Archinect - News 2017-08-22T13:08:55-04:00 "Never Built New York" catalogues alternative visions of the City Nicholas Korody 2016-10-11T19:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-14T00:06:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="501" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an alternate reality, a half-mile-diameter dome would enclose much of Manhattan. The dome would regulate the city&rsquo;s temperature and reduce energy consumption, according to the man behind the plan, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">R. Buckminster Fuller</a>. Titled &ldquo;Noah&rsquo;s Ark #2&rdquo;, the fantastical idea actually found a sponsor and the idea went through preliminary feasibility studies.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This is just one of the 200 unbuilt projects for New York City included in <em>Never Built New York</em>, a new book published by Metropolis Books. Authored by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, the book is a follow-up to their popular edition <em>Never Built Los Angeles,</em> and documents unbuilt plans for towers, bridges, parks and airports from the outrageous to the banal.&nbsp;</p><p>An 1870 project by Rufus Henry Gilbert sounds a bit like Elon Musk&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a>: a series of elevated, pneumatic tubes would propel passengers across the city. Suspended in tall Gothic arches, the tubes would be powered by compressed air.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Museum of Modern Art building in New York carries ...</p> Penn State announces new endowment for student study abroad Julia Ingalls 2016-06-02T15:37:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T13:24:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the early 1960s, [Penn State's] international studies were confined mainly to books and photos &mdash; until George Ehringer and his classmates organized a semester in London, the department&rsquo;s first official study abroad trip. Ehringer, who earned his bachelor of science in architecture from Penn State in 1964, recently made a $25,000 gift to create the George D. Ehringer, Class of 1964, Award for Study Abroad in the Department Architecture...</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to this warmhearted account, from unwittingly meeting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>&nbsp;("He was never introduced. It was only later we learned it was Buckminster Fuller!&rdquo;)&nbsp;to developing relationships that lasted for decades, studying abroad in London ultimately benefitted the 1964 Penn State architecture students in ways they could not have anticipated. Anyone who wants to donate to the newly created endowment can do so either via snail mail (Penn State to the A&amp;A Development office, 107 Borland Building, University Park, PA 16802) or <a href=";gid=1&amp;pgid=658&amp;cid=2321&amp;dids=2607&amp;bledit=1&amp;appealcode=AD6EJ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online</a>.</p> <p><img src=""></p> <p>For more on the benefits of travel in architectural education:</p> <ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc expands to Shanghai, with more global programs on the way</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four 2016 Wheelwright finalists to compete for $100K travel grant</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rotch Scholar Christopher Karlson publishes yearlong research on European performing arts-based architecture</a></li></ul> Buckminster Fuller's "Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth" now available as e-book Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-19T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:58:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In true ephemeralizing fashion, Bucky's seminal work&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth</em>&nbsp;has been published on iBooks</a> by the Estate of Buckminster Fuller.&nbsp;</p><p>First published in 1968,&nbsp;<em>Operating Manu</em><em>al for Spaceship Earth</em>&nbsp;gathers Bucky's ideas of global consciousness and actions &ndash; in short, "we are all astronauts", reliant on Spaceship Earth's finite resources, which we've been excellent at squandering so far. The "operating manual" bit is not only a metaphorical device, but also refers to actual advice for designing a more sustainable future.&nbsp;</p><p>In a press release issued by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller Institute</a>, the e-book's release will also be the subject of BFI's newly launched&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dymaxion Reading Group</a>.</p> Buckminster Fuller's FBI file revealed Alexander Walter 2015-05-22T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-24T03:36:18-04:00 <img src="" width="636" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In response to a freedom of information request I filed with the FBI in June of 2014, the agency has finally released 44 heavily redacted pages. Why would the FBI have a file on Bucky Fuller? Well, for one thing, he was a counterculture icon with unconventional ideas about resource allocation, environmental conservation, and globalization. And as we know, the FBI has historically been rather uncomfortable with counterculture icons.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Buckminster Fuller tells the tale on His Geodesic Life in a mini storybook-style audio interview Justine Testado 2015-03-17T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:35:07-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Quoted Studios&nbsp;&mdash; the creators of the acclaimed animated interview series <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank on Blank</a>&nbsp;&mdash; introduced The Experimenters, a brand new mini interview series that offers a peek into the minds of iconic figures in science, technology, and innovation. The first episode, which aired today, shines the spotlight on ol' Buckminster Fuller on His Geodesic Life. The other two episodes will feature anthropologist Jane Goodall and theoretical physicist Richard Feynman.</p><p>Like a storybook, the short film features a recorded audio interview with Bucky by renowned broadcaster <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studs Terkel</a> from 1965 and 1970. "Everyone aware of his work agrees that Buckminster Fuller is one of the original minds of our time," Terkel remarks in the introduction. Colorful animations by Jennifer Yoo accompany Fuller's distinctive run-on conversational style and maintain a sense of charm as Fuller talks about how his own environment&nbsp;&mdash; particularly his own personal struggles and painful experiences&nbsp;&mdash; catapulted his architect...</p> Editor's Picks #376 Nam Henderson 2014-07-17T15:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T14:31:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>The Deans List</strong>: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Wigley, former Dean</a> of Columbia University's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation</a>.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Reflecting on the service-model of architecture he suggested "<em>There will be the financial equivalent of Archinect in my opinion, and that will be a beautiful space for multi-dimensional practice. We must be within a few years of this&hellip;</em>"&nbsp;He also shared that after "<em>stepping up</em>" as dean this past June he is taking a sabbatical, partly to finish a book on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller and Architecture in the Age of Radio</a>.</p><p><strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> felt it was "<em>Another good piece of journalism short if I were to summarize Wigley's description of what an architecture school role is and what a university could be - its an open source experimental platform for creatives</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;explored connections between Patrik Shumacher and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">post-internet discourses</a>.&nbsp;<strong>toasteroven</strong> thought it was great stuff "<em>however- ...</em></p> Modern soccer wouldn't be the same without an architect's invention Archinect 2014-06-16T16:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:03:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="657" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the ball most commonly seen today was first designed in the 1960s by architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, whose forte was designing buildings using minimal materials. Previously, leather soccer balls consisted of 18 sections stitched together: six panels of three strips apiece. The soccer ball Fuller designed stitched together 20 hexagons with 12 pentagons for a total of 32 panels. Its official shape is a spherical polyhedron, but the design was nicknamed the &ldquo;buckyball.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> World's first geodesic dome home, built by Buckminster Fuller, to become museum Archinect 2014-03-20T12:30:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:29:49-04:00 <img src="" width="537" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On April 19 there will be a groundbreaking near Southern Illinois University to celebrate the restoration and preservation of the world&rsquo;s first geodesic dome home, originally built by Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Lady Anne, in 1960. The ceremony at the Fuller Dome Home in Carbondale will be open to the public, free of charge, and will include a tour and the opportunity to view rare artifacts.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Everything I Know: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-02-03T00:50:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T21:43:00-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In his time as a passenger on what he called Spaceship Earth, Fuller realized that human progress need not separate the &ldquo;natural&rdquo; from the &ldquo;unnatural&rdquo;: &ldquo;When people say something is natural,&rdquo; he explains in the first lecture (embedded above as a YouTube video above), &rdquo;&lsquo;natural&rsquo; is the way they found it when they checked into the picture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bucky Fuller's war-shelters persist in peacetime thanks to New Jersey preservationists Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-03T13:55:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:30:43-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conceived as low-cost, mass-produced shelters that could comfortably accommodate a family of four, the units, known as D.D.U.s, were manufactured in the early 1940s and distributed to military bases around the world. [...] Several institutions and individuals have expressed interest in acquiring Camp Evans D.D.U.s. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re important artifacts,&rdquo; said Marc Greuther, chief curator of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., who hopes to exhibit one of the units with Fuller&rsquo;s Wichita House.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Buckminster Fuller's Gold Dome to be preserved Archinect 2013-08-16T11:07:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:31:24-04:00 <img src="" width="441" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Gold Dome building based on Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s geodesic dome will be preserved. TEEMCO, an Oklahoma-based environmental professional engineering firm has purchased the architecturally historic Gold Dome building located on legendary Route 66. As one of the first geodesic domes in the world, the Gold Dome is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.</p></em><br /><br /><p> It was a dome of many firsts: the first dome to have a gold-anodized aluminum roof, the first above-ground geodesic dome, and the first Kaiser Aluminum dome used as a bank. Due to these forward thinking attributes, the building was billed as the &ldquo;Bank of Tomorrow.&rdquo;</p> Buckminster Fuller Institute Selects DYMAX REDUX Winner Alexander Walter 2013-08-07T16:57:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T04:24:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just a few days ago, we published the eleven finalists of DYMAX REDUX, an open call launched in April by the Buckminster Fuller Institute to create a new and inspiring interpretation of Buckminster Fuller's 1943 Dymaxion Map. Now the winning designs have been announced.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller Institute Announces DYMAX REDUX Finalists</a></p> Buckminster Fuller Institute Announces DYMAX REDUX Finalists Alexander Walter 2013-07-22T14:21:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T17:00:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Buckminster Fuller Institute has unveiled the eleven finalists of DYMAX REDUX, an open call to create a new and inspiring interpretation of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map from 1943.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller Institute Selects DYMAX REDUX Winner</a></p> Artist Leo Villareal's "Buckyball" installation to light up Madison Square Park Archinect 2012-10-19T13:59:00-04:00 >2012-10-24T16:35:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Madison Square Park Conservancy's Mad. Sq. Art announces a new, monumental sculpture by distinguished artist Leo Villareal. Largely inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller, Villareal&rsquo;s BUCKYBALL will apply concepts of geometry and mathematical relationships within a towering 30-foot tall, illuminated sculpture. The site-specific work will remain on view daily from October 25, 2012 through February 2013 in Madison Square Park.</p> <p> A commission of the Mad. Sq. Art program, Villareal&rsquo;s BUCKYBALL will feature two nested, geodesic sculptural spheres comprised of 180 LED tubes arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons, known as a &ldquo;Fullerene,&rdquo; referring to the form&rsquo;s discovery by Buckminster Fuller. Individual pixels located every 1.2 inches along the tubes are each capable of displaying 16 million distinct colors and will be specifically tuned by the artist&rsquo;s own software, creating a&nbsp;subtle and sophisticated palette to enliven the Park. Relying on LED technologies driven by chance...</p> Make a Buckminster Fuller Blanket Fort Archinect 2012-05-19T17:26:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:34:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="661" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1975 Buckminster Fuller first defined the term tensegrity, a portmanteau of &ldquo;tensional integrity.&rdquo; It refers to structural systems that derive their stability from various elements acting against each other with equal force, like the surface tension of a bubble. Tensegrity lies at the heart of giant projects like the Georgia Dome. But you can apply it to build the ultimate blanket fort, supported by finely balanced brooms that never touch one another.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Manhattan Memorious risabelle 2012-04-10T11:28:00-04:00 >2012-04-17T16:20:48-04:00 <img src="" width="631" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before a city becomes a thing of steel, concrete, and glass it is a theater of visions in conflict. As a city ages, the visions do not die but come up against the physical and ideological resistance of the place and its people. This is an account of a Manhattan that could have been &ndash; might have been. A phantasmagorical Manhattan where the visionary meets the everyday. The island as we know it is but a pale reflection of a city designed by visionaries &ndash; a city of mad, incongruous utopias.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The film (created for Hong Kong &amp; Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale) visualizes several unrealized projects for Manhattan, including Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s dome over Midtown, Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; City of the Captive Globe, RUR&rsquo;s East River Corridor, Paul Rudolph&rsquo;s Eastside Redevelopment Corridor, Morphosis&rsquo; West Side Yard and others.&nbsp;</p> Kickstart: 9 Chains (Buckminster Fuller in Philadelphia) Archinect 2012-03-21T20:41:00-04:00 >2012-03-21T20:41:55-04:00 <img src="" width="560" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buckminster Fuller was an inventor, architect and "futurist" who made a very large impact on American culture and technology in the 20th century. &ldquo;9 Chains&rdquo; explores his presence in the city of Philadelphia between 1973-1980. Moving between documentary style presentation of the facts and pure abstraction, this work focuses on two projects Fuller worked on while in Philadelphia: the lecture series "Everything I Know" and the development of the World Game Institute.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Check out Archinect's latest curatorial pick at Kickstarter. To view all of our selections visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Aspiring architects get hands-on chance to learn Alexander Walter 2011-06-28T19:26:45-04:00 >2011-06-28T19:27:47-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some local high school students tackled architect R. Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s famed geodesic dome during the University of Memphis&rsquo; Architecture Summer Camp. Architects from local firm brg3s lectured on structural design and helped the students build their newspaper dome.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Marine Conservation Initiative Named Winner of the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Alexander Walter 2011-06-13T12:58:04-04:00 >2011-06-13T13:07:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blue Ventures, a conservation organization that simultaneously protects marine environments while improving the standard of living in some of the world's poorest coastal communities, has been named the winner of the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The London based non-profit, which validates the bio-economic viability of conservation, was awarded $100,000 to further develop and scale up its work.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bucky's Fly's Eye Dome Now Fully Restorated Alexander Walter 2011-05-26T14:41:13-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="671" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Restoration work on one of Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s most iconic structures, the 24 foot Fly&rsquo;s Eye Dome, was completed yesterday, and the restored dome was unveiled to the public at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goetz Composites</a> in Bristol, RI.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Patented in 1965, Fuller created two prototypes of this structure &ndash; a 24 foot and 50 foot dome. Fuller writes in his seminal book, <em>Critical Path</em> that &ldquo;the Fly&rsquo;s Eye domes are designed as part of a &lsquo;livingry&rsquo; service. The basic hardware components will produce a beautiful, fully equipped air-deliverable house that weighs and costs about as much as a good automobile. Not only will it be highly efficient in its use of energy and materials, it also will be capable of harvesting incoming light and wind energies.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The 24 foot dome has undergone extensive restorations in an effort to return the dome to its original condition by the renowned Bristol, RI-based Goetz Composites, fabricators of some of the most successful race boats in the world including three of today&rsquo;s m...</p> 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalists Announced Archinect 2011-04-08T17:40:52-04:00 >2011-04-08T17:40:55-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Buckminster Fuller Institute announced the Semi-Finalists for the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The jury will select a winner who will be revealed at a public ceremony in New York in early June 2011. The winner will be presented with the OmniOculi sculpture and the $100,000 prize money to honor and encourage further development of their work.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>