Thursday, 16 September 2010
Buck Fuller in the 21st Century
Our colleague IcelandBob's radar station post reminded me of Buckminster Fuller's geodesic architecture.
The design not only looks like a Dan Dare sketch made flesh, but the triangular elements provide a rigidity allowing structures built this way to be self-supporting. How can one resist Spaceship Earth (above) at the Epcot Centre? Part of the attraction also emanates from these buildings' hauntological quality, a sense of a future that never quite came to pass, a revolutionary concept that will always be regarded as a mere novelty.
Can't you imagine reclining between Brian Aldiss and Cornelius Cardew, sipping a Tom Collins and exchanging Confusian aphorisms and matters of the day?
The Eden Centre in Cornwall (above) keeps the spirit alive with it's location in a disused quarry being (in my opinion) an unspoken nod to Dr Who, but I won't be satisfied until the International Space Station looks a lot more like the ship from 'Silent Running'.