Buckminster Fuller and the Football

about the football   (Free .pdf)

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The world cup is a good time to remember that the football itself is another work of Richard Buckminster Fuller.

Yes, the man who developed the geodesic dome. The man who coined the term  “Spaceship Earth” and inspired thoughts of sustainability.  The man whose work effected so much of architecture and building.

Around 1948 he was working on the “most efficient possible structure”: the sphere which covers the most volume with the least surface area. The geodesic dome was already known but Buckminster Fuller developed and published a deep understanding of its geometry.  The truncated isosahedron or “buckyball” –  another a solution to the sphere – was part of this investigation.

In the  sixties the Buckminster Fuller was adapted  design to the spherical needs of the football. By 1970 the Adidas “Telstar” was the ball of the world cup and that familiar pattern took its place in our consciousness as almost representing football itself.

We want you to celebrate “the beautiful form from the game of beautfy”  – and experience that wonderful link between sport and craft. It is about the fully functioning, moving, breathing human using hands and feet and heart – and not just staring at a screen.

We have adapted the pattern to a simplified desk-top dome.  You put your photo or graphics on the .gifs then print out and make. Enjoy.




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