R. Buckminster Fuller Program: Where to go next…

JAN 6, 2011

Resources for learning more about R. Buckminster Fuller.

Where to go next…

Resources for learning more about R. Buckminster Fuller

Books by Bucky

H Critical Path
Education Automation
It Came to Pass, Not to Stay
No More Secondhand God
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
Utopia or Oblivion: The Prospects for Humanity

Books about Bucky

H Buckminster Fuller: An Autobiographical Monologue/Scenario by Robert Snyder – a companion work to the films by Bucky’s son-in-law, Academy Award winner Robert Snyder.
Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe (Whitney Museum of American Art Book) by K. Michael Hays and Dana A. Miller – the catalogue from an exhibit about Buckminster Fuller at the Whitney Museum
Bucky: A Guided Tour of Buckminster Fuller by Hugh Kenner – a portrait of Bucky by the critic who also covered Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Ezra Pound.
H Bucky Works: Buckminster Fuller’s Ideas for Today by J. Baldwin – a beautifully illustrated introduction to Bucky’s ideas across multiple genres.
H A Fuller Explanation by Amy C. Edmonson – an introduction to Bucky’s concepts for a non-scientific audience.
Your Private Sky: R. Buckminster Fuller ed. Joachim Krausse and Claude Lichtenstein – a rich collection of Bucky imagery.
Buckminster Fuller – Anthology for the New Millenium edited by Thomas T.K. Zung – a collection of essays.
Buckminster Fuller’s Universe: His Life and Work by Lloyd Sieden – a biography.

H Especially user-friendly places to start

Websites to explore

• The Buckminster Fuller Institute – includes news, links to online books, articles, and transcripts, including the full transcripts of the 42-hour “Everything I Know” interview series.
• Stanford University R. Buckminster Fuller Archive – includes a timeline, biography, and photos; registered users can access more information, including videos. Registration is free.
• Foundation for New Directions – a Belmont-based organization devoted to holistic living, founded by Bucky’s contemporary Dr. Martin Solit.
• Synchronofile – covers a wide variety of Bucky resources as well as links to a number of articles.
• Synergetics Collaborative – an organization devoted to bringing together like-minded Fuller followers through events that educate and support research of Synergetics.
• Syntropy – CJ Fearnley, who writes the Syntropy blog, is the head of the Synergetics Collaborative.


The World of Buckminster Fuller, produced by Robert Snyder
Reflections: R. Buckminster Fuller, produced by Robert Snyder & Jaime Snyder
Basic Bucky: R. Buckminster Fuller, produced by Robert Snyd

Robert Snyder’s Bucky documentaries, produced by the Masters & Masterworks series, can be purchased at

Places to visit

• Bucky, his wife Anne, and many other Fullers are buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery at 580 Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge.
• The Royal Sonesta Hotel at 40 Edwin Land Boulevard in Cambridge has several of Bucky’s blueprints and photos of associated structures hanging on the lobby walls.
• The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, houses the only full-scale model of Bucky’s Dymaxion House.
• The Gold Dome in Oklahoma City contains offices and shops as well as an exhibit of Bucky’s works.
• The Montreal Biosphere in Quebec, Canada, is a geodesic dome built for the 1967 World Expo. It is now a museum dedicated to the environment.
• Science World at Telus World of Science in Vancouver, Canada, is a geodesic dome which boasts a wide array of exhibits.
• The Eden Project in Cornwall, U.K., is a series of geodesic biome dome greenhouses. The Project features the world’s largest greenhouse.
• Spaceship Earth at Epcot Center in Disney World is an 18-story geodesic sphere and the main focal point of Epcot.

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. The Institute aims to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are lead- ing the creation of an abundant and restorative world economy that benefits all humanity.

The Institute’s programs combine unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design. It encourages participants to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on a crucial synthesis of whole systems thinking, Nature’s fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview.

By facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, the Institute’s work extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. In this way, it strives to catalyze the collective intelligence required to fully address the unprecedented challenges before us.


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