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re: refried domes
10 jun 1997
j. michael rowland  wrote:

>thanks, dennis johnson, for forwarding me lloyd kahn's "refried domes" story
>of his personal disenchantment.

you might also enjoy steve baer's 40 page dome cookbook, 5th edition, 1996,
from trial and error/p o box 1327/corrales, nm 87048. some quotes:

  is the cube as they say "dead," or is it instead another type of
  life form that with its characteristic rectilinear grid is slowly
  taking over the planet like some kind of galactic impetigo? is my
  discussion already hopelessly compromised, lying as it does on
  rectangular sheets of paper? i can not answer these questions...

  these are instructions on how to almost break out of prison. the prison
  is the paucity of shapes to which we have in the past confined ourselves
  because of our technology-industry-education-economy...

  make the faces stiff enough so that you can jump up and down anywhere
  on any one of them without it giving...

  car tops are a good building material. they are cheap, strong, have
  an excellent paint job and are available almost everywhere... most tops
  taken off a car with an axe will be between 45 and 52 inches wide and
  50 to 70 inches long; a station wagon will give as much as 8 feet and
  a van or mini-bus even more. an experienced man with a good axe can easily
  chop 5 or 6 tops an hour, and when the cars are packed close together 
  so you don't have to touch ground you can go faster than this... power saws
  with carborundum blades, electric unishears, electric nibblers, acetylene
  torches, pneumatic chisels all of these will take tops off. the advantage
  of using an axe is that it's cheap and after some practice it can become
  a real pleasure to chop the top out of a car.

  chop along the sides first then the front and back. throw open the doors--
  one foot on an open door and one foot on the car is a good stance for
  chopping the sides...

  recently mandel bell and i rented an air compressor, marked off the shapes
  we needed right on the cars and then cut them out easily with a pneumatic
  chisel. cutting the trimmed shapes right out of the junk yard eliminated
  at least two thirds of the work in the previous routine. it also meant
  we could haul twice as many tops in a load...

  at drop city we couldn't get the second-to-last pentagon in. we took
  a day off. during this day a very strong chinook wind blew, the continual
  working of the building in this strong wind must have cooked the whole
  structure because the next morning the pentagon dropped right into place...

  a zonahedron is a convex polyhedron all of whose faces are zonagons and
  a zonagon is a polygon whose sides are in equal and parallel pairs. zonagons 
  can be stretched to form different shapes without altering angles... the
  first man to work with zonahedra was the russian crystallographer federov...
  more recently zonahedra have been investigated by p. donchian who predicted
  that they were 3d projections of four dimensional figures--this has now been
  proved. i first read of zonahedra in h. s. m. coxeter's excellent book
  regular polytopes and in his contribution to w. w. rouse ball's book
  mathematical recreations & essays... any zonahedron can be dissected into 
  1/6xn(n-1)(n-2) parallelepipeds... one for every 3 of the n directions.
  these volumes are easy to calculate--so the total volume is also easy...

  a rhombic dodecahedron and an exploded rhombic dodecahedron. in this case
  it has been exploded just as far as the edge lengths of the diamonds. in
  this picture all  the zones are the same length and they are also equal
  to the explosion a=b=c=d=e. fused cluster of exploded rhombic dodecahedra.
  the zones have been stretched different lengths and the entire cluster is
  cut by the plane of the floor. these are zomes...

  i have made huge nets of rubber bands and strings. i first did this on the
  wooden attic floor of my wife's grandmother's house in switzerland. during 
  the same time audrey and i were experimenting with blowing soap bubbles... 

  in the book 20th century engineering there is a picture of a planetarium
  built in germany in 1922--it has the form of a multifrequency geodesic dome.
  who invented this form? i don't believe it was buckminster fuller...
  
  i bought fuller's untitled epic poem on industrialization in london
  oct 1963. i had never heard of fuller and didn't know what the strange 
  looking structure was on the cover. i believe this is the best book fuller
  has written. i have reread it many times... as i read it i felt as if my
  mind were learning to swim. does anyone else understand the world so well
  as fuller--if so why can't the rest of us sing about it as he can?

nick




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