800-736-1293
We Love Your Calls
(Try anytime,
even odd hours)
SEARCH
SITE DIRECTORY

PRODUCTS

  MAPS
  VIDEOs, DVDs, and CDs
  BOOKS & GLOBES
  GAMES & PUZZLES
  FOR EDUCATORS & PRESENTERS
  GIFTS, PLACEMATS, MAGNETS, POSTCARDS
  NEWEST & BEST
  SPECIALS & BARGAINS

STORE INFO

HOW TO ORDER
CHECKOUT
FAQs

PRODUCT INFO

BEHIND THE MAPS
FREE MAPS & MORE
VIDEO LIBRARY (FREE)
PRESS/ REVIEWS

ABOUT US

ABOUT ODT
GET E-UPDATES

SERVICES

WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS
LINKS/ RESOURCES
CUSTOM SERVICES

OPPORTUNITIES

BE AN AFFILIATE
DEALERS ONLY

 



Buckminster Fuller Raleigh Edition Dymaxion Map
       
 

Description

This Raleigh Edition of the Dymaxion (TM) map, first designed in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a vivid color reproduction of the original rendition created by R. Buckminster Fuller in 1954 in his office there. We have reproduced the map exactly as it was first conceived and produced by its creator. Both the land masses and the grayscale shading in the oceans represent mean low annual temperatures. The visionary Fuller designed this map to help us recognize that 'we're all astronauts aboard a little spaceship called Earth.' Because it can be reconfigured into a variety of patterns, it also communicated the point that 'there are many ways to see the world.'  Prices from $20.

NOW ON SALE: Paper folded $17.99


Options



Quantity: *
Email a Friend  Shipping Sample Rates
 
BACKGROUND
CLASSROOM
ADVANTAGES
BACKGROUND
RELATED PRODUCTS
 
Buckminster Fuller Raleigh Edition Dymaxion Map

Fuller's writings make it clear that the map’s primary function was to allow people to view all of the major land masses without any of the maps borders passing through, and therefore dividing, the major land masses. Fuller was looking for a way to show the land areas without grossly distorting the continent's relative size or their shapes. That is, he wanted to display Africa and Greenland, say, in such a way that showed their relative sizes correctly, without shape distortion. Fuller said he was after visual appearance. Africa on the plane map should visually look like, and therefore be easily identifiable as, Africa on the world sphere.
The late R. Buckminster Fuller had a remarkable career as an inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, designer, cartographer, writer, theorist, poet, and cosmologist.  Many people would argue that life might be vastly improved if his designs were better known and implemented. In one of his most widely known quotes he argues,  "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. His legacy is maintained through the Buckminster Fuller Institute (see http://bfi.org/)
NOTE: The Dymaxion map is included in the Equal Area section of our web site because Fuller's motivation was, in part, to create an image that minimized the distortion of both size and shape. At the time he created his map Fuller did not know how to reach an equal-area solution. While he worked closely with cartographer Shoji Sadao, between them they did not have access the cartographic tools to achieve a mathematically precise equal area map projection. Instead their process focused on mapping the sphere of the Earth onto 20 equilateral triangles. I have been assured by map projections expert, daan Strebe, that while the challenge of making Fuller's map into an equal area one is a formidable task...it is quite possible with the cartographic software and mathematical tools available today. Strebe has also noted that the end result of a precisely equal area Dymaxion map would not look significantly different to the casual observer. Thus, perhaps to the chagrin of professional cartographers, we have taken the liberty of including the Dymaxion in our section of Equal Area Maps.

New Page 1
   

CHECKOUT

ABOUT ODT HOME

Follow us on Facebook

ODT Maps, Inc.
PO Box 134, Amherst MA 01004 USA
Tel 1-800-736-1293 • Fax 1-413-549-3503 • Int'l 413-549-1293
Copyright © 2006, All Right Reserved

How To Obtain Rights of Use*

Privacy Policy