After a stint with alcoholism and subsequently suicidal attempts, he got his act together and found a home in the Greenwich Village. He got a job at a cafe renovating the interior in exchange for meals and later held night lectures where he displayed models of his Geodesic Dome.
"I live on Earth at present, and I don't know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process — an integral function of the universe" - Fuller
Fuller is mostly remembered for his geodesic domes, which can also be seen at military radar stations and civic buildings. He found that the use of tetrahedrons and octahedron's make structures lighter and stronger.
The Montreal Biosphère by Buckminster Fuller, 1967
|3 wheeled Dymaxion Care|
Fast forward to my last birthday (I'm pretty sure that was intentional) Treehugger.com posted an article about the firm Foster + Partners, who loved Fuller just as much and went on to rebuild his Dymaxion Car.
Before I leave you, if you are free Tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 20th) and in the Minneapolis area, GreenPrint is hosting an event from Noon-5 at the Como Conservatory; admission is $20-$25.