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Buckminster Fuller Fly's Eye Dome, 1979/80-2014

Buckminster Fuller Fly's Eye Dome, 1979/80-2014 Image
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140 NE 39th St.
Miami, FL 33137
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In 1965 Buckminster Fuller designed and patented the Fly’s Eye Dome, which he called an “autonomous dwelling machine” Prototypes began to be built by hand in 1977 and by 1983; three of the fiberglass spheres in various sizes (12-foot, 24-foot, 50-foot) had been produced. Fuller died before he was able to realize his vision for the structure. However, almost 50 years later, the design, a Monohex variation of the geodesic dome, can clearly be seen as a forerunner of today’s green building movement.  In 2011, collector Craig Robins acquired the 24-foot prototype with the intention of exhibiting it and using it as inspiration for a key element of the Miami Design District. The following year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute, in partnership with Goetz Composites, ConformLab and DRDesign, began the development of a program to complete Fuller’s vision, using advanced technologies and materials not available to Fuller in the 1970’s. BFI was then commissioned to produce a Fly’s Eye Dome utilizing state-of-the-art materials, intelligence and techniques, to be prominently incorporated in the Miami Design District.

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