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R. Buckminster Fuller: Pattern-Thinking

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A book reassessing the work of Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller was a unique hybrid between theoretician, architect, designer, educator, inventor, and author - as advancing contemporary models of design-research, practice, and pedagogy. Drawing extensively on Fuller's archive, the book follows his unique process of translation between the physical and conceptual dimensions of design to redefine our understanding of the relationships between geometry, structure, language, and intellectual property. Rather than being organised around a chronology of distinct narratives, 'Pattern-Thinking' follows these parallel explorations as the basis for Fuller's artefacts and inventions.

In the space between lines, models, words, and patents, it traces his ambition to measure physical experience in an ever-expanding pattern of relationships, while coordinating these into a conceptual network of words and concepts that shape the basis for his thinking. Advocating a multidisciplinary and political perspective, Fuller's transversal logic expands the knowledge base of contemporary models of design, which seek to find broader participation and to address new publics.


  • Author: Daniel Lopez-Perez
  • Paperback: 350 pages | 300 illustrations
  • Date published: November 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3037786093
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.5 cm

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