Design

A new use for Google Maps: calculating a city’s carbon footprint

The Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainability efforts are faring.

Looking at a city’s Google Maps data, in combination with other data, a new tool from Google can estimate the carbon footprint of all of its buildings–and the carbon footprint of all the car trips, bus and subway rides, and other transportation used by the people living there.

Spanning the Divide

As an undergraduate student at Yale University in the 1970s, I majored in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, but the class I most wanted to get into was an art class. This proved difficult, however, as few art classes were open to undergraduates from other majors. But then one day I noticed students walking around campus with cardboard polyhedral structures, which looked exactly like viruses I had seen in my biology books.

North Face Releases a Geodesic Dome Tent Capable of Withstanding the Toughest Weather

Reinterpreting the teachings of Buckminster Fuller, North Face have announced the latest tent in their collection; a geodesic dome tent. Thanks to the most spatially efficient shape in architecture, it can withstand winds of up to 60 mph as the force is spread evenly across the structure whilst even providing enough height for a six-foot person to stand comfortably inside.

Grimshaw's Next Eden Project Could be in the North of England

Grimshaw can claim their horticultural Eden Project in Devon, South West England as being among their most iconic works. Nestled in a disused quarry, simultaneously acting as an embedded landscape feature and an alien spacecraft holding precious specimens and plants, the scheme has been celebrated as a successful modern interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome concept.

80 Years of the Nature Lab

The Nature Lab at RISD is pleased to announce Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration, an exhibition curated in collaboration with William Myers that marks the culmination of our 80th anniversary celebrations. The exhibition runs from Aug 25—Sept 27 and showcases recent examples of design and art that inform our complex relationship with nature and help us decipher how it may evolve in the future. Located at the Woods Gerry Gallery, the show is free and open to the public.

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER: Inventions and Models at Edward Cella Art & Architecture

September 8 - November 3, 2018
Opening Reception | Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 5-8 pm

PUBLIC EXHIBITION PROGRAMS:
Thomas T K Zung: The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller
Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 3:00 PM

In Conversation: Allegra Fuller Snyder with David McConville
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 3:00 PM

Seating is limited, please RSVP by calling 323.525.0053, or email [email protected]

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