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DYMAX REDUX:Crowd-sourcing a new map for the Buckminster Fuller Institute

Tue, Oct 22, 2013 12am - Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12am

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Dymaxion Woodocean World, Nicole Santucci + Woodcut Maps, 2013 Dymaxion Airocean World, R. Buckminster Fuller & Shoji Sadao, 1952
Dymaxion Woodocean World, Nicole Santucci + Woodcut Maps, 2013

An exhibition presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, The Buckminster Fuller Institute and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is proud to partner with The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design to exhibit DYMAX REDUX, a crowdsourcing design contest to highlight today's graphic designers, visual artists and citizen cartographers own interpretation of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map. Originally published 70 years ago, Fuller's map was a cartographic breakthrough showing one island in one ocean; an iconic design that has inspired generations since. The exhibit will feature mounted prints of all 11 finalists from the DYMAX REDUX contest, whose submissions offer a variety of beautifully original, informative and radical projections onto the Dymaxion world map. By using map as canvas these finalists explore a range of topics including deforestation, climate and atmospheric conditions, historic events, migration routes, water use, gun violence, urbanization, time zones and even lunar topography. Also exhibited will be a selection of Fuller's own maps to provide background and context for the project. 

More information about DYMAX REDUX

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 22, 6-8 pm
Exhibition on View: October 22 – November 27, 2013
Exhibition Hours: Monday – Friday 12-7pm, Saturday 12-5pm
Located in the 2nd Floor Hallway
The Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St. (b/w 3rd and 4th Aves.), 2nd floor, New York, NY 10003
Subways: Astor Place (6), 8th Street (N, R, W)
  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.