Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
BuckyWorks: Buckminster Fuller's Ideas for Today Paperback – August 15, 1997
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more
Top Customer Reviews
Bucky, as he was known to everyone, (except his wife of 66 years) was not a college graduate, yet he received 47 honorary degrees during his lifetime. His influence on architectural and product designing was--and still is--tremendous.
This book is of interest not only as a tribute to his inventiveness, but for detailing why many of his concepts, to this day, have not been accepted. The full-page cartoon on page 20 is a classic example of his frustration. It depicts an automobile being made on the driveway of a home. Bucky argued for years how ridiculous it is that we build houses 'from scratch' on a house lot. If we built cars that way, as the cartoon shows, they would cost $300,000! It should be noted that the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in 1928, passed a resolution "...on record as inherently opposed to any peas-in-a-pod-line reproducible designs." Others, sewer system builders, carpenters, electricians, etc., indicated they too would oppose home-building innovations.
One reason the geodesic dome concept succeeded was that the military did not need to consult zoning and codes when it needed a transportable light weight and super strong structure for a mountain top or an Arctic location.
You will be amazed at how much his 1934 car designs resemble today's vans. Equally amazing is his "traveling cartridge," a small car transportable by air or rail. No need to rent a car. It could even be used as a sleeping unit.
His "Triton City" was designed as a floating city (100,000 people) for Tokyo Bay.Read more ›
What I would like to see in a proper review of Fuller's legacy includes (a) mathematicians' assessment of his synergetic geometry, which is more radically anti-Euclidean than non-Euclidean in that it rejects the whole Greek paradigm of "abstraction" from physical objects; (b) economists' assessment of his argument that with proper resource use and rational design decisions we really could take care of 100% of humanity; (c) a discussion of why, if Fuller's goal is indeed practical, after 250 years of industrial and technological progress we've devolved from objectively useful work -- making and moving stuff on farms, in mines and in factories -- into to a situation where we hold absurd, time-wasting and nonproductive "jobs" in "services" (which sociologist Daniel Bell characterized as postindustrial "games between persons"), while billions of other humans don't even have the basics for a materially decent life; (d) and why this goal isn't on the agenda of any major politician or other world-recognized and respected figure.Read more ›
Im still amazed that Bucky's thought have not been embraced by us modern citizens.
I am trying to introduce a revolutionary solar coating here in Venezuela [..], I think of the aluminum domes built in Ghana that used natural convection for cooling, and people thoight they were in fact to cold!!! sustainable development has been around longer than we thought, are we ever going to strat smelling the coffee???
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was given as a gift to my 14 year old niece, who makes amazing origami's some of which look just like the Bucky dome. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bill MacLeod
The person this was bought for was thrilled to receive and will be traveling , could not have been more happy to recievePublished on January 16, 2014 by Pam Bosko
This book was purchased for the purpose of writing a book report and I was shocked at how interesting it was. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Joel Chesney
Bucky was a great man, I wish I had attended one of is lectures and had gotten to work with him. The book is a little biased naturally enough but is still a very good introduction... Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by E. Jones
Baldwin has written an engaging Bio on one of our greatest problem solvers of all time. Baldwin spent many years at the side of Fuller, and gives captivating first hand accounts,... Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by E. Hunter
I haven't actually read this book but JB is my professor and a fascinating human. Everyday of class is a treat to listen to his life experiences and stories. Read morePublished on November 29, 2000 by Robyn Anderson
Buckyworks is a good overview of many of Fuller's ideas. Seeing the video is a must for those who are the slightest bit intrigued by this book. Read morePublished on January 16, 2000 by Ray Burrows