Asheville, North Carolina: BMC
Buckminster Fuller taught at Black Mountain College during the summers of 1948 and 1949. It was here that Fuller began popularizing his visionary reinvention of the geodesic dome — a structure based on a network of short struts that outline the surface of a sphere. Fuller and his students attempted to erect his first geodesic dome at Black Mountain College, but due to lack of proper materials the dome did not rise. Fuller believed that failure was part of experimentation, embracing the setback as part of a larger process.
Image: Fuller supine dome with Elaine de Kooning, Albert Lanier, Buckminster Fuller and others. Courtesy the Black Mountain College Courtesy Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina, Asheville, NC.