Buckminster Fuller on Change

Buckminster Fuller and his Geodesic Dome

Buckminster Fuller and a complex model of his geodesic dome.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller


Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895—1983) was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. He was expelled from Harvard twice and never finished to receive his degree. One reason for his expulsion was “irresponsibility and lack of interest.”  Fuller published more than 30 books. And popularized terms such as “Spaceship Earth”, “Dymaxion” house/car, ephemeralization, synergetic, and “tensegrity.” Fuller is best known for popularizing the geodesic dome.

— Wikipedia

(The date for the quotation is a guess. Please let me know if you have the date and a source.)


In ~1971, a friend went to the bank to borrow $12,000 to build her home. The bank said, “It is impossible to build a home for $12,000. You have to borrow at least $24,000.” So, she borrowed $24,000, built her geodesic dome, and returned $12,000.

Sharon Villines