R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventor, Architect, Futurist: Background information when reading The House of Tomorrow

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The House of Tomorrow

A Novel

by Peter Bognanni

The House of Tomorrow
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    Mar 2010, 354 pages
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    Mar 2011, 368 pages

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R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventor, Architect, Futurist

If you're not already familiar with the wildly eccentric personality of R. Buckminster Fuller when you read The House of Tomorrow, you might be tempted to think that he is a fictional character. However, Richard Buckminster Fuller was, indeed, very real. Born in 1895 in Milton, Massachusetts into the New England tradition of Transcendentalism (he was related to journalist and women's rights activist Margaret Fuller), "Bucky" grew up playing architect and was intrigued by structural design from a very young age.

In 1927, out of work and grieving over the death of his young daughter, Fuller was on the brink of committing suicide when he instead resolved to make his life "an experiment to find what a single individual can contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity."

As Bognanni describes in The House of Tomorrow, Fuller's optimistic and futuristic ideas appealed to people of the Great Depression; they longed for progress and hope after such difficult times. He ...

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