R. Buckminster Fuller
Sixty-Strut Tensegrity Sphere
Stainless steel and wire
9 ft. diameter
Donated by Leah “Lee” Temkin and family in memory of Blair “Bud” Tempkin
Considered “the first poet of technology,” Fuller was a visionary inventor, engineer, architect, and artist. His lifelong interest in technology’s ability to revolutionize construction methods resulted in innovative new forms for buildings. The geodesic dome, a structure designed to enclose the maximum internal volume with the minimum amount of structure possible, was his biggest commercial success. Fuller’s global humanitarian aims are at the core of his inventions. Each of his innovations sought to consider the world’s problems. In this vein, he was an early advocate for conservation of resources and motivated individuals to think comprehensively about the planet.
Sixty-Strut Tensegrity Sphere is located in the south atrium of the Engineering Centers Building, near the Engineering Drive entrance.
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Gorman, John Michael. Buckminster Fuller: Designing for Mobility. Milan: Skira, 2005.
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