In 1946, Buckminster Fuller patented a map of Earth which presents geographic information without breaks in any of the continental contours, or any visible distortion of the relative shapes or sizes of the land masses. In 1954, with architect Shoji Sadao as cartographer, the Dymaxion Projection as we know it today was created. Designer Brendan Ravenhill has configured Fuller’s projection as a magnetic folding globe, a representation of Earth that easily transitions from flat to three dimensional. Fold it to form a geometric globe or unfold to reveal our flattened planet.
Photo: Reto Stockli, NASA Earth Observatory Mathematical development, programming, and initial rendering: Robert W. Gray
Designed by the buckminster fuller institute and brendan ravenhill
The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller by encouraging the disciplines of art, science, design and technology to come together and to bring forth the collective intelligence required to address the unprecedented challenges before us. BFI’s programs encourage practitioners and students to conceive of and apply transformative strategies based on whole-system thinking, fundamental principles found in nature, and an ethical worldview. Dedicated to accelerating visionary, comprehensive, whole-system solutions to critical problems, BFI supports change makers with The Fuller Challenge annual prize, and sponsors educational experiences, including conferences, symposia, and exhibitions—that transform our thinking.