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.
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Teachers will find it intriguing to have students analyze the map and the surrounding text and compare them with current data. For example: see what changes exist in the most populous cities, the time it takes to travel by air or by sea to different places, and most importantly…the changes in mean 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.” Students can explore various issues, such as the multiplicity of directions of the compass direction “North” across the face of the map. Fuller’s map has also been reconfigured by oceanographers to have the oceans as the primary focus, with the separations taking place on the land instead of the sea. An excellent tool for class discussions, it can be used also for creative writing, media literacy, geography, philosophy, and global studies.
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