30 Mar '12, 9pm

Bucky by the Bay | Modern Luxury

Bucky by the Bay | Modern Luxury

If it weren’t for Buckminster Fuller, campers would probably still be sleeping in pup tents, not unlike the ones you made with sheets as a kid in your backyard. And the new show at SFMOMA, “The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area,” details the Bay Area’s role in Fuller’s bold idea. Yes, it was this nonconformist, progressive dreamer- designer whose theories about tensegrity—his word for tension combined with integrity—and promotion of the geodesic dome helped create the North Face’s breakthrough Oval Intention in 1976. With its domed roof and interior pole system, this structure changed the look and technique of tent-making forever—and it was the result of efforts by several Bay Area players who were Fuller disciples, including mathematician Bruce Hamilton of the North Face and Bob Gillis, whose own tent company, Shelter Systems, is in Menlo Park. But tent...

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