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This volume takes a fresh look at the work of R. Buckminster Fuller, the famed architect, designer, inventor, and futurist. Leading scholars from a variety of fields reconsider Fuller, on the basis of the 1,300-plus linear feet of material newly accessible in the Fuller Archive at Stanford, and offer an extensive account of his contributions. Instead of lauding Fuller as a prophet whose work foretold sustainable architecture and nanotechnology, or dismissing him as a "delirious technician" with a talent for linguistic obfuscation, New Views on R. Buckminster Fuller presents a more balanced picture of the man and his work than has previously been available.
Hsiao-Yun Chu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Industry at San Francisco State University. Prior to this position, she was Assistant Curator of the R. Buckminster Fuller Collection at Stanford University. Roberto Trujillo is Head of Special Collections at the Stanford Library.
Table of Contents
Paper Mausoleum: The Archive of R. Buckminster Fuller
1927, Bucky's Annus Mirabilis
R. Buckminster Fuller: America's Last Genuine Utopian?
Thinking and Building: The Formation of R. Buckminster Fuller's Key Concepts in "Lightful Houses"
"Spirit-House" and "Steppenwolf" Avant-Garde: American Origins in the Dymaxion House Concept
Energy in the Thought and Design of R. Buckminster Fuller
Necessary Beauty: Fuller's Sumptuary Aesthetic
Backyard Landing: Three Structures by Buckminster Fuller
R. Buckminster Fuller: A Technocrat for the Counterculture
Fluid Geographies: Politics and the Revolution by Design
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