Green Ideas from Bucky Fuller's Biosphere

Green Ideas from Bucky Fuller's Biosphere

Regina Yunghans
Nov 11, 2008

A visit to Montreal's Biosphere over the weekend reminded us of the forward thinking of R. Buckminster Fuller. He designed the US Pavilion for Montreal's World Expo of 1967 (pictured up top). The dome itself is an example of one of his green ideas: to provide as much shelter as possible with as little material as possible. But there's lots more...

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Fuller's green ideas (before "green" existed) also stretched to water conservation, transportation, and living small. He designed a shower that atomizes water, allowing one to be fully cleansed with only one cup of water. He was inspired from an experience he had when he was in the Navy. He was out on the ship's deck in his uniform and there was a misty rain in the air. By the time he went inside, he noticed some grease stains had been washed from his uniform and he felt clean and refreshed.

He also designed a bathroom that's as efficient as the layout of an airstream trailer. And his Rowing Needle provided self-powered transportation at sea.

Pictured above, a cartoon "Bucky" encourages us to share and support one another in order to live a more efficient and harmonious life. For more on this Spaceship Earth notion, check out his Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, available in its entirety online. For anyone in Montreal who's interested in visiting the Biosphere, find out more here.

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