dymaxion house at The Henry Ford. Here the term "Dymaxion" is used in effect to signify a "radically strong and light tensegrity structure". Designed and developed during the mids, this prototype is a round structure not a dome , shaped something like the flattened "bell" of certain jellyfish. It has several innovative features, including revolving dresser drawers, and a fine-mist shower that reduces water consumption.
According to Fuller biographer Steve Crooks, the house was designed to be delivered in two cylindrical packages, with interior color panels available at local dealers. A circular structure at the top of the house was designed to rotate around a central mast to use natural winds for cooling and air circulation. Conceived nearly two decades earlier, and developed in Wichita, Kansas , the house was designed to be lightweight, adapted to windy climates, cheap to produce and easy to assemble.
Because of its light weight and portability, the Dymaxion House was intended to be the ideal housing for individuals and families who wanted the option of easy mobility.
It looked ultramodern at the time, built of metal, and sheathed in polished aluminum. Due to publicity, there were many orders during the early Post-War years, but the company that Fuller and others had formed to produce the houses failed due to management problems. In , Fuller developed a concept for an offshore floating city named Triton City and published a report on the design the following year. The project developed and demonstrated concrete spray with mesh-covered wireforms for producing large-scale, load-bearing spanning structures built on-site, without the use of pouring molds, other adjacent surfaces or hoisting.
The initial method used a circular concrete footing in which anchor posts were set. Concrete was sprayed onto the structure, building up a solid layer which, when cured, would support additional concrete to be added by a variety of traditional means. Fuller referred to these buildings as monolithic ferroconcrete geodesic domes. However, the tubular frame form proved problematic for setting windows and doors.
Domes up to three stories tall built with this method proved to be remarkably strong. Other shapes such as cones, pyramids and arches proved equally adaptable.
The project was enabled by a grant underwritten by Syracuse University and sponsored by U. Dymaxion map and World Game[ edit ] Fuller, along with co-cartographer Shoji Sadao , also designed an alternative projection map, called the Dymaxion map. In the s, Fuller developed the World Game , a collaborative simulation game played on a byfoot Dymaxion map,  in which players attempt to solve world problems.
One leg is shorter than the other, and the prescription shoe worn to correct the imbalance comes from a country doctor deep in the wilderness of Maine. Blue blazer, Khrushchev trousers, and a briefcase full of Japanese-made wonderments; In the s and s, he wore three watches simultaneously; one for the time zone of his office in Carbondale , one for the time zone of the location he would next visit, and one for the time zone he was currently in.
Inspired by the sleep habits of animals such as dogs and cats,  Fuller worked until he was tired, and then slept short naps. This generally resulted in Fuller sleeping minute naps every 6 hours.
He also kept copies of all incoming and outgoing correspondence. The enormous Fuller Collection is currently housed at Stanford University. I decided to make myself a good case history of such a human being and it meant that I could not be judge of what was valid to put in or not. I must put everything in, so I started a very rigorous record. Fuller, Buckminster Fuller, but as an adult finally settled on R.
Buckminster Fuller, and signed his letters as such. However, he preferred to be addressed as simply "Bucky". But if they try saying in and out for a few days in fun, they find themselves beginning to realize that they are indeed going inward and outward in respect to the center of Earth, which is our Spaceship Earth. The general belief in a flat Earth died out in classical antiquity , so using "wide" is an anachronism when referring to the surface of the Earth—a spheroidal surface has area and encloses a volume but has no width.
Fuller held that unthinking use of obsolete scientific ideas detracts from and misleads intuition. Other neologisms collectively invented by the Fuller family, according to Allegra Fuller Snyder, are the terms "sunsight" and "sunclipse", replacing "sunrise" and "sunset" to overturn the geocentric bias of most pre- Copernican celestial mechanics.
Fuller also invented the word "livingry," as opposed to weaponry or "killingry" , to mean that which is in support of all human, plant, and Earth life. Tensegrity provides the ability to yield increasingly without ultimately breaking or coming asunder. They created the term utilizing three words that Fuller used repeatedly to describe his design — dynamic, maximum, and tension.
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