A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome
April 30, 2010
In place of its originally scheduled lecture, “Preserving Colonial Modernism: The Belgian Friendship Building by Henri van de Velde,” the Center for Architecture is hosting a film screening as the last event related to its “Modernism at Risk” exhibition. The film, “A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome,” explores the history and significance of the Fuller’s 1958 Union Tank Car Dome–the largest clear-span structure in the world–through interviews with architects, engineers, preservationists, media, artists, and hundreds of rare photographs and video segments taken during the dome’s construction, decline, and demolition. The filmmaker Evan Mather and Fuller expert Jonathan Marvel will lead a discussion after the screening.
Also be sure to visit the Center’s exhibition "Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Our Modern Landmarks" before is closes May 1.
April 30, 6:00-8:00pm
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
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