R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models

Review: A new R. Buckminster Fuller exhibition goes far beyond the dome

October 23, 2018 - Sharon Mizota

If you’re already familiar with R. Buckminster Fuller, you won’t learn much from the current exhibition at Edward Cella Art & Architecture. It’s not much of an introduction, either, but still presents an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of this visionary thinker.

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Systems to design human habitat. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and models

October 4, 2018 - Giovanni Comoglio

Global, networked, repeatable, cross-material, easy to inhabit with or without a family, to drive on a road, to be made sliding on water through some good rowing: when it comes to Richard Buckminster Fuller,  it is hard to use such reductive words as world. The subject of Fuller’s research may be better defined as a system.


The Argonaut: Bucking Convention

October 3, 2018 - Sarah Davidson

 The imagination of the late R. Buckminster Fuller is on scintillating display in Culver City:

Visitors to Edward Cella Art + Architecture’s new exhibit “R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models” have likely heard the acronym STEM: science, technology, engineering, mathematics. But they may not have heard the acronym that best describes the spirit of design innovator R. Buckminster Fuller’s philosophy: STEAM. The “A” stands for — you guessed it — art.

“The more we emphasize that ‘A,’ then we start to understand Fuller,” said Thomas T.K. Zung, Fuller’s protégé and CEO of Buckminster Fuller, Sadao and Zung Architects. “How could you look at the Eiffel Tower and not think of art? How could you look at the Brooklyn Bridge and not think of it as art? You’re leaving out most of the universe when you say, ‘Oh, you have to be a nerd to do science or technology or math.’ The ‘A’ embraces all of it.”


LA Weekly: Beyond the GeoDome: Art Objects by Buckminster Fuller

September 29, 2018 - Shana Nys Dambrot

Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (1895-1983) achieved superstar status in his lifetime, and the cultlike legend of his career in architecture, philosophy and sustainable design has only grown in the decades following his death.


KCRW: Buckminster Fuller at Edward Cella Art & Architecture

September 20, 2018 - Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp talks about the visionary’s relevance in the 21st Century.

If the name R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) brings up any associations in the 21st century, it is for his creation of the geodesic dome. This structure looks complex because it is made of interconnected geometric forms that result in a slightly spherical shape. It has been used for decades as inexpensive and pragmatic shelter, an alternative to more traditional but also more costly methods of construction that involve foundations and load- bearing walls.


Culture Trip: Edging Towards Utopia: The Legacy of Buckminster Fuller

September 19, 2018 - Amber C. Snider

One of the greatest design scientists and thinkers of the 20th century, Buckminster Fuller is often referred to as the da Vinci of the modern era. From his prefabricated housing designs to his now-ubiquitous geodesic domes and Dymaxion maps, Fuller’s work was prodigiously ahead of its time.

But perhaps more than the outcome of his inventions, it was his cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach to problem-solving that remains revolutionary. Tackling everything from transportation, ecological destruction, and affordable housing, Fuller wasn’t afraid to confront complex problems. And he certainly wasn’t afraid to fail.

Here, Edward Cella, curator of Richard Buckminster Fuller, Inventions and Models in Los Angeles, discusses the self-taught prodigy.

Architect's Newspaper: 5 art shows across the US that architects will love

September 13, 2018 - Drew Zeiba

The inimitable R. Buckminster Fuller, famous for his geodesic domes among many other inventions, is getting an exhibition that’s a first-of-its-kind for Los Angeles, the city he last called home. Centered largely around the limited-edition print Inventions portfolio, R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models will feature an array of prints, objects, and structural models produced in the last years of his life that highlight the radical thoughts of one of the 20th century’s most iconic architectural thinkers.

BLOUIN ARTINFO: R. Buckminster Fuller Retrospective at Edward Cella Art & Architecture

September 12, 2018

Richard Buckminster Fuller’s retrospective, “Inventions and Models” is currently on view at the Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, through November 3, 2018. The exhibition gives a peek into Fuller’s perspective on the world and humanity.

Fuller (1895-1983) is considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century and his ability to think across disciplines, connecting the worlds of science, engineering, architecture, design, and art was one of his most important and lasting contributions....

KCRW: 5 Design Things to do This Week - Buckminster Fuller

September 11, 2018 - Frances Anderton

Famed for inventing the geodesic dome, R. Buckminster Fuller also re-imagined housing, transportation, mapping, engineering, and construction systems. Thirty-five years after his passing in Los Angeles, Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models, an exhibition of original prints, models, and objects by the 20th-century visionary, affectionately known as Bucky Fuller.

On Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3 pm, Thomas T.K. Zung, partner of Buckminster Fuller, Sadao & Zung Architects will give illustrated talk on Fuller’s life and work. And coming up on Saturday, Oct. 13, his daughter Allegra Fuller Snyder, longtime dancer as well as founder of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, will discuss its current projects with Board President David McConville.

Culture Trip: A Modern-Day da Vinci: Buckminster Fuller Exhibition opens in Los Angeles

September 10, 2018 - Amber C. Snider

Often called the “Leonardo da Vinci of our time,” Buckminster Fuller wasn’t just an architect. As an inventor, artist and engineer, his futuristic, revolutionary designs are perhaps more relevant today than ever before. A new exhibition and the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area, Richard Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models at Edward Cella Art & Architecture gallery, examines some of his most important inventions and cultural contributions, including his prefabricated housing designs and Dymaxion maps.

DeZeen: Buckminster Fuller anticipated the problems we're facing today, says exhibition curator

August 27, 2018 - Elenaor Gibson

Drawings and maquettes by Buckminster Fuller prove that he predicted current global issues, and demonstrate how he proposed to solve them, according to the curator of an upcoming exhibition about the late inventor.

The projects to be displayed in the Richard Buckminster Fuller, Inventions and Models exhibition – which opens at Edward Cella Art + Architecture in Los Angeles next month – present forward-thinking solutions for affordable housing and transport that make "the most with the least".

DeZeen: Eight of Buckminster Fuller's most forward-thinking ideas

August 27, 2018 - Elenaor Gibson

An exhibit celebrating the work of late American architect-inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller opens in Los Angeles next week. Here's eight of his futuristic designs, including "autonomous" prefab houses with bulging windows, an underwater island and a pared-back rowing boat.

Architect's Newspaper: Buckminster Fuller

August 8, 2018 - Antonio Pacheco

This September, Edward Cella Art & Architecture will present R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models, an exhibition highlighting original prints, models, and other objects created by 20th century architect, engineer, inventor, and artist R. Buckminster Fuller.  

Architect Magazine: Buckminster Fuller

August 8, 2018 - Ayda Ayoubi

An upcoming exhibition at the Edward Cella Art & Architecture in Los Angeles will display a rarely seen selection of original drawings, screen-prints, models, and objects by late American architect R. Buckminster Fuller. The exhibition, which will be accompanied by two public programs—organized and presented in collaboration with the Buckminster Fuller Institute—will be the first of its kind to be displayed in LA. The show will open Sept. 8 and will end Nov. 3.