Design, Education

Get Your Early Holiday Gifts from BFI!

Check out these fantastic holiday gift options from BFI’s online store! These are a small selection from our collection of books by, about, and related to Buckminster Fuller. Other fun holiday gift options include posters, toys, and merchandise. All purchases support our non-profit institute.

Imprint by the Associates of Stanford University Libraries ($15)

The Fall & Winter 2003-2004 issue of Imprint, a published by the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries. Focussed entirely on Buckminster Fuller, this issue features the following writings and essays:

Introduction by Henry Lowood
Growing up with Buckminster Fuller by Allegra Fuller Snyder
Personality by Design: R. Buckminster Fuller and his Archive by Sean Quimby
The Legacy of Guinea Pig B: Buckminster Fuller left a forty-ton archive, but his most valuable artifacts are weightless by Jay Baldwin
The Buckminster Fuller Institute: Twenty Years of Design Science Education by Joshua Arnow

48 papes, paperback. Limited printing of 2,000 copies.

R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man by Daniel Lopez-Perez ($22)

This recently released book presents the original typescript of the previously unreleased Kenneth Stone Kassler Memorial Lecture, representing his radical thinking at the height of his career, a year before his masterwork took shape at Expo ’67 in Montreal. In a rallying cry to architects, he calls for them to shape their universe by responding to its underlying principles. And it seems just as relevant today as it did at the time.

134 pages, paperback with color photographs, detailed diagrams and annotations.

Structure in Nature Is a Strategy for Design by Peter Pearce ($50)

The structural designs that occur in nature—in molecules, in crystals, in living cells—appear in this fully illustrated (and signed) book as a source of inspiration and study of the design of man-made structures. In particular, the book reveals that when the geometrical modular systems developed by the author are applied to building design, the result is adaptive, structurally sound, and economical environments. Pearce’s work follows in the tradition established by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson and Konrad Wachsmann, and reflects his earlier close association with Charles Eames and Buckminster Fuller.

The concepts encompassed in the book should appeal to any lover of geometry, but particularly to those interested in design.”- Walter Sullivan, The New York Times.

—well produced and well illustrated book on structural design…His buildings bristle with angles and slopes in all directions. They look fascinating and some (though certainly not all) are rather beautiful. Most appear bizarre to the conventional eye…To many of us, Pearce’s ideas are unfamiliar, exciting, and original. They surely deserve further exploration at a practical level.” -Nature

The book is easy to read and offers many plausible and original geometric ideas. It is lavishly illustrated and contains many useful tables listing the structures and their geometric parameters.” -Paul J. Shlichta, Physics Today