architect norman foster
The installation, a Miami Design District Dacra Project with in-kind support from The Buckminster Fuller Institute and Phillips, was on view during Design Miami/ in an open air space at 39th street and 1st Court, Dec 1 – 4, 2011. The exhibition set the stage for further evolution of these ideas and structures and included both the dome and the car; a series of films about Fuller and Foster; and a talk between renowned architect Norman Foster, his wife Elena Foster and W Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Stefano Tonchi, who spoke on Fuller’s influence on their lives and work as part of Design Miami’s Design Talks series.
systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist buckminister fuller.
The exhibition, Architecting the Future: Buckminster Fuller & Norman Foster conceived and curated by DRDesign and Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director of The Buckminster Fuller Institute was inspired by the photo of Bucky and the opportunity to ‘re-boot’ history by bringing the car and Foster to the exhibition — to, in the power of a single image, create a convergence of past & present to imagine a new future.
Inspired in part by their decade-long relationship – Foster has brought Fuller’s omni-directional approach, and world-around focus into the 21st century and beyond.The legacies of these two men entwined, set against a backdrop of radical innovation – still way ahead of our time.
The Fly’s Eye Dome will be permanently installed nearby in the Miami Design District.
[ About the Fly’s Eye Dome ]
“The Fly’s Eye domes are designed as components of a ‘livingry’ service. The basic hardware components will produce a beautiful, fully equipped, air-deliverable house that weighs and costs about as much as a good automobile. Not only will it be highly efficient in its use of energy and materials, it also will be capable of harvesting incoming light and wind energies.“ – R. Buckminster Fuller
[ About the Dymaxion Car ]
Patented in 1937, and conceived as an ‘omni-directional transport system’, Fuller’s Dymaxion car was intended to fly, jump-jet style, when suitable alloys and engines became available. Three cars were produced in his lifetime. [ design miami/ 2011 ]