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* Architecture + Design: Exhibitions: “The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area” at SFMoMA

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 22 April 2012

Architecture + Design: Exhibitions: “The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area” at SFMoMA: “This exhibition is the first of its kind, featuring Buckminster Fuller’s most iconic projects as well a focus on his local design legacy in the Bay Area. Though he was never a resident, Fuller’s ideas inspired many local experiments in the realms of technology, engineering and sustainability..Fuller’s imaginative works will be represented primarily with prints from the Inventions: Twelve Around One portfolio (1981), as well as several key works on loan from the R. Buckminster Fuller Archive at Stanford University. The exhibition also includes other Bay Area endeavors inspired by Fuller’s thinking, such as low-cost laptops from Yves Behar and Nicholas Negroponte’s “One Laptop per Child” initiative; the North Face’s Oval Intention, the first dome-shaped tent to best the sheet-thrown-over-a-rod design (demonstrating Fuller’s notion “tensegrity,” or tensional integrity, if you will); David de Rothschild’s Plastiki sailboat, the recycled catamaran of 12,500 plastic water bottles that sailed from San Francisco to Australia; and Stewart Brand‘s comprehensive “Whole Earth Catalog.” Through 29 July 2012; The Utopian Impulse – BUCKMINSTER FULLER AND THE BAY AREA at SFMoMA.

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image: Buckminster Fuller and Chuck Byrne, Building Construction/Geodesic Dome, United States Patent Office no. 2,682,235, from the portfolio Inventions: Twelve Around One, 1981; screen print in white ink on clear polyester film; 30 in. x 40 in. (76.2 cm x 101.6 cm); Collection SFMOMA, gift of Chuck and Elizabeth Byrne; © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, All Rights reserved. Published by Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati; article: Rosenfield , Karissa . “SFMoMA Exhibit: “The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area”” 06 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/224032&gt;

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