Not original to Fuller, the geodesic dome was created by the German engineer Walther Bauersfeld. It took Bucky to first call it geodesic, though, and it became his trademark.
Originating from a triangle that thus forms a tetrahedron, the sphere or half-sphere geodesic structure is surprisingly angular. The tetrahedrons create octahedrons that then combine to form an icosahedron. The geodesic dome is a startling example of engineering but also natural patterns.
Danish People's Dome
Modern and future versions of geodesic structures are abundant. There is the giant biosphere in Montreal, and the more recent Danish People’s Dome.
It was originally built as a temporary installation at a music festival, but the Danish People’s Dome will stand permanently.
This is Part Three of a three-part series on Buckminster Fuller. Read Part Two here.