Register for an account


Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.


Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.


Does Your House Have Robotic Vision (Yet)?

Buckminster Fuller's revolutionary ideas go on public display.

By Amber FieldsJuly 1, 2008 5:00 AM
Images courtesy of R. Buckminster Fuller Estate | NULL


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Although the interlocking tetrahedrons of the geodesic dome have yet to replace the inefficient rectangles of modern housing, Buckminster Fuller’s legendary building design remains the best combination of strength and lightness ever devised. The dome’s structure inspired an explanation of the architecture of human red blood cells, the discovery of fullerene molecules (which take the form of buckyballs and carbon nanotubes), and ways to process data for robotic vision.

Fuller imagined a full-scale technological revolution in which designers would run the world, and innovation and conservation would benefit everyone, even the have-nots. His notebooks, models, and inventions—including the last surviving three-wheeled Dymaxion car—are now on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The exhibition “Buckminster Fuller: Starting With the Universe” runs from June 26 through September 21; it will travel to Chicago in the summer of 2009.

3 Free Articles Left

Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.


Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 50%


Already a subscriber? Register or Log In