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AGENDA | The Bucky Bar opens tonight!

February 19, 2010

“Jay-Z and Rihanna get it straight, in times of crisis, we need to find shelter. The umbrella is the simplest form of shelter, a personal, private, and dry space in a soggy world. If one umbrella is a private space, what happens when we join 10 together, or 100?”

Almost all of us know about Bucky‘s domes and how minimal energy domes could open a way to a more environmentally sustainable future. In the early 50s, R. Buckminster Fuller named the dome “geodesic”. At that time, Snelson and Fuller worked together in developing what they termed “tensegrity,” an engineering principle of continuous tension and discontinuous compression that allowed domes to deploy a lightweight lattice of interlocking icosahedrons that could be skinned with a protective cover. Although Fuller was not the original inventor, he developed the intrinsic mathematics of the dome, thereby allowing popularization of the idea.

Now, the Bucky Bar is a full-scale model of such a future. A spontaneous public building made from the most common of materials, assembled with the resourcefulness of skill of architects. It shows the power of space for spontaneous gathering, for improvised shelters to host conversations, debates, games or even parties.

There have been some other small projects done with umbrellas, like [ecosistema urbano] project for Matadero “Esto No Es Un Paraguas” and some other artistic installations:

But we cannot wait to see more images about the Bucky Bar. So, if you’re around Rotterdam tonight, don’t miss it!!

More info here: Bucky Bar: a Tribute to Buckminster Fuller

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