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Ephemeralization - Doing more with less - Buckminster Fuller

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In the mid 20th century, the designer, author, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller brought a wealth of innovative ideas and excitement to engineering and architecture. Inspired by his belief that there are more than enough resources on the Earth to allow for 100 percent of humanity to succeed, he frequently spoke about "doing more with less" to achieve this goal.
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Bucky's Other Contributions

Aside from coining the term ephemeralization, R. Buckminster Fuller contributed many novel ideas to modern society. One of his famous contributions is the Geodesic Dome, perhaps most recognizable as the centerpiece of EPCOT Center at Disney World. The structure is based on the idea that triangles are twice as strong as rectangles and thus "if a spherical structure was created from triangles, it would have unparalleled strength." Originally designed to address housing issues at the end of WWII, the innovative structure has since been built again and again across the world.

For more information about Geodesic Domes and the life of R. Buckminster Fuller, visit the Buckminster Fuller Institute's website:

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We are more able than ever to deal with the issues of climate change and resource management on a technological level, yet society as a whole is slow to adopt the innovations or methods that scientists and designers give us. It may be hard to change society as a whole, but what can you as students do to encourage people in your local community to embrace new ideas and change their old habits to better care for their environments?
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