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The R. Buckminster Fuller Collection documents the life and work of this 20th century polymath, and contains his personal archive, correspondence, manuscripts. In , Buckminster Fuller began to catalog all of his personal documents into the “Dymaxion Chronofile,” a chronological filing system that. Fuller called it the Dymaxion Chronofile. He cross-referenced its contents with 13, index cards. The archives also include “over 2,

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InBuckminster Fuller began documenting his life in minute intervals. It includes detailed notes and sketches, incoming and outgoing correspondence, and even minutiae like his dry cleaning bills.

At more than two hundred thousand pages or linear feetthe Dymaxion Chronofile makes Buckminster Fuller one of the most documented human beings of all time. And yet the Chronofile, now housed at Stanford University Library, is very rarely how people discover Fuller.

A ton personal archive

Fuller is perhaps best known for the popularization of the geodesic dome, a term he coined for the spherical architectural oddity. US djmaxion in His research was motivated by an effort to solve housing. He really strived to buck the system and make housing cheap, fast, and affordable.

He saw dymaxioj suffering, and he saw homelessness. He actually had a child die due to bad living conditions. An entirely original and somewhat oddball design for which Fuller is known is the Dymaxion Car. Inspired by the fuselage of an airplane, the vehicle was called a 4D Transport when it was conceived in Only three were ever produced; a series of accidents prevented the vehicle from taking off.

I was allowed to do anything I wanted.

For Fuller, was a significant year. Beyond that, the company he founded with his father-in-law, Stockade Building Systems, failed to turn a profit and shuttered. Fuller lost his job as president, and took to drinking. While walking along Lake Michigan one night, Fuller contemplated suicide.


But standing at the shore, Fuller instead experienced an epiphany. As he tells it, he realized that he did not belong to himself, but rather to the universe.

The Dymaxion Chronofile and our ever-expanding personal digital archives – Unclutterer

He did not have the right to eliminate himself. And thus, Fuller resolved to embark upon “an experiment, to find what a single individual can contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity. Much of his childhood was spent on an island off ydmaxion coast of Maine. As a boy he was a tinkerer, and by the age of 12 he had invented an alternative rowing system for boats that allowed one ydmaxion push to row—essentially an inverted, underwater umbrella.

Fuller married his wife Anne Hewlett in Around the same time, he chronogile in the Navy to serve in World War I. He would go on to invent a sort of winch that could fish early airplanes, and their pilots, up out of the water.

He was around ships, and the way ships were designed—the sails, and the mast, and the tension of the ropes—that all really worked into his designs later on. Also, the mass-producing of parts, molded and pressed metal, that all influenced him. For all the influence the Armed Forces had on Fuller, he ultimately returned the favor.

Marines have lived and worked in them from Antarctica to Okinawa.

A 45-ton personal archive

The small domes are light enough to be lifted by helicopter, and they practically build themselves. The xymaxion footprint of the home was built around a central mast supporting the roof, and the structure could easily collapse into its own central tube to be shipped long distances. It was made of aluminum — expensive at the time, but a material which Fuller recognized the potential of for its weight, strength and durability. The Dymaxion House looked vaguely flying-saucer-ish, like something out chrlnofile The Jetsons.

And that aesthetic is appropriate when you consider the home was designed to be produced in the no-longer-in-use aircraft manufacturing plants abundant after World War II.


Army actually commissioned Fuller to send earlier units, manufactured in Wichita, Kansas, overseas during the war. The house would have been affordable, transportable, and energy efficient. But only two complete Dymaxion House prototypes were ever produced owing to the fact that Fuller chronofie a perfectionist.

He refused to allow what he ultimately considered an unfinished design to be manufactured at scale. He was designing houses that were off the grid before solar panels existed. He knew technology would catch up with his ideas. Chroonofile for the World Expo. Despite a fire inand an extended closure, the structure still stands today, open to the public as an environmental museum.

Ahead of His Time

It’s a design challenge he started called The World Game. It chrnoofile basically a challenge for designers, architects, engineers to come up with ideas to further his thinking of helping the world. But given enough time, and enough energy towards that end, perhaps not impossible. In the same interview with PlayboyFuller commented on the his ultimate understanding of the potential significance of the individual.

Think of the Queen Elizabeth again: The whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. Just moving that little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. It takes almost no effort at all.

So I said that the individual can be a trim tab. He has since been called an architect, an engineer, a philosopher, a designer, and much more. But labeling someone who defies convention is difficult, and so Fuller ultimately came to consider himself a “comprehensive anticipatory design scientist.

Cole Gerst InBuckminster Fuller began documenting his life in minute intervals.