Buckminster Fuller Envisioned a Utopian Future for Humanity

“We are called to be architects of the future.” ―  R. Buckminster Fuller

A Tribute to a True Visionary Leader

Buckminster Fuller blazed a trail for others to follow through his life’s work as a prolific researcher, inventor, writer and teacher. The driving force behind Fuller’s contributions was the principle that the world must work for 100% of humanity.

Born in Milton, Massachusetts, on July 12th, 1895, Richard Buckminster Fuller’s family lineage produced independent thinkers, driven toward activism and public service. During his early childhood education, Bucky  (as he was affectionately called) developed a love of Nature and an appreciation of the Natural Laws that pervade every living construct. Check out Buckminster Fuller’s Biography.

Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller’s Contribution

The geodesic dome, designed from nature’s own geometry is one of Bucky’s most well-known and significant inventions. Space is full of ‘buckyballs’, also known as “Fullerenes”, icosahedral molecules with 60 linked carbon atoms.

Modern science has uncovered that we live in a holographic universe, and buckyballs are found at every scale from nano particles to galactic measure. This same geometry mirrors itself throughout the interwoven continuum of the cosmos.

Buckminster Fuller Drawings
Blueprint, Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome patent drawing, 1965

Buckminster Fuller’s Design Science Lab

Each year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), invites innovators to participate in Design Science Lab’s (aka Design Science Studio) annual theme. People from all over the world, working in many respected fields are encouraged to enter the Design Challenge. 

Regarded as Design Science Studio’s highest social-responsible award, it’s about advancing a whole systems approach to “addressing the many crisis’ facing humanity and the fundamental systems that support life on Earth”.  Participants are given the opportunity to catalyze a regenerative future – because the future is first and always an idea whose time has come.  To learn more about how you can participate, go to Design Science Studio.  

Buckminster Fuller Art
Bucky Fuller collaborated with Terence Kelly to create the ASM International headquarters in Russell Township, Ohio in 1959. That project has recently received a massive upgrade.

Buckminster Fuller Quote:
“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So, we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told they had to earn a living.”  ―  R. Buckminster Fuller

Enjoy a “Fuller” View of the Universe Inside a Planetarium Dome

Following in Fuller’s footsteps, Pacific Domes has created a Planetarium Dome using his cosmic architectural model. What better place to navigate the heavens, than from inside the very structure from which it is designed? 

Eon Planetarium Dome
EON Planetarium projection dome

Out of the strength and portability of Bucky’s geodesic blueprint, Pacific Domes designed one of the most imposing free-standing Planetarium Domes on earth.  The dome houses a 360° projection screen onto which spectacular scenes of the heavens realistically simulate the motions of stars, planets and celestial objects.

Planetarium Dome Uses

Mobile Planetarium Domes with patented projection liners are being used for entertainment and education about astronomy, the night sky and celestial navigation training. This immersive environment enables interactive exploration of both earth and space science.

Visualizations can directly impact decision making, allowing people to understand global issues. Hot topics such as climate change issues can come to life in a genuine way.

Pacific Domes free-standing Planetarium Domes are recommended by Planetarium leaders. Projection dome theaters can be implemented for one tenth the price of other planetarium systems. 

For additional inspiration on how you can adopt a “Fuller” cosmic and world view inside a Planetarium Dome, be sure to visit Pacific Domes Planetarium Gallery.