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Fri 04.30.2010

Film Screening: "A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome"


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM FRIDAY, APRIL 30

Where: At The Center   

Upon its completion in October 1958, the Union Tank Car Dome, located north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the largest clear-span structure in the world. Based on the engineering principles of the visionary design scientist and philosopher Buckminster Fuller, this geodesic dome was, at 384 feet in diameter, the first large scale example of this building type. "A Necessary Ruin" relates the powerful, compelling narrative of the dome’s history via interviews with architects, engineers, preservationists, media, and artists; animated sequences demonstrating the operation of the facility; and hundreds of rare photographs and video segments taken during the dome’s construction, decline, and demolition.

Discussion led by filmmaker Evan Mather and Fuller expert Jonathan Marvel, AIA.

Evan Mather is an American filmmaker and landscape architect with Los Angeles-based AHBE. He is known for his short films spanning multiple genres including animation, film title design, documentary, music video, and mockumentary. In 2002 a retrospective of his work played at the Seattle Art Museum. His 2007 film "So What?" received the 2008 Communications Award of Honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

This event is organized as part of Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Our Modern Landmarks on view at the Center for Architecture through May 1.


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