The aim of this research was to investigate the work of both Frei Otto and Buckminster
Fuller in order to understand their design principles, which include methods of form
development, study models, as well as an understanding of nature.
Ecological consciousness -to protect not only man, but life as a whole- is a novelty
in the area of architecture. In this regard, the knowledge of objective evolution
of forms in all areas of nature, technology and art plays an important role.
both for architects and engineers a new way of thinking is required, especially
in the field of ecology oriented towards energy, that is, in the effort to save
material and energy, to care for the environment, and to optimise construction.
From their early work on, Otto and Fuller considered the principle of lightweight
construction as a way of building with a minimum consumption of material, energetic
and economic means. From their perspectives, the tents, the cable nets, the pneumatic
structures and other types of structures, provided their with a means to reach their
‘A Research Document on Frei Otto’s and Buckminster Fuller’s Architecture’, 2011