Art: Bucky, Inc.

When Richard Buckminster Fuller's name is mentioned, most architects chuckle indulgently; a few reverently bow their heads. Sparkling "Bucky" Fuller, a rotund little man who looks more businesslike than he is, long ago startled the U.S. with designs for three-wheeled, tear-shaped cars and pear-shaped "Dymaxion" houses hung from metal masts, but he never succeeded in convincing investors that his ideas were adaptable to mass production — the only kind that interests him. At 54, Bucky confesses without a smile that his one purpose is still to house "the 800 million people now...

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