Do More With Less

"Bucky" realized the critical role humans play in their own success. He called for design solutions that "do more with less," and challenged us to "make the world work for 100% of humanity." He is considered by many to be the father of the modern sustainability movement.


Bucky favored whole-system approaches to problem solving, and coined the term "synergy" to capture the principle that when one is engaged in cooperative action, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Through teaching "comprehensive anticipatory design science" Bucky believed in creating change by focusing on the artifacts within the environment in which humans interact.

The Dome Home

In April 1960 he assembled the dome home in Carbondale and lived in it with his wife Anne until 1971. Considered to be one of the strongest and most efficient structures known to humankind, the geodesic dome is Buckminster Fuller's most enduring legacy. He patented the dome home in 1954 as a solution to humanity's need for safe, affordable and accessible housing.

Time at SIUC

A Professor in the Design Department at Southern Illinois University from 1959 to 1972, Bucky is a unique figure in Carbondale history, and a grandfather of the green movement.

He produced some of his most important work during his time as a distinguished University Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1959 to 1971.

While a professor at SIUC, Bucky made the front cover of Time Magazine and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Additionally, during his twelve years in Carbondale he produced some of his most influential writing; more than a quarter of his 23 patents, and the bestowing of nearly half his 48 honorary doctorates.

His challenge:

"Make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone."

Buckminster Fuller was a significant visionary of the 20th century. He was known as an architect, author, designer, philosopher, educator, mathematician, futurist, engineer, entrepreneur, and inventor.

In 1983, just months before his death, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States government.