I like I think the idea of tensegrity structures vs. They don't go linearly.
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Short version: a tensegrity structure has stability from stiff spacers and elastic rubber-band-like things in form, not substance necessarily. This was actually invented by Kevin Snelson, it seems, a stdent of Bucky's, but Bucky coined the term tensegrity for it. I think it describes the structures of social relations too, don't know if any one's looking at "social tensegrity" but it makes more sense than a compression structure.
I have a feeling Buckminster must have looked at things that way. I'm interested to watch the videos now. I just wanted to pull out this concrete concept, and a search of permies only turned up one hit on a tensegrity bridge. The concept goes back to weaving, but weaving doesn't really have differentiated spacers with tensors.
It also goes back to how nature builds things, form the atom up to a dinosaur or flighted animal.
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An alternative to the right-angle model of building. Permaculture principles that parallel tensegrity: "the problem is the solution" use countervailing forces rather than resisting them "every element serves multiple functions" -- in that one spacer changing length, or one tensor, affects all the rest of the system, it is serving many functions rather than simply the one of "holding up all the blocks above me" as in a compression structure "every function served by multiple elements"-- you can cut a lot of strings on a tenesgritive structure, or break a lot of spacers, and most of it will still stay together.
I mean b "tensegritive structure" a kind of random assembly of spacers and struts, not one that is geometrically pretty like an icosohedron. Nature does use icosohedra, but I think it also builds in a lot of redundancy within the form, am I making that up? I intuitively feel that Mollison and others and Fuller were sensing the same basic kind of pattern in the world.
At any rate, both were looking outside the box of linear thinking, of compression structure thinking, of "work harder" thinking. And seeing nature as the model to learn from. Wow, I'm loving this If you google "strolling under the skin" I think it's up on youtube for free.
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NOTE--You probably want to skip the visuals in the first five minutes if you are sensitive to images of human dissection Roberto pokachinni. What I love about Bucky and about this sort of thinking, is that it creates non-linear thought patterns, and in the end, it expands the mind into places that were previously not only not visited but were unknown. So much of our thought in this culture is linear, and at most two dimensional, not even three.
We base our ideas in single direct vectors of cause and effect, which is utter nonsense in terms of the natural world. Everything effects everything else, and the fundamental interconnectedness of all things-of our oneness as synergistic parts of this planet and universe-are ever present. This way of viewing is always multifaceted and multidimensional, despite our anthropocentric zone 1 egoic chronic 'independence' that is so strongly held as the dominant view that should be modeled in our culture.
When I think of a fungi in relation to a plant, feeding each other, I try not to think of A gives B this and B gives A this. It is seldom that simple. I think of it more in terms of a very complex series of messages that would absolutely baffle most humans if they ever had a full grasp of it. Instead of a single vector linear transaction I think it looks More Like This!! Thanks for reviving this thread! I am going to test your electrical conductivity with this tiny ad:. Boost this thread!
Similar Threads. From the early s through his death in , Bucky was an increasingly well-known global visionary with a twofold mission. Long before the term ecology became a household word, he asserted that humankind was on the verge of an enormous shift in which resources had to be consciously recycled in order to survive and thrive. He also collected the data to prove that when we recycled resources we were doing more with less and, thus, would be able to eventually do so much more with so much less that we could support everyone on Earth.
Buckys contribution to humankind has yet to be fully appreciated. The fact that he consciously documented every aspect of his life provides us with an enormous amount of practical information. By examining his 56 Year Experiment on behalf of all humankind, we can begin to more clearly uncover what works and what doesnt in living a life that makes a conscious positive difference.
This biography separates the multitude of Buckys experiences into four distinct periods. The first of those periods was from his birth in through That was a time of experimentation and learning. He extended himself and his environment outward in search of limits; often learning from the painful lessons most people would categorize as failure.
It was also a time of youthful exuberance and disappointment. Fuller suffered the loss of his father, graduated from Milton Academy, twice enrolled at and was expelled from Harvard University, and worked as an apprentice millwright in Canada.
Then he served as an officer in the Navy during World War I, married Anne Hewlett, and experienced the birth and untimely death of their first daughter. As a businessman, he held managerial positions in several diverse corporations and organized his own construction company.
He used that company, Stockade Systems, to attempt establishing and propagating a radical new form of construction that failed financially after a few years. As a result of that endeavor, by he had lost all his money as well as the investments of his friends and family. With the loss of his construction company and the birth of his second daughter, Allegra, Bucky found himself stranded with a young family in Chicago. He had no money, no job no formal education beyond high school, a reputation as an unsuccessful businessman, and no prospects for the future.
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Extremely dejected, he seriously considered drowning himself in Lake Michigan. It was then that Bucky had the famous mystical experience that transformed his life. He realized that he did not belong to himself and, consequently, did not have the right to end his own life. In that cosmic flash, Bucky suddenly understood that he like every human being belonged to Universe, and he committed himself to an experiment that provided the foundation and context for his every action and decision during the next fifty-six years.
He decided to embark upon a lifelong experiment to determine and document what one average, healthy individual with no college degree and no money could accomplish on behalf of all humankind that could not be achieved by any nation, business, organization, or institution, no matter how wealthy or powerful. With no apparent means of support for his family much less his experiment, Bucky resolved to use the only person available for observation. Thus, R. Buckminster Fuller adopted the alias Guinea Pig B, one person under the constant scrutiny of himself. During the twenty years from through a more mature Fuller devoted a great deal of his time to a formidable search for Natures coordinating system.
The discoveries he made in that investigation eventually became his radical Synergetic Mathematics, a mathematical system based on what he observed in Nature rather than man-made ideas and concepts. That system also became the foundation for Buckys most famous invention, the geodesic dome, and other of his insights and creations. Following his commitment to work on behalf of all humankind and to never again work for a living, the initial problem Bucky took on was the issue of housing the expanding population of Spaceship Earth. He worked sporadically on the mass-producible Dymaxion House from until Beech Aircraft and the United States government joined him to produce a prototype in During the s Bucky held positions at Phelps Dodge and Fortune magazine, and these provided him with an opportunity to study Earths resources and Natures efficient.
Once he realized the significant benefit of Natures way of doing everything, he adopted it as a primary aspect of his work and life. Years later, he would bring the phenomenon of doing more with less into the popular culture as synergy, a term he singlehandedly moved from the obscurity of the chemistry lab into the light of public awareness. In , during one of his many stints as a visiting college professor, he combined his mathematical skills with his knowledge of construction and Natures coordinating system to produce his most famous inventionthe geodesic dome.
The creation of the geodesic dome also ushered in the third significant period of his life, which spanned from through as he continued his explorations while attaining celebrity status for his work with geodesic domes. In the at the age of sixty, Fuller could have retired on his licensing fees from the geodesic dome, but he had no interest in gaining great wealth or slowing down. Instead, he expanded his effort to create success for all humankind.
He personally designed and supervised the construction of most of the significant geodesic domes built during that period. He also expanded his unique thinking out loud lecturing around the world. In response to a constant flow of invitations, he was making at least such appearances every year. In fact, he continued that hectic speaking schedule until his last presentation, an all-day session focused on integrity to a sold out auditorium in Huntington Beach, California, just one week prior to his death.
Buckys campaign on behalf of the success of all humans and life on Spaceship Earth was the focus of the last phase of his life from until his death on July 1, During that. It was a last ditch effort to make certain that his life was complete and that the had given everything possible in support of his mission to create a world that works for everyone. Bucky wrote and published a detailed explanation of all that he had learned and found to be true regarding the human experience in his final major book, Critical Path.
It outlines the course humankind must follow if we are to survive and thrive, and it explains that we have entered into a new era of sufficiency, you and me, cooperation and peace in which previous solutions and behaviors such as war, competition, politics, and corporate domination are obsolete. This is the wisdom and the challenge that R. Buckminster Fuller left for us. His insights are as much a shining gem of hope and possibility as they were when he traveled around Spaceship Earth sharing his positive perspective that we can succeed as a species and be good stewards of our planet if we cooperate and shift our resources from weaponry to livingry.
Bucky remained true to his mission for 56 years. During that period, he saved and archived every possible aspect of his life, creating his Chronofile and making his life the most documented of any ordinary, average person in the history of humankind. Although his personal experiment has yet to be fully examined, the success of Buckys life is indisputable.
After discovering many of the natural underlying principles that govern all Universe, Bucky applied them to every aspect of his work where he: yy Was granted twenty-five U. Most important was his documentation and demonstration of the importance of the little individual in the grand scheme of human evolution. Living as a global citizen, Bucky was able to teach by exampleshowing us with his accomplishments and seeming failures that each of us possesses tremendous gifts that we can contribute to others and help create a world that works for everyone.
He also proved that a person could have a satisfying, enjoyable life while making his or her unique contribution. Buckminster Fuller died on July 1, , at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, where he was faithfully watching over his beloved wife, Anne, who was in a coma and not expected to regain consciousness.
Sitting at her bedside, hand in hand with his wife of sixty-six years, he felt something and exclaimed, She squeezed my hand!
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Moments later, Bucky experienced massive heart failure and died. Anne never regained consciousness and died thirty-six hours later. The conscious nature of his life and death became more obvious when a neat stack of papers was found on his desk. The note on top of those papers asked the finder to please make sure that this material was published, as it was the final thing Bucky had to say.
Although that material was published years later as the book Cosmography, it does not seem to be the last thing Bucky has to say. For many of us, he continues to speak and remind us again and again that humankind has entered its final examination and that we can survive and thrive if we begin cooperating with one another and working for the betterment of all life on Earth.
Buck minst er Fuller. Is diagnosed as nearsighted, gets his first glasses and sees objects clearly for the first time in his life. Marries Anne Hewlett. First child, Alexandra, born.