Bucky's Daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder on NPR

Allegra Fuller Snyder was interviewed by Don Marsh on St Louis Public radio about her father’s legacy and her recent visit to SIU.

 Allegra Fuller Snyder, Bucky’s daughter, 91 photo by Evie Hemple

Allegra Fuller Snyder, Bucky’s daughter, 91 photo by Evie Hemple

'He was always a step ahead': Buckminster Fuller's lingering influence on St. Louis, the world 

Listen here to Allegra's Interview with Don Marsh:

By EVIE HEMPHILL  NOV 9, 2018  • St. Louis on the Air

For decades, R. Buckminster Fuller was known around the globe for his scholarship and his vision of a future that could work for everyone aboard what he described as “spaceship earth.” By the middle of the 20th century, he saw two possible destinations on humanity’s horizon – utopia or oblivion – and his lectures and writings still resonate today.

Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) designed the 1960s-built geodesic dome at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as well as several similar structures in the St. Louis region.

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“He was always a step ahead of where the rest of us were, but very excited and eager to bring us all with him,” his 91-year-old daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder, said Friday on St. Louis on the Air.

In town for what’s been billed as a “Bucky Weekend” celebrating the late architect’s legacy in the St. Louis region, she joined host Don Marsh for the conversation alongside Benjamin Lowder, creative director of the Fuller Dome at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Fuller Snyder described her father as a wonderful and challenging person who thought deeply about both the big picture and the seemingly small things – like the power of individual human beings.

“He felt that all of us were incredibly empowered … and that we each really had the capability of really making major changes, not only for ourselves but for everybody else,” she said. “It was really his hope and his goal.”

Lowder noted that “Bucky” Fuller’s local connections are still visible across the bi-state area, with domes such as the Fuller Dome and the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden speaking to his impact both in terms of design and philosophy.

“I think the St. Louis region and extending across the river into Southern Illinois is the richest area in the world for built structures referencing Buckminster Fuller’s legacy,” Lowder said.

School of Architecture Pumpkin Display at the Bucky Dome Home

School of Architecture Pumpkin Display

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018

  • 6:30 PM  8:00 PM

   Image and caption from the 2016 Daily Egyptian coverage of this event:   Lindy Loyd, a Bucky Dome board member, lights jack-o’-lanterns Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at the Buckminster Fuller Dome Home in Carbondale. The pumpkins, carved by SIU architecture and interior design students, were displayed for visitors and trick or treaters to view. “No one else is doing anything like this,” architecture professor Jon Davey said. “It gives the students a good time.” The students were assigned to carve the pumpkins over the weekend. Amongst nearly 80 pumpkins, designs included the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the U.S. Capitol Building. (Ryan Michalesko | @photosbylesko)

Image and caption from the 2016 Daily Egyptian coverage of this event: Lindy Loyd, a Bucky Dome board member, lights jack-o’-lanterns Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at the Buckminster Fuller Dome Home in Carbondale. The pumpkins, carved by SIU architecture and interior design students, were displayed for visitors and trick or treaters to view. “No one else is doing anything like this,” architecture professor Jon Davey said. “It gives the students a good time.” The students were assigned to carve the pumpkins over the weekend. Amongst nearly 80 pumpkins, designs included the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the U.S. Capitol Building. (Ryan Michalesko | @photosbylesko)

Want to know what we've been up to at the Bucky Fuller Dome Home? Come out on All Hallows Eve to see 30 different pumpkins from around the world carved by the SIU Carbondale architecture students. Guided tours of the Dome will also be available. 

“No one else is doing anything like this,” architecture professor Jon Davey said. “It gives the students a good time.”

For more information, please contact Architecture Professor and Bucky Dome Home Board President, Jon Davey 618-559-8931 jdavey@siu.edu

Prof. Jon Davey to Present at Sustainability Faire

Fuller Dome Home Board President, Jon Davey, will be sharing information regarding the significance of Buckminster Fuller's legacy as well as the on-going efforts to preserve Bucky's geodesic dome home in Carbondale, Illinois. Professor Davey will present his lecture at the Owl Creek Gazette Self-Reliance and Sustainability Faire this Saturday, April 14th at 11:00am.

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Bucky's House Open for Tours Eclipse Weekend

The Buckminster Fuller Dome Home will be open for tours on the weekend leading up to the total solar eclipse. The Dome Home is in the path of the total solar eclipse transiting over the U. S. on August 21st. For those in Carbondale, IL for this once in a lifetime eclipse viewing, Bucky's house is open for tours: 10:00AM to 4:00PM • Saturday, 8/19 & Sunday, 8/20. 

 NASA map showing the August 21st, 2017 total solar eclipse transit over Southern Illinois

NASA map showing the August 21st, 2017 total solar eclipse transit over Southern Illinois

We Are at the Eclipse Crossroads

Carbondale and the Fuller Dome Home's location on "Spaceship Earth" is situated at the crossroads of two major solar eclipses. The first eclipse occurs this year on August 21st, 2017 and the second will happen in 2024. The paths of these two eclipses, as they travel through the sky above the United States, will intersect here in Southern Illinois.

The total solar eclipse enters Illinois at 1:17 p.m. CDT and leaves at 1:25 p.m. The shadow of the Moon is speeding through Illinois at about 1825 miles per hour! This a truly auspicious occasion for us at the Fuller Dome Home considering the importance that Bucky attributed to observing the grand patterns of universal integrity demonstrated in planetary movements. The significance Bucky gave to planetary movements is evident in this quote regarding the requisites for educating children:

"The most important thing to teach your children is that the sun does not rise and set. It is the Earth that revolves around the sun. Then teach them the concepts of North, South, East and West, and that they relate to where they happen to be on the planet's surface at that time. Everything else will follow." - Buckminster Fuller