Architecting the Future Buckminster Fuller and Lord Norman Foster 11/28/11

Architecting the Future: Buckminster Fuller & Lord Norman Foster
Monday, November 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Palm Lot
140 NE 39 Street

The Architecting the Future: Buckminster Fuller & Norman Foster exhibition will bring together for the first time in decades two iconic inventions by the groundbreaking architect, designer and inventor Buckminster Fuller. On display in the Miami Design District, will be Fuller’s 24 foot “Fly’s Eye Dome” and his famous 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. Equally important in Fuller’s re-thinking of our basic human systems was his 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. The exhibition is sponsored by Miami Design District Associates.

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