PRINT November 2008


I DIDN’T GIVE R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER much thought until 2000, when I moved into my geodesic dome–topped house on Sundown Drive in the hills of Los Angeles. The following year, I began a series of loose, last-minute salon events with no budget (which later transformed into an educational project). I think the psychic draw of the geodesic dome attracted people to these events and, in fact, made the gatherings possible. Typically, in the United States, you experience that sort of hemispheric space only in Neoclassical structures. You’re down below, looking up. But by actually inhabiting the sphere, you feel as if you are at the center of everything.

Fuller made a lifelong argument for the generalist. “I am not a category,” he wrote in 1970. If a certain idea required him to make a map, say, then he became a cartographer. That’s how I’ve been most inspired by Fuller: There is no single discipline

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