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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

“There is no energy crisis, just a crisis of ignorance,” the great Buckminster Fuller once wrote.

Sound bites or the ability to capture our imagination, explore the possibilities and open our minds. To come up with novel ideas and the world will beat a path to his door? Did the theory really meet the practice? Certainly engaged people to ponder, contemplate consider new possibilities and different horizons! Another famous quote: -

“I’m not trying to imitate nature; I’m trying to find the pencil she’s using.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

The richness, complexity, and genius of Bucky’s mind and his many inventions are impossible to cover in a single article.  But for starters, he was an early environmental activist, predicting and addressing today’s most pressing problems well before they were acknowledged in popular culture.

The Dymaxion House was developed to historically address several perceived shortcomings with existing homebuilding techniques. He designed several versions of the house at different times, they were all factory manufactured kits, assembled on site, intended to be suitable for any site or environment and to use resources efficiently. One important design consideration was ease of shipment and assembly. Perhaps inspiring the German manufacture Huf Haus? & undoubtedly others!

Criticisms of the Dymaxion Houses include its supposed inflexible design which completely disregarded local site and architectural idiom, and its use of energy-intensive materials such as aluminum, rather than low-energy materials, such as adobe or tile. Fuller chose aluminium for its light weight, great strength, and long-term durability, arguably factors that compensate for the initial production cost. Aluminum was also a logical choice if the homes were to be built in aircraft factories, which, since World War II had ended, had substantial excess capacity.

The Wichita House was a project Fuller accepted during World War II as an attempt to produce cost-effective dwellings for everyone. The project continued to develop the technological concept of the Dymaxion House, now incorporating a round floor plan instead of a hexagonal one. The reactions to the prototype were extraordinarily positive; nevertheless it was not produced industrially. Fuller, a consummate perfectionist, felt he could improve the design and was dissatisfied with the prototype. He refused to begin production rather than allowing the "unfinished" design to be used.

You can't help but love the poetic-ness of Bucky who would articulate his philosophies about life and our planet. (“Everybody is an astronaut,” he said, for example, “We all live aboard a beautiful little spaceship called earth.”)

As Bucky described, everything he did was “an experiment to discover what the little, penniless, unknown individual might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity. ”Passionate about efficiency and addressing the limited resources of the planet, he continuously found ways to recycle materials while promoting something he called “ephemeralization,” i.e. “doing more with less.” Perhaps influencing Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico? and again undoubtedly others too!

The anniversary of his death will be the 1st July 28 years since his departure. I am personally going to explore his original plans and designs of Dymaxion House in homage to his vision, foresight & splendor via various experimental designs utilising new technologies and materials appreciating local site and architectural idiom, and the use of low-energy materials, such as adobe or tile, perhaps wood and other natural building material, plus reclaimed and or recycled materials.

What I would have given to have been in the combined company of two truly amazing, awesome and inspirational futurists Buckminster Fuller and Professor James Blyth. Quite often in history their ideas seemed radical, even extreme, perhaps extraordinary, however for anybody that has visited the Eden Project his inspiration and legacy lives on endlessly today via influences such as the geodesic-domes. Perhaps the combined legacy that they both leave is the lack of commitment via bureaucrats, industry and commerce, plus bankers even financiers to ultimately grasp the benefits of the alternatives far and beyond monetary values!

Some would argue that nothing has changed, although maybe times are changing, slowly but surely? A physicist once said to me it's easy to create something on a blank canvas but when somebody has scribbled all over it or you run out of canvas, you run into risks and problems, the analogy of our environment! Also it's easy to travel in a straight line but when people constantly put obstacles in our way, we always have to deviate from the simplest route!!! "We're still trying to find the pencil Mother Nature's using" whilst others are scribbling crayon all over our canvas!!!

Documentary "The Spirit of Business & The Values of Principles"

Aim to be Michael Moore of Scotland, not mythological, true to myself, and my beliefs for a very successful and progressive Scotland via unique innovation, ideas, concepts and visions, that will continue sustainable lasting and meaningful legacies for Scotland! Through macro and micro initiative and "Method of Operating" being ignored or traceable, organic locally sourced incentives being wasted. We will be exploring Banking, Finance irregularities, and catastrophic failures, plus continual self centred preservation monopolies. Through to humongous calamities by bureaucrats, politicians via continual errors in judgment, detrimental to our wealth and well-being. Plus business and planning processes and the inconsistencies via a multitude of planning and business applications that have no consistent logic or coherent pattern? Scholars and Academics, Historians, Physicists, Psychiatrists through to various Professionals from different specialist areas and fields and Business People, plus ordinary folk will be involved in the process and partake via interviews. Wishing to contribute towards making a meaningful difference, evoking, plus proving significant change for the better of us all.

Should Donald Trump have been given the go-ahead for his golf resort?

The Energy Wall

The Energy Wall
Micro Wind Energy Renewables Set Within The Landscape

Local Heroes

The spirit, camaraderie, unity of the residents at Menie has not truly or honestly been captured. We intend to signify their courage and conviction in the face of belligerent and arrogant tyranny.

The World Need a Jolly Green Giant

We don't have a "Jolly Green Giant" Corporation but we do need an Eco Environmentally Sustainable Iconic Brand, with ethical values and principles via it's environmental stance.

Angels Of The North "Scottish Angels & Saints"

Calling Scottish Patriots romantic & passionate about Eco values. Creative enlightenment revived, vigor & valor of our spirit, culture, heritage and history, renew innovation. Takes one icon to act.

The Energy Sails & Awnings

The Energy Sails & Awnings
Micro Wind Energy Renewables Within A Sailing Context

Thinking out of the box

Therefore I have formed a Co-operative/Consortium like motive operandi applying inherent value and intrinsic value towards it current pledgeholders, future shareholders and anticipated investors. Beyond the mere principle value of itself and Co-operative/Consortium Partners, who share the same values and principles towards executing, performing and delivering overwhelming and unconditional current pledgeholders value, future shareholders and anticipated investors value and returns, beyond mere monetary values and principles but more importantly Ecological and Environmental dividends and returns. Towards making a substantial and prolific difference, through evoking, plus provoking necessary change in attitude, behaviour, culture towards the ecology, environment and the built environment.

Your Country Needs You

Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. Or go further what can you do for the people of this World? "Be a Social Responsible Entrepreneur" Action!

I Stand For Goodness What Do You Stand For?

We all have the ability to stand up and be counted. Lift our heads above the parapet, make a difference, be that change. Especially unique and innovative ethical ideas for the better of all.

Other Local Heroes

Extremely admirable the protest and statement Doctor David Kennedy made. I would concur that Donald Trump is by no means an exemplar or shinning idealogy for students to admire or follow.

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