Have you noticed a new geodesic dome near the AH Visual Arts building? Art Professor, Sarah Vanderlip explains the new addition to CSUB and AH:
"Geodesic Dome, 16’ x 30 ft. diameter. Made of steel, vinyl, zip ties. Originally invented in Germany in the 1920's, and later manufactured and designed by R. Buckminster Fuller in 1947, he patented it in 1954. Through Fuller's study of "synergetic geometry" he built the first commercial dome for the Ford Motor Company in 1953 in Michigan. He produced domes as portable structure for the military and they were also used post-war as a means of alternative, residential housing. In the 1960's, Dome kits gained popularity.
Now 300,000 domes exist in the world and CSUB is the second college campus in California to have one, after U.C. Berkeley. The CSUB Dome is manufactured to the original specifications by Pacific Domes in Oregon, and their office lead a team of students, faculty and staff through the installation northwest of the Visual Arts Building.
Open to the public and to the university, we purchased the dome for the Department of Art and Art History to serve as a source of design study, a meeting place, and to hold events, lectures and performances."
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