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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Literary Dose #36

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[Geodesic dome over Midtown Manhattan | image source]
"I find Bucky [Fuller] more and more inspirational, especially for the freedom of his research. Two projects done with Shoji Sadao in 1960 make the point. The first of these is the much-ridiculed dome over Midtown Manhattan, criticized either as “impractical” (how to buff the glass, how to get the traffic through) or as simply a megalomaniacal expression of an environment overly controlled [as I did]. Such criticisms miss the project’s simple point: The membrane has a surface area approximately 1/64 that of the aggregated exteriors of all the buildings within it, and Bucky argued that the larger the dome, the greater the energy conserved. The Manhattan dome is simply rhetorical, a device to describe the environmental inefficiencies of standard practice."
- Michael Sorkin, from "Bucky lives! Why Fuller matters more today than ever before" in Architectural Record, November 2008, p.

2 comments:

  1. This reminds me of the Superstudio and Archizooom Associati. Inventing "superachitecture" ... fascinating!! If you take a look do not miss the "No-Stop-City" by Archizoom and if ever you have the chance to come across the "12 ideal cities" by Superstudio, DONT MISS IT!

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  2. can't blame the critics. He wanted it as a solution to postWWII housing problems. It's prolly more relevant now than in situ. anyway... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0sO93nu-Wk&feature=related << go watch Eisenman's take on Fuller's Geodesic Dome. quite amusing, and take it with a pinch of salt!

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