The Dymaxion House
was followed in 1933 by the Dymaxion Car--essentially a boat for driving--with a rear-mounted engine, a single rear "rudder" wheel for steering, and a periscope for a rearview mirror.
Fountain Factory, based on his prototype Dymaxion House
, contains a central mast core with a series of catwalks suspended above the factory floor.
Design innovations such as "lightful houses" and the Dymaxion House
Concept are also discussed.
It was a seductive development of his prior hopes for both versions of his Dymaxion House
and his Standard of Living Package, neither of which were commercially unsuccessful.
The archipelago arrangement imparts a sense of the uniqueness of the societies that developed the constructions, while also permitting certain affinities to surface: The miniature Dymaxion House
, Fuller's 1927 prototype of a unit adaptable to any environment (the neologism supposedly stands for "dynamism plus efficiency"), shares classic functionality with the time-tested simplicity of the nearby yurt.
Fuller's Dymaxion House
is the ancestor of the compact prefabricated dwellings gathered together in the Museum of Modern Art's recent show "Home Delivery," in which Contemporary Architecture Practice's Migrating Formations, 2008, updated the concept of the prefab house via component-based design.
Buckminster Fuller dedicated twenty years to refining his cylindrical aluminium Dymaxion house
, only to abandon the project in 1946, just as production in a Kansas aircraft plant was about to begin.
For Unterrainer, classic buildings like Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye and Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House
were closer to true sustainability because in their different ways they were flexible enough to guarantee a long life.
Funds raised from this event are use toward scholarships for students studying architectural preservation; recognition awards to firms completing significant preservation projects; preservation efforts such as restoration of the Art Deco treasures of the Broadhead Armory, historic Redford Theater and Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House
He designed the Dymaxion House
, an inexpensive, mass-produced home that could be airlifted to its location; the Dymaxion Car, a streamlined, three-wheeled automobile that could make extraordinarily sharp turns; a compact, prefabricated, easily installed Dymaxion Bathroom; and Dymaxion Deployment Units (DDUs), mass-produced houses based on circular grain bins.
Models of Frank Lloyd Wright's unbuilt Cloverleaf housing project and Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion house
, which had little impact on ordinary housing, are given much more prominence.
Best of Friends will feature sculptures, models, photographs, drawings, films and three-dimensional examples of their designs, including Fuller's Dymaxion House
- the only remaining prototype in existence and on permanent display at Henry Ford Museum - and the 1934 Dymaxion Car, which was designed in collaboration with Noguchi and is on loan from the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.