Dymaxion World

DYnamic - MAXimum - tensION

At the heart of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion concept is the idea that rational action in a rational world demands the most efficient overall performance per unit of input. His Dymaxion structures, then are those that yield the greatest possible efficiency in terms of available technology. Here are a few examples.

Dymaxion House
J. Baldwin

Conceived and designed in the late 1920's but not actually built until 1945, the Dymaxion House was Fuller's solution to the need for a mass-produced, affordable, easily transportable and environmentally efficient house.

Dymaxion Map

The Dymaxion Map is the only flat map of the entire surface of the Earth which reveals our planet as one island in one ocean, without any visually obvious distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas, and without splitting any continents.

Dymaxion Car

The Dymaxion car was designed by Buckminster Fuller in the early 1930s. The car could transport up to 11 passengers, reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, and ran 30 miles per gallon.

Dymaxion Bathroom

Worried by the poor sanitation, inefficiency, and high cost of bathrooms, Bucky came up with a solution in 1936.

Dymaxion Deployment Units

It was on a road trip through rural America in 1940, that the steel grain silos that dot the landscape caught the attention of Buckminster Fuller. With the world at war, Fuller was inspired by the relatively lightweight, mass-produced nature of these structures and envisioned an affordable housing option for both military and civilian uses.