Perhaps no other Twentieth Century figure has had more influence on today’s aspiring individuals wishing to design in an effort to combat crisis as much as Buckminster Fuller has. However, Fuller, as his admirers have come to know him, almost never existed. Kicked out of Harvard twice and a self-proclaimed fraternity ‘misfit’, he considered suicide after compounded issues of financial and professional woes, alcohol abuse, and the death of daughter pushed him to the edge. An epiphany struck him in what were to be his last moments that he could somehow devote the rest of his life and his efforts to make an impact in the world for the betterment of humanity.
For the next five decades of his life, this man’s work accounted for dozens of books, patents, honorary doctorates, and design awards addressing issues in the arts and sciences, engineering, and humanities. Architecturally, he is most widely known for his invention of the geodesic dome, still considered the most efficient space-enclosing and cost-effective structural system in the world. Today there are an estimated 300,000+ geodesic structures in the world, and many of today’s emergency relief shelters and facilities take direct inspiration from this system.
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CRISIS > a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, environmental, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change