Among Disney Fans, nothing is more iconic than Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. But a close second is Epcot’s Spaceship Earth, the large Geodesic Dome that serves as a home to the Spaceship Earth Attraction as well as the icon for the park.
That large icon would have never been put in place if it wasn’t for the inventor and creator of the geodesic dome, Buckminster Fuller and today we celebrate his 122nd Birthday as he was born on July 12, 1895 in Milton, Massachusetts.
He dedicated his life to making better environments for mankind and has authored over 30 books in his lifetime. In 1949 he was the first person to build a geodesic dome that was a building and it could sustain its’ own weight throughout with no practical limitations.
Overtime many have constructed domes of many shapes and sizes and the most recognizable is that from Epcot’s Spaceship Earth. Many terms and verbiage have been popularized by Fuller in his years including Synergetic and of course, Spaceship Earth, which is what remained the inspiration for the name of the attraction and icon we all love at Epcot.
So Happy Birthday Buckminster Fuller. Now let’s take a ride in his honor today!