Welcome To The Fly's-Eye Dome

The Center for Architecture, Max Protetch and the Buckminster Fuller Institute have teamed up to exhibit two of the original Fly's Eye domes, the last dome scheme that Fuller developed.

The original 10-ft diameter dome is at the gallery, and this vintage 26-ft version from 1976-7 is currently installed at LaGuardia Park, below Bleecker St, in the Village.

It'd take some engineering, maybe thread some systems and climate management through the structure, but I could totally see turning the largest version of the Fly's Eye into a house somewhere. Just get some of that tasty Bosch aluminum beam and build your free-standing structure within the larger space. Sort of like FAR's Wall House, only with a dome instead of a tent.

I'd like to think that the practical problems of dome living are due to the cheap-ass, DIY nature of most of the projects, and not to something inherent in the structure. But just by virtue of it's being cedar shingle-proof, the Fly's Eye Dome wins the Fuller Dome Off in my book.

the Fly's Eye Dome exhibits run through Sept 14 or so [aiany.org] Previously: Bucky chandelier almost makes up for the severe artifact/object shortage

Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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