Doing More With Less

The Dymaxion Map by Buckminster Fuller
The Dymaxion Map by Buckminster Fuller. They can be purchased from the BFI store. ©Buckminster Fuller Institute.

In the news recently, I saw a map of Earth that was used to illustrate some point in the article.  And on that map, the continent of Antarctica was nowhere to be found. Having recently re-seen Werner Herzog’s Oscar nominated, 2007 documentary Encounters at the End of the World, I was annoyed that Antarctica had seemingly, well, fallen off the face of the Earth. Given climate change, why isn’t Antarctica given a bit more respect?

There are different types of world maps. Most of them distort the shapes of the land masses as well as the relationships between the continents, countries and bodies of water. It’s all misrepresented.

However, there is one map that does represent Earth without any obvious distortion.  And that map is the Dymaxion Map, also known as the Fuller Projection Map. That’s Fuller as in Buckminster Fuller whom I mentioned in my post Call Me Trim Tab a few days ago. It’s a fantastic map and one of my favorite inventions by Fuller.

And one more thing, Fuller made up the word “dymaxion”. If you haven’t heard of it before, can you guess what it means? Hint: It’s a portmanteau.

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