Friday, September 11, 2009 - 11:40

Who: Allegra Fuller Snyder, the only surviving child of Buckminster Fuller, noted architect and inventor of the geodesic dome. What: Allegra will be visiting the Eden Project, probably the best contemporary example of her father’s geodesic dome design, for the first time. When: Wednesday September 16, 10.30am Where: Viewing platform, Visitor Centre, Eden Project.

The only surviving child of Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, one of the most influential architects and thinkers of recent times, will be visiting the Eden Project on September 16.

Allegra Fuller Snyder, 82, is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Professor Emerita of Dance and Dance Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

She is visiting Eden to see one of the best realisations of her father’s revolutionary geodesic dome idea. Bucky died in 1983, well before the Eden Project was even conceived.

Allegra is coming to Eden as part of a trip to the UK and she has wanted to see the project ever since it was opened in March 2001. She will be hosted by George Elworthy, Eden’s Phase Five Director, and will also meet the project’s Foundation Director, Tony Kendle.

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was an American architect, author, designer, inventor, and futurist who, as well as developing the geodesic dome, wrote more than thirty books.

Other notable geodesic domes include the pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, which is now used as an aviary at the city's Queens Zoo.