Richard Buckminster Fuller

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller.

Richard Buckminster Fuller's dome house

Richard Buckminster Fuller, born in 1895, was an American architect, designer, inventor, and writer. He was a futuristic person, and his works reflect this. As an inventor, he invented and developed various architectural designs, the most popular of which was the geodesic dome. 

The Bernard Judge Residence, one of the most famous domes in America, was built in 1962 in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, CA. Along with the architect, Fuller was also a writer with over 30 books. He received many awards for his contribution throughout America. 

At an early age, he studied at Milton Academy in Massachusetts and then studied at Harvard College. However, as an architect, his popularization began after his massive geodesic domes in the 1950s. This not only gives him recognition locally but also internationally.

After his global success, Fuller started giving speeches at different universities. In his architectural life, he met many architects, but one of his meetings with Shoji Sadao in 1954 changed his life. With Shoji Sadao, he co-founded the architectural firm Fuller & Sadao Inc. in 1964. His first project was building the largest dome in the US Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal. This dome is now known as the “Montreal Biosphere.”

Fuller built more than 500,000 geodesic domes in his lifetime. Fantasy Entertainment Complex and Multi-Purpose Arena in Japan, Tacoma Dome, Superior Dome, and Walkup Skydome in the USA were some of the largest domes. He died on July 1, 1983, and gave us the most precious knowledge of architecture, design, philosophy, and invention.

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