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Bucky and Spaceship Earth


Inventor, architect, ecologist, poet & mathematician – R. Buckminster Fuller was at the vanguard of all of these disciplines. The critics attacked this self-made thinker for his maverick style and disregard for accepted standards. Admirers hailed him as a man ahead of his time. “Bucky”, as he was known to all, was the first person to use the term “environment” and warned about the dangers of depleting the Earth’s limited resources long before the world became aware of these issues. This short film traces his tragicomic career, focusing on the milestones of his work, paving the way for the discoveries of future thinkers that affect our world today.


I don’t suppose I really know you very well - but I know you smell like the delicious damp grass that grows near old walls and that your hands are beautiful opening out of your sleeves and that the back of your head is a mossy sheltered cave when there is trouble in the wind and that my cheek just fits the depression in your shoulder.

—Zelda Fitzgerald, in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald


Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller  (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American inventor, systems theorist, designer, author, engineer, architect, and humanist.  Fuller was an enigmatic genius best known for his innovations with geometric architecture such as the geodesic dome, as well as his pioneering work with sustainable systems.  In addition to being dashingly handsome, “Bucky” was also a badass (having been expelled from Harvard University for his hard partying) and a genius, who meticulously documented his life over 80 years in the world’s longest autobiography, The Dymaxion Chronofile, a paper record over 80 meters thick where Fuller notated his life every 15 minutes!  Fuller’s complex intellect fascinated and baffled many of his contemporaries.  His many quirks, coupled with his brilliant designs made him a guru among alternative communities seeking to create sustainable systems. 

Fuller received numerous honorary degrees, was granted 28 US Patents, and in 1983 shortly before his death was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honor) by President Ronald Reagan.  He died of a heart attack at the age of 87 and is buried in Cambridge, Massachusetts.