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Buckminster Fuller Dome Home Tours

407 S. Forest
Carbondale, IL 62901
Jackson County
(618) 559-8931
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Visit the R. Buckminster "Bucky" and Anne Hewlett Fuller Geodesic Dome Home in which they lived while Bucky was a professor at Southern Illinois University in the Design Department. Tours will be hosted Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for a $5 suggested donation, but everyone is welcome regardless. The Dome is moving along in the process of restoration into a home museum which will document their time in Carbondale and further spread knowledge of Bucky's brilliant, compassionate, futuristic thinking to the world that needs it.

Mr. Fuller is known as an architect, author, design scientist, philosopher, mathematician, futurist, engineer, poet and inventor. It was while Fuller lived in Carbondale that he achieved great international fame. Eleven of the 28 books he authored were published here, and he secured nine of his 27 patents, one of which was for the geodesic building structure. While at SIU, he was awarded 23 of his 47 honorary doctorates as well as Harvard University Charles Eliot Norton Chair of Poetry. He was not licensed as an architect but won Gold Medals in the field of Architecture from the American Institute of Architects and Royal Institute of British Architects. He designed the U.S. Pavilion dome for Montreal Expo 67. He is credited with being the grandfather of the sustainability concept and designed the Dymaxion Car in 1933, which could go 90 mph and got 40 miles to the gallon.

His endeavor was to apply the principles of science to solving the problems of humanity. His Challenge was to "make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or disadvantage to any."