A geodesic dome is the only structure made by man that strengthens proportionately to each increase in size. The geos also considered one of the most stable forms of construction, and its pretty cool-looking, to boot think Epcot Center, Expo 67, Silent Running. So why arent we all lounging around in our future suits diggin on our superpads? Well, its not from lack of trying on the part of one R. Buckminster Fuller, 20th century Renaissance man and a tireless advocate of environmentalism and sustainability. While his beloved home-sweet-dome concept cant be considered a failure by any stretch its cost-to-benefit ratio simply hasnt reached equilibrium yet numerous other Fuller notions have come to pass, and Fuller acolyte Michael Ben-Ali discusses them in Bucky Fuller's Futuristic Principles of Design Science.
Thu., May 1, 7 p.m., 2008