Modules: Geodesic Domes

⇑Fastwürms, ex ovo omnia @ Donald Forster Sculpture Park @ AGG

According to Wikipedia, “Richard Buckminster Fuller (/ˈfʊlər/; July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983)[1] was an American architectsystems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist.” While he did not invent the geodesic dome, he popularized its form and function throughout North America starting in the late 1940s in collaboration with artist Kenneth Snelson at Black Mountain College. Again, Wiki: “A geodesic dome is a hemispherical thin-shell structure (lattice-shell) based on a geodesic polyhedron. The triangular elements of the dome are structurally rigid and distribute the structural stress throughout the structure, making geodesic domes able to withstand very heavy loads for their size.” It is EXTREMELY strong and inherently stable.

Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic domes and other structures:

Class Activity:

using toothpicks + candy or marshmallows, work in pairs of 2 or 3 to create increasingly complex structures.

we will start with 5 minutes, then 10, then 25.

one of your sculptures must be abstract / geometric, one must be an animal, and one is up to you!