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Architecting the Future: Buckminster Fuller & Lord Norman Foster / Design District, Miami

November 29, 2011

The Design Miami satellite exhibition Architecting the Future: Buckminster Fuller & Lord Norman Foster in Miami’s Design District is dedicated to two iconic inventions by architect, designer and inventor Buckminster Fuller: the Fly’s Eye Dome and the Dymaxion 4 car.

In 1961, the Fly’s Eye Dome was envisioned by Fuller as a fully functional, air deployable, low cost off-the-grid shelter. Though never fully realized in his lifetime, Fuller created three prototypes – a 12, 24 and 50 foot dome. A historic restoration of the 24 foot dome was recently completed in Bristol, RI.

Also on display is Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion car. This ‘omni-directional transport system’ (patent 1937) was intended to fly, jump-jet style, when suitable alloys and engines became available. Three cars were produced in Fuller’s lifetime. Renowned contemporary architect Lord Norman Foster recently reconstructed Fuller’s Dymaxion Car in England – Dymaxion 4.

The 24 foot dome is a part of the Craig Robins Collection. It will be installed in a pedestrian plaza currently being developed in the heart of the Miami Design District.

Architecting the Future: Buckminster Fuller & Lord Norman Foster. Design District, Miami. Press reception, November 28, 2011.

PS: For a concept similar to Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome, click here: Matti Suuronen’s Futuro – House of the Future.

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2 Responses to “Architecting the Future: Buckminster Fuller & Lord Norman Foster / Design District, Miami”

  1. Design Miami 2011 | VernissageTV art tv Says:
    November 30th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    [...] Architecting the Future: Buckminster Fuller & Lord Norman Foster / Design District, Miami | [...]

  2. Design Miami 2011 - 1-954-270-7404 Says:
    December 1st, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    [...] Among this year’s highlights are a solo exhibition of the work by architect, sculptor, inventor and morphologist Dr. Haresh Lalvani at Moss Gallery, Studio Job’s Containers II series at VIVID Gallery, a site-specific installation by Designer of the Year Award winner David Adjaye, and Erwin Redl’s installation Crystal Matrix II at Swarovski Crystal Palace. As part of the show’s series of satellite exhibitions, the Miami Design District presents in collaboration with the Buckminster Fuller Foundation, utopian architect Fuller’s 1970s Fly’s Eye Dome alongside Lord Norman Foster’s reconstructed Dymaxion car (see video here).” [...]

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