A Necessary Ruin: The Story Of The Loss of Bucky Fuller's Union Tank Car Dome

A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome from Evan Mather on Vimeo.

At the time of its construction the Union Tank Car Dome was the biggest clear span structure in the world. It was demolished in 2008 (see Another One Bites The Dust: Bucky Fuller's Union Tank Car Dome)

Dwell, via @urbanmatt, points us to this wonderful film about it.

tank car building interior photo

scanned from John McHale's R. Buckminster Fuller in the Makers of Contemporary Architecture series

Evan Mather of Handcrafted Films describes it:

Based on the engineering principles of the visionary design scientist and philosopher Buckminster Fuller, this geodesic dome was, at 384 feet in diameter, the first large scale example of this building type. A Necessary Ruin relates the powerful, compelling narrative of the dome's history via interviews with architects, engineers, preservationists, media, and artists; animated sequences demonstrating the operation of the facility; and hundreds of rare photographs and video segments taken during the dome's construction, decline, and demolition.

Worth watching. Credits:
DIR Evan Mather
NARRATION Frances Anderton
CAST Ward Bond, Ed Cullen, J. Michael Desmond, Meg Holford, Andrew Lehr, Dick Lehr, Ivan Massar, Evan Mather, Mary Price, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Suzanne Turner PROD Hand Crafted Films

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