Geodesic Domes: History & Sources

Geodesic Domes: History & Sources

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Maxwell Ryan
Aug 22, 2008

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With the Whitney Museum's Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe exhibition in New York City this summer, visions of domes have been dancing in New Yorkers' heads. The photo above is an image taken at the now-iconic Drop City commune in Colorado by Clark Richert, and the interior is of a dome at the commune, Libre. The dome quickly became the emblem for counter-cultural architecture, and it still holds that same mystic today...

In the '60s, just figuring out how to build a dome was half the battle. But now there are a number of options for round house living. If you want to build your own dome you can use the dome calculator, which was developed to help Burning Man dome builders figure out the measurements; buy dome more elaborate dome plans; or you can buy a dome in move-in condition.

Prices for already finished domes can range from $149,000 for a dome in Maine to $1.2 million for a San Francisco dome. Or if you prefer to stay square, you can check out Alastair Gordon's Spaced Out, a new book of psychedelic interiors, and just visit the '60s/'70s from the comfort of your own sofa.

Drop City Dome Image via Clark Richert
Dome Interior Image via Linda Fleming sculpture
Dome Plans Image via Natural Spaces Domes

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