The Dymaxion Index

June 23rd, 2009 | researchmaterial

A short collection of "official" materials regarding Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion concept. Which actually killed a bloke.

DYMAXION

DYnamic — MAXimum – tensION

At the heart of Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion concept is the idea that rational action in a rational world demands the most efficient overall performance per unit of input. His Dymaxion structures, then are those that yield the greatest possible efficiency in terms of available technology.

In this section you will find resources and information about some of Fuller’s most compelling applications of this set of criteria including the Dymaxion House, car, bathroom, etc.

As failed futures go, this one always struck me as particularly sad.

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2 Responses to “The Dymaxion Index”

  1. I agree, Bucky is still one of my heroes. There was an amazing retrospective of his life’s work at the Whitney Museum in NYC last fall which layed out his vision of the future to a T. He thought big about the long term survival of our species on this planet and tried to design around our collective flaws using what was bleeding edge math and materials for his day. Unbelievable ambition, soaring imagination, and not a small amount of hubris gave rise to his vision of super-efficient machines making the most of our limited and ever-increasingly scarce resources. oh, and lots of dirigibles.

    “A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. ”
    -R. Buckminster Fuller

  2. Bucky may get his revenge yet. Even assuming the crazy people talking about doming Houston don’t build the world’s largest buckydome, the c60 molecule, known colloquially as the buckyball because it is a geodesic shape and resemblance to the structures Bucky invented, will probably be very important in our carbon based future. He envisioned a world built out of geodesics, and he may be right, just on the nano scale instead of the macro scale.