Future Curves: Buckminster Fuller


SSENSE recently published a feature on the life and legacy of the legendary architect, designer, and visionary Buckminster Fuller.  Perhaps best known for the Geodesic domes that continue to emerge in disparate areas of the globe, from rural communes of the 1960s to contemporary music festivals, Fuller was prolific in his work on a scale that few in design's history have matched. Those of us on the west coast have to look no further than Vancouver's Science World to see a famous Buckminster Fuller inspired structure. His structures were modular, dynamic, maximalist, and they were part of his uniquely utopian vision of technology working to solve the fundamental conundrums of the human experience. I've been obsessed with Fuller for many years now, and I find his holistic, systems-thinking optimism in both life and design to be endlessly inspiring. An ardent rejector of limited, silo-like specialization, he encouraged breaking down boundaries between fields previously thought to be distinct and separate. Fuller dreamt and thought big, and he was at once macro comprehensive and micro incisive; his work offered degrees of escapism that at once turned both inward and outward.  Some of his ideas and predictions may be dated as we march through the 21st century, but his encouragement to view the globe with a "cosmic degree of orbital conception," seems as relevant as ever. Read the full interview on SSENSE here.