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THE DOME HOME

In April 1960 Buckminster Fuller assembled his geodesic dome home in Carbondale Illinois and lived in it with his wife Anne until 1971. Considered to be one of the strongest and most efficient structures known to humankind, the geodesic dome is Buckminster Fuller's most enduring legacy. He patented the dome home in 1954 as a solution to humanity's need for safe, affordable and accessible housing. This original dome home was constructed by Pease Homes, a company who licensed Fuller's 1954 patent in hopes of stimulating a dome home construction boom.

BUCKY'S TIME AT SIUC

A Professor in the Design Department at Southern Illinois University from 1959 to 1972, Bucky is a unique figure in Carbondale history, and a grandfather of the green movement. He produced some of his most important work during his time as a distinguished University Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1959 to 1971. While a professor at SIUC, Bucky made the front cover of Time Magazine and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Additionally, during his twelve years in Carbondale he produced some of his most influential writing; more than a quarter of his 23 patents, and the bestowing of nearly half his 48 honorary doctorates.

Bucky giving a lecture to students and faculty on the SIUC campus

Bucky over-seeing the construction of he and Anne's dome home in Carbondale,IL


We've all heard the phrase home is where the heart is, but how often can it be said that home is where the soul is? Yet about the Buckminster Fuller Dome nothing can describe it better. Designed by the architect himself it was to embody his ideals for the future, both those he had for the world and for his own. Some might have become familiar with this name from the Jeff Bridges' acceptance speech at the 76th Golden Globes, which may have confused much of the audience and internet but brought smiles to those who knew.

Born in Massachusetts in 1895, Richard Buckminster Fuller, or “Bucky”, found a love for nature and public service from his family trips to Bear Island in Maine and instilled values. Throughout his life, Fuller would patent 25 inventions, all centered around helping people. He saw a vision where man understood the planet from which he was created. A vision of the world where man coexisted with Earth in a grander “living system,” where we could use the resources of planet without destroying them. This same thought extended to man's connection with society as a whole and the infamous trim-tab. A trim-tab is a smaller rudder on a larger rudder that improves the efficiency and overall effectiveness of a vessel, whether boat or plane. It does this by adjusting the angle, or direction of the ship. It is a small connection to a larger device and moves opposite to the larger device in order to enable the larger device to change the direction of the entire entity — a “contrarian” concept to produce the new direction. Without one, the vessel does not adapt as easily to its changing environment and is in greater danger of falling to the perils of nature. The world of man needs and has individuals whom serve as trim-tabs, guiding it on a course to a better future. Buckminster Fuller was one of these individuals. His beliefs on connecting people and the world are what earned him his place in history. He inspired the modern movements to save our planet, without losing what we desire most. Progress towards a better future. Progress towards a better life.