Wednesday, August 13, 2008

buckminster fuller

At Nathan's suggestion, went with Josh to see Buckminster Fuller at the Whitney.

You'd think there'd be more Buckminster influences around today, but I guess not so many people want to live in a math equation.

There was one idea I was enamored with, a climate-control dome Fuller wanted to place over midtown Manhattan:

Why air condition or heat ten-thousand separate structures, when you can just do 'em all at once? Fuller claimed the scheme would pay for itself in less than ten years via increased energy efficiency and the removal of snow-clearing costs. I love the image, it's like a jellyfish plunked down on the city. Except. Besides the subway, how were you supposed to get in and out?

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