Join us for Dome Days 2013: "Bringing Bucky Home"

The R. Buckminster Fuller Dome NFP is hosting its first annual Dome Days event April 18-20, 2013 to raise the balance of money needed to complete the first phase of restoration of the dome. Events and activities planned for all ages include:

Thursday, April 18, 4:30–6:00 PM
A World Game panel sponsored by Southern Illinois University’s Global Media Research Center.
Where: SIU School of Mass Communication, Room 1032.

Friday, April 19, 7–9 PM
A Better Place is a sound installation and performance piece that posits a fictional conversation between two of the 20th Century's better-known aspirational thinkers, John Cage and R. Buckminster Fuller. The basic sound materials used are recordings of each man's voice: Fuller's lectures on the World Game at Southern Illinois University in 1966, and Cage reading from his text "Diary: How to Improve the World (You'll Only Make Matters Worse)". Of this latter text, Cage said, "I began the Diary optimistically in 1965 to celebrate the work of R. Buckminster Fuller, his concern for human needs and world resources, his comprehensive scientific designs for making life on earth an unequivocal success, his insistence that problem solving be continuously regenerative ..." Instead of creating a literal dialogue, the pitches and rhythms of the simultaneously spoken words form interference patterns that organize and disperse in a variety of sonic structures.
Where: Fuller Dome Home, 407 S. Cherry, Carbondale, Illinois

Saturday, April 20, 10 AM–2 PM
Design activities for kids at the dome, and an architectural charrette planning session focused on Carbondale’s Arbor District, sponsored by the local chapter of the AIA (American Institute of Architects).
Where: Fuller Dome Home

Saturday, April 20, 7–9 PM
“Bringing Bucky Home,” a reception at the Dome with live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, stories from local community members who knew Bucky personally, and a silent auction.
Where: Fuller Dome Home

The Dome Home

The geodesic dome is Buckminster Fuller's most enduring legacy, and the city of Carbondale is the proud home of the only dome which Bucky lived in and owned.

Our Mission

RBF Dome NFP was formed in 2002 by a small group of local volunteers who believed that the Fuller Dome Home in Carbondale, Illinois was an extremely important historic artifact which should be preserved for the appreciation and education of future generations.

We are dedicated to a complete restoration of the Fuller Dome Home. This will ensure not only an additional educational-tourist resource to Southern Illinois, but a physical space where we can embrace, share, and express our unique cultural and intellectual heritage.

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We work to:

...preserve the original dome home of R. Buckminster Fuller and Anne Hewlett-Fuller located at 407 South Forest Ave. in Carbondale, Illinois...

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Sketch of Dome as it will look after the Phase One Exterior Preservation