Domes are extremely stable structures. Learn about the history of domes and the modern geodesic domes. Learn about Buckminster Fuller who invented the geodesic dome and his extraordinary life. Also includes eThemes resources on architecture.
FactMonster: Modern Domes
Learn about modern domes as well as early domes, the "Renaissance Refinements", and "Roman and Byzantine Domes."
FactMonster: Geodesic Dome
Read this definition of the geodesic dome.
Biography: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Read a brief biography of the man known as Bucky Fuller. Click on the small picture to see five large pictures.
PBS: All About Domes
Click on different links to learn about dome basics and see pictures of some of the most famous domes including the Astrodome, Olympic Stadium, the U.S. Capitol, and many more.
PBS: American Masters: Buckminster Fuller
Buckminster Fuller revolutionized thinking in many fields including architecture, poetry, engineering, environmentalism, and many more.
The Buckminster Fuller Institute
"To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone," said Buckminster Fuller. This Institute carries on his ideals and work. NOTE: The site has a link to a forum.
Synergetics on the Web: Geodesic Domes
Explore several topics on geodesic domes such as the history, geometry, and prototypes.
PBS: Geodesic Domes
Scroll down the page to read this activity for grades 5-8.
Dedicated to Bucky
This short biography shows a diagram of Carbon-60 and discusses the man who invented the term "Spaceship Earth."
How Stuff Works: Eden Project
Look at this geodesic greenhouse and the photographs that show its construction. NOTE: The site includes ads.
eThemes Resource: Architecture
Learn about architecture around the world including how the St. Louis Gateway Arch was built, Hoover Dam, famous architects, and stories about the people who built them. There are sites with lesson plans on how to teach students to draw floor plans, make blue prints, and draw their own architectural plans. Also included are several pictures of famous structures, lists of architecture books, and glossaries of words.
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