Sketch design for geodesic dome

Sketch design for geodesic dome

This sketch was drawn by Fuller on the back of an envelope at a meeting with Dr Thomas Howarth in Toronto, Canada in early 1972. Five years previously Fuller had designed a similar dome for the United States pavilion at Expo 67' in Montreal. The drawing shows how the structural members of the dome are linked to create the geodesic shapes and how the perfect sphere that the structure creates is adapted to sit on the ground.

Architects like Archigram and Cedric Price designed schemes in the 60s and 70s which borrowed from Fuller's invention and his geodesic design has been developed more recently in Nicholas Grimshaw's design for the Eden Project in Cornwall, U.K.