Gallery

magictransistor:

R. Buckminster Fuller & Shoji Sadao. Cloud Nine, Project for Floating Cloud Structures. 1960.

Fuller’s exploration of housing solutions that extended above the earth’s surface are represented in this image in which spherical clouds house floating cities. He argued that geodesic structures increase in strength as they grow in scale and therefore have no practical limitations on their size. He calculated that when sunlight heats the air inside a geodesic sphere with a diameter of half-mile or more, the combined weight of the interior air and the sphere’s physical structure would be lighter than the atmosphere, allowing the sphere to rise in the air. Each sphere could be designated to hover at a particular altitude and house several thousand passengers.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s