Open Sourcing The Neighborhood

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A city’s backtalk is one element of open-source urbanism: myriad interventions and little changes from the ground up contribute to making a city. Multiple, small, inconspicuous interventions together are evidence of a city’s constant evolution. Incompleteness gives cities their long lives and lets them outlast other more powerful entities.

via Forbes.

Buckminister Fuller’s Dymaxion House

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“If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top . . . that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver,” Fuller once wrote. “But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings.”

The New Yorker has an excellent piece on Buckminister Fuller, the inventor of the geodesic dome displayed in a grand fashion for the U.S. Pavilion for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal.

The geodesic dome as you know encloses more space with less material than any other structure and can withstand tremendous pressure (a staple for most sci-fi futuristic movies). But yet they are considered a “massive total failure.” Anyone care to guess why? Anyway, Fuller’s mission was not aimed at selling the Dome but hammering away at people’s stagnant capacity for change.