Semiotics & Buckminster Fuller

Leonardo da Vinci of the twentieth century

Dr R “Bucky” Buckminster-Fuller was by all accounts extraordinary and inspirational man and it was his phrase “Spaceship Earth” He was a futurist, poet, philosopher, engineer, designer, inventor, and architect

His Geodesic dome would go on to inspire writers and artists to the present day even my dentist. One day  he was telling me something nonsensical which he is won’t  to do when my mouth is full of metal probes. Afterwards, I asked him what colour the sky was on his planet. He replied that “we don’t know, we all live in domes”.

“Buckminster Fuller was one of the most brilliant thinkers of the 20th century, an architect and designer who made it his mission to advance the evolution of humanity and to ‘do more with less'” (Louv , 2013)

(Sieden, 2012)

How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?” …Fuller had a keen awareness that we’re all in this together. (Sieden, 2012)


And some more Buckminster Fuller quotes

“Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines. ”

“If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference. ”

“We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody. ”

and here is one for all those people who follow orders…

“People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.”


Louv, J(2013) Etc. Available at: (Accessed: 27 February 2016).
Sieden, L.S. (2000) Buckminster fuller’s universe: An appreciation. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books.
Sieden, S.L. (2012) A fuller view: Buckminster fuller’s vision of hope and abundance for all. United States: Wiese, Michael Productions.

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