r. buckminster fuller


Today is architect Richard Buckminster Fuller’s birthday!  A proponent of the neo-futuristic movement, his best-known work is the geodesic dome Montreal Biosphère, built for the Montreal Expo in 1967.  [Battlestar Galactica fans will remember it from the episode “Greetings from Earth.”]  But by no means did he confine himself just to architecture, also dabbling in transportation, housing, and even coining the term “Spaceship Earth."  But then, what would you expect from a non-conformist misfit who got expelled from Harvard twice.

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: July 12, 2004
From: Stanford, CA
SC #3870

Middle left:
Issued on: April 26, 2000
From: Ngerulmud, Palau
SW #1676

Middle right:
Issued on: November 1, 1967
From: Say'un, Kathiri
SW #166

Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: November 28, 1967
From: Bucharest, Romania
MC #2635

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” 

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” 

“I’m not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely.” 

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.

R. Buckminster Fuller 

R.Buckminster Fuller. Architectural Forum May 1952, 141
“Enclosed within a geodesic sphere of short steel components, the seven production floors assume a mushroom shape which would be enclosed with a stretched plastic skin”

Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.
—  R. Buckminster Fuller