Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller in Philadelphia — Photograph by Ira Simmons

“Why do people call me optimistic? I’m a sailor, sir. I know I can’t cross the ocean on dumb luck. I know humanity can fail. I also feel nature bred us to succeed, and we have the mind and the tools. Shelter is a basic human need. We must have a membrane against the cold. Right now, from the material in the average automobile, I can make a house.”

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