How future-proof are the ideas of Buckminster Fuller ?  

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New Scientist has a review of a book on Bucky Fuller by Jonathon Keats, entitled "You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the future" - How future-proof are the ideas of Buckminster Fuller ?.

Chapter by chapter, Keats asks how the future has served Fuller’s ideas on city planning, transport, architecture, education. It’s a risky scheme, because it invites you to set Fuller’s visions up simply to knock them down again with the big stick of hindsight. But Keats is far too canny for that trap. He puts his subject into context, works hard to establish what would and would not be reasonable for him to know and imagine, and explains why the history of built and manufactured things turned out the way it has, sometimes fulfilling, but more often thwarting, Fuller’s vision.

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