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The geodesic works of Richard Buckminster Fuller, 1948-68 : (the universe as a home of man)

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dc.contributor.advisor Stanford Anderson. en_US Wong, Yunn Chii, 1954- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US 2005-08-22T18:56:37Z 2005-08-22T18:56:37Z 1999 en_US 1999 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1999. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (v. 2, p. 29-105). en_US
dc.description.abstract The thesis investigates the geodesic structure and dome phase in the corpus of Richard Buckminster Fuller's artifactual production and writings. It offers a history of the meteoric rise of the geodesic structure, its production, deployment, reception and subsequent marginalization. The geodesic work, as a pinnacle of Fuller's life work, form a multi-layered symbolic project with significance that extends beyond architecture. While the geodesic dome is an aspect of Fuller's many artifactual productions, it is studied here as a culmination of a set of ideas that Fuller developed and refined over a course of forty years, beginning with the 4D-Dymaxion House. These ideas represent a set of poignant observations and critique of design and design practices in particular, and of contemporary American culture in general. At a cursory level, Fuller's invention of the geodesic dome in the late forties appears to be a historical aberration, given the traditional, deeply symbolic significance of the dome and the fairly entrenched modem aesthetic sensibility based on planes and asymmetry. Yet, over a period of twenty years, the geodesic invention reinvigorated a traditional archetypal form besides charging up new interests in all types of space-frame structures. The invention of the geodesic structure invention enjoyed professional attention and rallied public enthusiasm. However, with its swan-song at the Montreal Expo '67, it was quickly eclipsed and marginalized. The thesis shows that Fuller's geodesic work is an attempt to create a seamless continuity between nature and society, following on the heels of his first attempt (in the 4D-Dymaxion House phase) to create a similar continuity between society and industry and between production and consumption. To understand anyone of these aspects, one must posit the invention in the context of its inventor and the relationship of the desires he brought to bear on American society and culture in his time. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Yunn Chii Wong. en_US
dc.format.extent 2 v. ([973] p.) en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.subject Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983. en_US
dc.title The geodesic works of Richard Buckminster Fuller, 1948-68 : (the universe as a home of man) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 43782643 en_US

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