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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Promises

The 1960s held promises, many which did not live up to expectations like drug induced insights, free love and geodesic domes. Domes captured the imagination of the youth at the time as did most things that broke with tradition. In the case of geodesics, the break was visually very obvious. Built from a network of triangles, the resultant structure was aesthetically pleasing. Many were the advantages and benefits. And many were the disadvantages and problems, largely unspoken of at the time but obvious to those that made a commitment to this type of structure for a home.
Geodesic domes were popularized by R. Buckminster Fuller. They were promoted for their efficiency, strength, stability, light weight and ability to be built quickly. There was hope that the geodesic dome would become a housing solution. But many problems surfaced - curved rooms with attendant diffiulty in design and furniture placement, many seams prone to leaking, higher window costs, triangular panels resulting in more material waste, etc. Their success has now been primarily in its adoption for specialized commercial applications such as pavilions, auditoriums, weather observatories, and storage facilities. read more about them here.
The one in the photo that can be seen in the window reflection is Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome which has been erected in Laguardia Park across from the AIA center. Read about the sign here.  See here for photo of dome with a few visitors climbing the structure.
The window is that of the Center for Architecture - the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Buckminster Fuller and his work is an enormous subject. Read about him here. There is also more information about Fuller there at the Dymaxion Study Center at the AIA Center at 536 LaGuardia Place from 6/23/08-9/14/08.

7 comments:

Barbara said...

I like the reflections...great shot!
Cheers from West Sacramento Photo of the Day.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

I'm absorbed by the elements you chose to frame in this picture: the reflection, the window, what's reflected by it, AND those bicolored hydrants! I love this.

ken mac said...

Great shot. Wish I had thought of that. :)

Beth said...

Interesting photograph! I was not aware of this dome here in the city and will have to check it out.

Buckminster Fuller was a fascinating guy. Did you know that the Whitney Museum has an exhibition on Fuller? It'll be on display until Sept. 21. I'm hoping to catch it before it closes.

naomid said...

Great post, and congratulations on your photos and reccommendation from Christopher Gray in the New York Times newspaper!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/realestate/13scap.html?ref=realestate

Anonymous said...

the photo is awesome !

kombizz said...

not a bad shot of reflection
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kombizz/