Ce brillant essai illustré retrace la création et le développement des « Dymaxion Houses » par Buckminster Fuller entre 1929 et 1946. Ce concept d'habitation individuelle préfabriquée et modulable fut une véritable révolution. Il exerce encore aujourd'hui une influence considérable.
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With the publication of the Dymaxion House in 1929, Buckminster Fuller became an overnight sensation in the world of American architecture. It was an uncompromising design and spectacularly novel. The living areas were hexagonal and attached around a central supply tower, and the multistory interior was fully climate-controlled. The house was conceived as completely self-sufficient - all the necessary supply modules were contained in the tower. The rooms were equipped with the most modern furnishings and fixtures. The approximately 150 m2 house weighed just 3 tons, cost no more than a car, and was designed to be constructed and dismantled anytime and anywhere. The house reflected Fuller's basic technological principle, his determination toachieve the greatest possible utility at the smallest possible cost in terms of energy and materials by making use of everything that science and technology have to offer. The author examines and compares Fuller's Dymaxion House in the context of the international development.