Your Private Sky: R. Buckminster Fuller - The Art of Design Science


Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983)—American architect, designer, and inventor—was one of the most revolutionary technological visionaries of the 20th century. He established new standards that can be seen as decisive for future-capable design. He dedicated his unflagging attention to a singular task: “How to make the world work.” Convinced that specialists usually create more problems than they solve, he developed his concept for a vision of the whole. As an architect, engineer, entrepreneur and poet, he was a quintessentially American self-made man. But he was also an outsider: a technologist with a poet’s imagination who already developed theories of environmental control in the thirties and who anticipated the globalization of our planet. Catchphrases of our time, like “Spaceship Earth”, “synergetic”, or “think global, act local”—can directly or indirectly be traced back to Bucky.

In light of a reawakening interest in R. Buckminster Fuller’s works and thoughts, and of their growing importance for our technological world, it is time for a new edition of this comprehensive and legendary publication, originally published in 1999. Your Private Sky is a visual reader that examines and documents Fuller’s theories, ideas and projects, and critically deals with his ideology of “rescue through technology.” Amply illustrated, this book provides a highly multifaceted insight into Fuller’s world, also showing many of its less known sides.

Edited by Joachim Krausse and Claude Lichtenstein

Designed by Integral Lars Müller/Lars Müller, Christian Guler, and Annette Schmidt

Published by Lars Müller Publishers

Softcover, 528 pages, ca. 600 color images, 6.5 × 9.5 inches

ISBN: 978-3-03778-524-9