Modern Living: Life in the Round

"When my ideas are needed badly enough, they're accepted. So I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented."

—Buckminster Fuller

The time seems to have come at last for Fuller's best-known idea: the geodesic dome that he first patented in 1954. Long used for large exhibition halls and warehouses, it suddenly has caught on as a dome-icile. Hillsides and forests from Connecticut to California are being covered with easy-to-build, simple-to-maintain dome homes.

There are conflicting explanations for the new-found popularity of the dome. For some, it is a...

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