A combination of ‘dynamic’, ‘maximum’, and ‘tension’, dymaxion was at first just a conjoined word used to name Fuller’s first architectural model. But the term stuck, and he started to use it for all of his designs, each one revising what we thought was the best way to live.
Fuller had a knack for upsetting common beliefs about the world and the universe, and his frustration with the words we used to describe our world culminated in the Dymaxion Map.
A two-dimensional model that could be folded to fit around an icosahedron, the dymaxion map showed each continent together as a near-contiguous island of countries.
What the Map Meant
The map shows no distortion of the landmasses so that certain countries are more prominent than others. There is no center or point of origin in the map, so no one place can be the object of our attention. All that’s there is everything, the deck to our planet that will reach Utopia or Oblivion.