He critiques the techno-utopianism of Buckminster Fuller
and questions the architecture of capitalism promoted by Robert Venturi and Scott Brown.
The opening episode highlighted the work of American architect and engineer Buckminster Fuller
, developer of the geodesic dome, while the second examined the use of pesticides in intensive farming and their long-term effects.
Dome Home on South Forest Avenue.
Richard Buckminster Fuller
, the lead architect who worked on putting the now iconic geodesic dome together, believed that the structure would be capable of "enclosing sufficient space for whole future communities to live in a benign physical microcosm."
When Buckminster Fuller
erected a massive geodesic dome, dubbed Biosphere, for the United States' pavilion at the 1967 World Exposition in Montreal, it marked a watershed moment for the cross pollination of architecture, art, and technology.
Among the architects that contributed to the project are Paul Rudolph, Alden Dow of Midland, Michigan, George Nelson and Buckminster Fuller
. Today, newly discovered floor plans make it possible to imagine some of these projects in 3D, with the help of modern technological advance.
One legacy of the highly-evolved design elements was Expo's built legacy including Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67, the residential 'boxes on the hillside', and America's avant-garde geodesic dome by Buckminster Fuller
. Another legacy to the nation was a bridge between the 'two solitudes', although 1967 was also the year of the FLQ crisis and the jarring spectacle of the president of France, Charles De Gaulle on the steps of Montreal's Hotel de Ville (city hall) declaring "Vive le Quebec libre!".
's glass dome over Manhattan, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Epcotization of Ellis Island were not quite taken seriously and are amusing in their flagrant unreality.
This dream city is revealed through drawings, renderings and models, and includes such imaginative follies as Buckminster Fuller
's vision for Brooklyn's Dodger Stadium under a massive geodesic dome to Frank Lloyd Wright's city-making master plan for Ellis Island.
"The Vow-Powered Life" presents secular and spiritual wisdom from both East and West, highlighting figures such as Martha Graham, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Buckminster Fuller
. "The Vow-Powered Life" will help us to examine the vows we have already made for ourselves and the vows we've unconsciously inherited.
Inspired by the shape explored by futurist and inventor Buckminster Fuller
, Buckyball is the creation of New York-based artist Leo Villareal, celebrated in San Francisco for his monumental public sculpture on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, The Bay Lights.
I recall that Buckminster Fuller
came to one the seminars I attended.