Something feels universally right and good seeing our newly acquired geodesic dome. That it is for climbing is a boon. Somehow a geodesic dome feels right to me. Somehow it says a cosmic YES!
YES to what? Let’s find out!
THE CONCEPTS BEHIND THE GEODESIC DOME
One of the ways Buckminster Fuller (“Bucky”) would describe the differences in strength between a rectangle and a triangle would be to apply pressure to both structures. The rectangle would fold up and be unstable but the triangle withstands the pressure and is much more rigid–in fact the triangle is twice as strong. This principle directed his studies toward creating a new architectural design, the geodesic dome, based also upon his idea of “doing more with less.” Fuller discovered that if a spherical structure was created from triangles, it would have unparalleled strength.
The sphere uses the “doing more with less” principle in that it encloses the largest volume of interior space with the least amount of surface area thus saving on materials and cost. Fuller reintroduced the idea that when the sphere’s diameter is doubled it will quadruple its square footage and produce eight times the volume. https://www.bfi.org/about-fuller/big-ideas/geodesic-domes