The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller launches the 2015 PuSh Festival early

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      It’s a three-way made in arts heaven: beloved indie icons Yo La Tengo, Academy Award–nominated documentary director Sam Green, and inventor extraordinaire R. Buckminster Fuller (pictured), all joining forces for an early launch of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

      The just-announced, one-night-only performance at the Vogue Theatre doesn’t happen till November 12, but we wanted to tell you now because tickets go on sale September 15 via The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller is a “live documentary” created and narrated by Green and accompanied by Yo La Tengo on-stage. Through film, words, and music, together they explore the contributions and philosophies of the late Fuller, a man best known for creating the geodesic dome (hello, Science World), but who also pushed design, architecture, and engineering to improve human lives. The event, coproduced with CDm2 Lightworks, will also include announcements of the lineup for the PuSh fest in January and February.



      Geodesic Dome - Fuller Didn't Invent It

      Sep 4, 2014 at 10:16am

      Fuller didn't actually invent the geodesic dome but received the patent for it.
      The world's first lightweight steel structural framework was built on the roof of the Carl Zeiss optical works in Jena, Germany in 1922. When covered with ferro cement the structure became the first thin- shell concrete structure in history. What is even more remarkable about the dome is that it was almost incidental to a spectacular scientific and technical accomplishment: invention of the planetarium projector. The inventor of the projector and the dome was Dr. Walter Bauersfeld, chief designed at the Zeiss works.

      From Wikipedia:

      The geodesic dome

      Fuller was most famous for his lattice shell structures – geodesic domes, which have been used as parts of military radar stations, civic buildings, environmental protest camps and exhibition attractions. An examination of the geodesic design by Walther Bauersfeld for the Zeiss-Planetarium, built some 20 years prior to Fuller's work, reveals that Fuller's Geodesic Dome patent (U.S. 2,682,235; awarded in 1954), follows the same design as Bauersfeld's.[36]

      Nature invented the shape

      Sep 16, 2014 at 4:58pm

      Fullerenes (buckyballs) already exist in nature as spherical carbon molecules, therefore nobody invented them. But Fuller was less an inventor and more of a thinker, with countless ideas and innovations that are beyond this cliched architecture. He even experimented on himself, with things like sleep deprivation.