His philosophical plans were as coherent as were his designs for futuristic automobiles, dwellings, and even revisions of mapping.
Now, his ideas were coherent but not necessarily easy to understand on a first read-through or listen. His writing was full of clauses and his speeches stuffed with hyphenated words that attempted to compound his diverse ideas.
For no particular anniversary, I will be publishing a series of articles on Buckminster Fuller at Serious Wonder this week. We will look at his designs and ideas and trace them to the present moment and see how they may be used in the future.
Buckminster Fuller often stood as a solitary character, shirking institutional acceptance for integrity and practical discipline.
For me, Fuller defined his artistic and philosophical indignation in an address to some professors at MIT who he thought were too loose with the scientific principles they supposedly taught.
Fuller’s dismissal of lazy thinking elevated those thinkers who fully committed to discovering human and technological potential.
His attitude is one all futurists should adopt towards a world that may be hostile to inventive thinking.
“I note that scientists also use the words ‘up’ and ‘down’ hundreds of times daily. So I asked the M.I.T faculty if any of them could tell me what part of the universe is ‘up.’ Are the people in China upside down? Those deeply in-conditioned words ‘up and ‘down’ are derived from the millenniums in which man thought erroneously of his universe as an horizontal island…”
The Dymaxion Life
What we will look at is Fuller’s model for a truly dymaxion world, to use his terminology. Dynamic, maximum, tension.