Buckminster Fuller

The Actions and Legacies of a Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Scientist

Legacies: Impact

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R. Buckminster Fuller

Fuller with models and charts
Fuller with models and charts

Buckminster Fuller was a visionary, futurist, architect, engineer, humanitarian, and revolutionary man ahead of his time. Fuller solved many of humanity's problems in the 56 years he devoted to his work. He designed his Geodesic Dome to demonstrate principles of Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science at work. Fuller said,

"World society has throughout its millions of years on earth made its judgments upon visible, tangible, sensorially demonstrable criteria. We may safely say that the world is keeping its eye on the unimportant, visible one per cent of the historical transformation, while missing the significance of the ninety-nine per cent of over-all, unseen changes. Forms are inherently visible and no longer can 'forms follow functions,' because the significant functions are invisible."

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Fuller on an increasing standard of living

Fuller contemplates
Fuller contemplates


Fuller's accomplishments set him apart as an individual. He started as an unemployed, grieving father and committed himself to "providing the instruments with which others [can] play lovely music." His mindset of ephemeralization was unique in the rapidly-evolving 20th Century. Fuller's philosophy shows that making the most of the constraints we are given can create a superior way of life. Buckminster Fuller's impact is not over, as his Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science continues to influence our thoughts, actions, and designs of our future.


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