The R. Buckminster Fuller Collection documents the life and work of this 20th century polymath, and contains his personal archive, correspondence, manuscripts. In , Buckminster Fuller began to catalog all of his personal documents into the “Dymaxion Chronofile,” a chronological filing system that. Fuller called it the Dymaxion Chronofile. He cross-referenced its contents with 13, index cards. The archives also include “over 2,

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You will simply say, this is right, or this is wrong.

Once a project is complete, I review any correspondance hanging out there and decide what needs to go and what needs to stay. Otherwise, why are you keeping them?

Many hoarders keep stuff out of anxiety that they might need it someday. Retrieved from ” https: Maybe the things we have saved are things we should let go. There is now a technology that will over come both of the problems of data rot.

The Dymaxion House looked vaguely flying-saucer-ish, like something out of The Jetsons. Your comment has helped me rethink the way I store both physical and electronic information, and how much I really need to keep.

This is said to be the most documented human life in history.

A Fuller Archives Story | The Buckminster Fuller Institute

Pavilion for the World Expo. Not having to take time and gas to go buy something to fill a need when I already have something on hand. Dymsxion additional digital storage dymaxin you have files on your drive that you could delete without much consequence is, to me, akin to moving into a bigger house or getting a large container for your junk rather than getting rid of it.


But some researchers contend that many of the most productive people do have some degree of hypomania. In 45 years, I have regretted purging perhaps 4 or 5 items. So I said that the individual can be a trim tab.

Dymaxion Chronofile

It includes detailed notes and sketches, incoming and outgoing correspondence, and even minutiae like his dry cleaning bills. Views Read Edit View history. I wonder, though, whether some things are actually detrimental to our happiness to keep.

I think how much space those files would physically take up if they were printed out is a moot point. He knew technology would catch up with his ideas. I keep doing it because the items in question do chronoffile come in handy to complete a task or make a repair, or to be re-used, or re-purposed. What did he say?

I am in the camp of getting rid of it when you are finished with it. He did not have the right to eliminate himself.

Ahead of His Time

But just as much as we need to worry about permanence, we need to make sure that the data we store things on, can be used 10,20,30 years down the line. That sort of manic activity reminds me of someone being bipolar and evidently he was prone to depression, at least the reactive kind. Getting rid of these things might be a cathartic and motivating experience. First and foremost should be the decision whether an item, tangible or not, is worth saving.


The round footprint of the home was built around a central mast supporting the roof, and the structure could easily collapse into its own central tube to be shipped long distances.

His research was motivated by an effort to solve housing. I think everyone needs to answer this question for themselves, depending on their budget and time constraints. Digital photos are a killer for me! dymaixon

Chrohofile has since been called an architect, an engineer, a philosopher, a designer, and much more. In aggregate, the collection weighed 45 tons. This article about a biographical or autobiographical book whose subject was born in the United States is a stub. For the paranoid, they can run their own version of this service or manually put in authentication credentials. Self confidence comes to play. Since his death, the Chronofile has ironically revealed how little of his life story conformed to fact.

US patent in Buying a newer-bigger harddrive dispells energy and environmental impact as does throwing out the smaller information storage pieces. Nice food for thought, thanks!

For Fuller, was a significant year. But standing at the shore, Fuller instead experienced an epiphany. My theory is to sort through it periodically and delete anything that is not necessary.