Monday, May 30, 2011

30 May 1957 “Geodesic Dome : Part Two and Memorial Day”

 memorialdayparade Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S. We celebrate and honor those who have fought in the military.

Interestingly enough, it was first celebrated by formerly enslaved Black Americans  to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War who had died in the cause of their freedom.  After  World War I  it came to represent and honor those Americans who had died in all wars. After WWII it began to include visiting graves and reflecting on all those in the military, rather they had fallen or not. It also marks the official beginning of the Summer Season. This is particularly felt here where I live on Cape Cod, a summer destination.

I hope all of you are going to enjoy parades or silent reflections today. And to consider and reflect upon our current wars. I hope, now that Bin Laden is dead, we might bring our men and women home. I am not sure if this will be the case.

Now, onto the second part of the Geodesic dome. It is a very interesting structure and odd that is sort of fell on the wayside.
fuller6This was an amazing “everyman’s” example made from 1/4 plywood.
I have to say the inexpensive quality and sheer speed at which such a structure could be built is tempting to want to try. And what a system to use for towns and states who have not much money in budgets but want to have construction for town programs. Farmers markets for year round use. Additional school buildings or even inexpensive housing for those who are losing their homes in this economy. I wonder why I have heard so little of this. Whenever I thought of the dome before this article, I always considered big expensive projects like Epcot center. Very interesting indeed.

 hope all have a lovely day, rather you are celebrating Memorial day in the U.S. or simply enjoying the day.
Happy Homemaking.

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