Big Ideas

Buckminster Fuller spent his life working across multiple fields, such as architecture, design, geometry, engineering, science, cartography and education, in his pursuit to make the world work for 100% of humanity.

Fuller insisted on resisting monikers of specialization to describe his work, preferring instead to describe his output as that of a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist ‘ – ‘an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.’ This approach resulted in the creation of numerous artifacts that cross boundaries and defy normal categorization. For the purposes of conveying Fuller’s work to the uninitiated, we have organized an overview of the major themes and resulting project ideas that occupied Fuller’s imaginative space.