Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe

Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe

Hardback Whitney Museum of American Art Book

By (author) K. Michael Hays, By (author) Dana A. Miller, Contributions by Antoine Picon, Contributions by Elizabeth Smith, Contributions by Calvin Tomkins

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 305mm x 22mm | 1,329g
  • Publication date: 28 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300126204
  • ISBN 13: 9780300126204
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 70 b&w illustrations + 180 colour images
  • Sales rank: 775,070

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From his geodesic dome to books popularizing the terms 'spaceship earth' and 'synergetics', the life mission of R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was to create living environments that minimized the consumption of the earth's resources while maximizing interconnections with global systems of information and transportation. Never before has his extraordinary body of work been so fully explored as in this book, which focuses on Fuller's wide-ranging and sometimes controversial role within the worlds of art, architecture, and Utopian thought.The book chronicles Fuller's profound, often prophetic contributions, including his environmentally sensitive building designs. The essays illuminate the underappreciated thematic interactions of many sculptors, painters, musicians, and architects with this self-described 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist', including contemporary artists wrestling with Fuller's legacy today. Also included is an illustrated contextual chronology.Reproductions of original drawings and models - including those for Fuller's 4D house, Wichita House, the Montreal Expo dome, and the sole extant Dymaxion car - plus a reprinted 1966 New Yorker profile on Fuller by Calvin Tomkins, complete the fascinating tribute.

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K. Michael Hays is Adjunct Curator of Architecture at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Professor of Architectural Theory at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Dana A. Miller is Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.