Happy 120th birthday, Bucky Fuller!
Yesterday Bucky would have been 120 years old. We have covered him for 8.3 percent of those years, everything from his domes to his houses and his cars. But here is something new care of Archdaily: Bucky singing a song, his version of home on the range, "Rome Home in a Dome":
Here is a roundup of some of our favorite Bucky stories on TreeHugger:
Reviewer of Bucky Fuller's Dymaxion car is stunned. At how bad it is.© Car Talk
The fact is, they screwed up the steering when they built this replicar.
Why does his gravestone say "Call me Trimtab"?
wikipedia/ Bucky and Anne's Gravestone./CC BY 2.0
According to this quote from the Buckminster Fuller Institute:
When I thought about steering the course of the "Spaceship Earth" and all of humanity, I saw most people trying to turn the boat by pushing the bow around. I saw that by being all the way at the tail of the ship, by just kicking my foot to one side or the other, I could create the "low pressure" which would turn the whole ship. If ever someone wanted to write my epitaph, I would want it to say "Call me Trimtab".
Designers might be happy, but vegetarians will not be: Bucky believed " that meat was the best way for us earthlings to get good nutrition, and for long periods of time he ate only steak, prunes, Jell-O and strong tea three or four times a day."
Did Bucky Fuller really design a soccer ball?buckminster Fuller Institute/via
A lot of websites have said he did, but in a word, no.
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"Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?"© Historic Preservation Education Foundation
Bucky answered: Why not? (and a bit more in our Pi Day tribute)
More: "Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?"
Bucky Fuller's grain silo houses found in New Jersey© Sebastiaan Kaal/ Buckminster Fuller Institute
In 1940, before the Wichita House or the geodesic dome, Bucky Fuller was fascinated by the technology used to build grain silos.
More: Bucky Fuller's grain silo houses found in New Jersey
A look at Bucky Fuller's dome over New York City© R. Buckminster Fuller Savings in snow removal alone would have paid for it in ten years. More: A look at Bucky Fuller's dome over New York City
Quote of the Day: Bucky Fuller on How We Live© Estate of R Buckminster Fuller
Finally, my favorite quote of Bucky's, more relevant today than it ever was:
Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time.
Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time.
Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time.
It's time we gave this some thought.