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  1. page Fuller, Richard Buckminster edited ... Fuller's brush with disaster, failure, catastrophe and near-suicide formed a permanent launchi…
    Fuller's brush with disaster, failure, catastrophe and near-suicide formed a permanent launching pad. Like the starting point for a pole vaulter (an analogy Fuller favored), he began many of his lectures and thinking-out-loud sessions with tales of his 1927 rebirth. Fuller found that a the loss of conventional bearings, the death of habit and family structure, and meditation on the unity of all things (as reflected in the laws of energy conservation) were essential to rethinking structure and the deployment of forces inherent in tensegrity research. They inculcated a perspective on selflessness, a holistic view of humanity as a single body, a commitment to discarding conventional habits and a passion for discovering Truth.
    The role of the crisis in Fuller's intellectual life is made clearer by comparison with other leading inventors and artists who suffered similar crises. A few examples from early 1900's East Coast America include Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Mark Twain.
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    Nikola Tesla contracted cholera at age 17 and nearly died. He later wrote in his autobiography that his father pledged, on Nikola's deathbed, that if Nikola lived he could be an engineer rather than a priest. This rejuvenated the dying Tesla, and he went on to a long productive life.
    Mark Twain, on finding his trusted aides had written him out of his personal fortune, felt suicidal and depressed. Opening a book in his vast library, he came across a passage in which James Lowell wrote about his own contemplated suicide sixty years before. Michael Sheldin recounts the incident,
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  2. page Fuller, Richard Buckminster edited ... Mr. Fuller's idol Henry Ford, hero to him and most Americans, was also undergoing a crisis. Hi…
    Mr. Fuller's idol Henry Ford, hero to him and most Americans, was also undergoing a crisis. His Model T had lost market share, ridiculed as passe, while its inventor was paraded in the daily papers as an ignoramus, untrained in history, and on trial for publishing libels in his newspapers.
    Yet this was the Roaring Twenties. In Chicago, where Fuller lived, a frenzied optimism ruled. Jazz music, prohibition and Flappers' styles set a tone of freedom and individualistic empowerment, proving that old conventions could be discarded. Babe Ruth hit record home runs, airplanes set heroic distance records weekly, movies began talking, and wireless radio and wireless electric power seemed magical. On the tragic side the largest flood in U.S.A. history engulfed the Mississippi basin and anarchists and Al Capone's gang set bombs and murdered dozens.
    Lincoln Park, longbeside the waters
    Michigan, the cold sun shone
    At the heart of the transformation was his newborn daughter. He feared her dying a lingering diseased death as her sister had four years before. He measured her footprints, height changes and measured his own as well, in an act of intense identification with the unfolding of naive life. He began to aggressively research and aggregate documents, including reading diaries of his ancestors. He attempted to conceal his financial difficulties from his wife, but finally broke the news before Christmas 1927 that they could no longer live in luxurious surroundings, causing yet another crisis in his marriage.
    At some point, probably February 1928, he read Margaret Fuller's account of her personal identity crisis. Shocked by the similarity of Ms. Fuller's thoughts about Truth and selflessness to his personal transformation, he adopted her outlook and story to such a degree that it became his own. Her insights mixed with other recent, unconventional ways of looking at reality, such as Claude Bragdon’s (1866-1946) multi-dimensional geometry, and Ouspensky's (1878-1947) theosophical writings.
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  1. page Fuller, R. B. Timeline edited ... 1930 In addition to the family apartment in Woodmere, Long Island, Fuller rents a space on the…
    1930 In addition to the family apartment in Woodmere, Long Island, Fuller rents a space on the roof of the Lehigh-Starret Building in N.Y.C. Designs a Tension Room for Eli Jacques Kahn as a gallery space for Noguchi's sculptures. Numerous one-man shows with the house model and lectures in New York, Chicago, Cambridge, Washington, D.C., etc. Hugo Junkers takes notice of RBF and evaluates the construction of the Dymaxion House. Notices on the industrialization of building. Contacts with a group of engineers and scientists at Columbia University (Technocracy, Inc.); distances himself from Howard Scott and his technocracy movement. Contacts with Diego Rivera and the John Reed Club; distances himself from communism.
    1931- 32 Designs a bathroom unit for American Radiator's Pierce foundation that can be industrially produced. RBF reads Albert Einstein's essay "Religion and Science" in The New York Times Magazine, and it impresses him deeply. RBF cashes out his life insurance and purchases the architecture magazine T-Square; renames it Shelter; publishes his own contributions (e.g., the series of articles "Universal Architecture"). Isamu Noguchi creates the sculpture Miss Expanding Universe (December 1931), which is used on the cover of the November 1932 issue of Shelter. After Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president and the New Deal is introduced, the magazine ceases publication.
    MacLeish, Knud Liinberg-Holm,Lonberg-Holm, Frederick Kiesler,
    1933-34 With $5000 in cash from the stockbroker Philip Pearson and the enthusiastic support of Pearson's wife, Temple, RBF is able to build the Streamline car published in Shelter. Founding of the 4D Company. March: Construction of the prototype for the Dymaxion Car begins in Bridgeport, Conn., with the ship designer Starling Burgess and a group of former Rolls Royce mechanics. In addition to Fuller, the renowned yacht builder Starling Burgess decisively influences the design. First trip in the completed car in July 1933. First presentation at the Automobile Show in New York. Involvement in a serious accident results in negative headlines for the Dymaxion Car. Dymaxion Car No. 3 is introduced with much publicity at the World's Fair in Chicago (1933-35). RBF meets the writers H.G. Wells and Christopher Morley; the latter will become one of RBF's best friends. Morley writes the essay Streamline: Thoughts in a Dymaxion (1934). February, 1933, Planning commission of the USSR is interested in the Dymaxion House.
    1934 Death of RBF's mother, Caroline Wolcott Fuller. Friendship with Martha Graham, for whose dance performance Frontier Isamu Noguchi designed the original stage design (1935)
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Wednesday, April 19

  1. page Tree edited ... We have been involved with the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures for a…
    We have been involved with the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures for a number of years, and the TensegriTree was presented and well received at the 2015 annual conference. Such is the complexity of realising tensegrity structures at-scale that one university research group planned to build one in a week, and ended up taking all summer. Another tensegrity sculpture had been immaculately designed by practicing engineers, but no contractors would tender for the job so it never got built!
    References and Links
    Kent Architecture School project:
    Kent Architecture School news release:
    Don Gray's faculty web page
    Expedition Engineering project page, blog

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  2. page Portal To Art & Design edited ... Crafts> Jewelry Lighting> Bartosik, Clar, Gobo ... Tower, BLOB, Tensegritree, Toru…
    Crafts> Jewelry
    Lighting> Bartosik, Clar, Gobo
    Tower, BLOB, Tensegritree, Torus, Chirality,
    Furnishings> Furniture, Achkov, Akke, Stavrev, ETSAV Chair, Stools by Weller, Rasmussen, Passi
    Misc> Animal forms, Bicycle, Clothing, Holidays, Kite, Mesh Bag, Musical Instruments, Trees, Wheelchair
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