Wouldn't Bucky love seeing how trite and clichéd it is to talk about what he began a passionate cry for in the 1960s? Sustainability may be a word on people's lips and an ethic which time has arrived but it won't overcome the many issues Bucky so ardently saw facing humanity.
Bucky saw a lot of consciousness in all things, he knew each atom participated in the artist's rendering of beauty when he said Michelangelo released the Statue of David from the bonds of chemical and physical constraints.
http://www.archdaily.com/572135/ad-c...inster-fuller/"As an architectural achievement, the Biosphere epitomizes Fuller’s idealization of the promise of technology. Through holistic consideration, systemization and mass-production, he saw this project as an example of how architects could wield and deploy the instruments of innovation to create new species of hyper-efficient machines for the good of mankind. The beauty of the Biosphere’s pure geometries was an aesthetic bonus, the intentional but subordinate success of a functionalist and ethical pursuit. However, the capacity of the structure to communicate this message of optimism-through-optimization may have been lost on those who sought and struggled to find practical applications for Fuller’s invention. Although shell structures have endured as standard devices in the international architectural repertoire, geodesic domes in particular never achieved the mass-adoption Fuller hoped for, and his idealistic labors translated into few tangible gains for the human condition he sought to improve.
Unfortunately, Fuller’s uniquely hopeful philosophy about the power of the architect and the potential of technology was met with the same reception of intrigued skepticism that befell his dome. In response to the social upheavals of the late 1960s and the increasingly apparent failures of modernism, theorists in particular began to turn away from ethical positivism and humanism in general in their search for deeper meaning in architecture. Soon, with the widespread arrival of post-structural theory and its devolutions, the belief Fuller held in the primacy of an architectural moral imperative was all but abandoned by his peers. After the fire of 1976, the scarred Biosphere was abandoned and sealed off from the public, a tragic monument to a bygone era of hope and idealism.
In 1990, after nearly fifteen years of disuse, the Biosphere was purchased by the Canadian government and re-purposed as an environmental exhibition space, dedicated to promoting an understanding of the St. Lawrence River and the ecosystem of the Great Lakes. It was a fitting tribute to Fuller, who has been widely recognized as one of the first architects to bring the concept of sustainability into widespread use. The rebirth of the Biosphere also heralded the emergence of sustainability theory as a realignment of architectural thought with the worldly concerns that the academe had since discounted, validating Fuller’s tireless advocacy of an architectural profession grounded in service to nature and humanity."
From Yahoo on April 16 we have.
"Late last year, the International Energy Agency forecast that solar would become the largest source of electricity globally by 2050, with various solar-based systems generating around 27 percent of total.
The missing piece
Since 2013, solar on its own has been cheaper than oil or gas for generating electricity in much of the world, but it can't provide electricity when the sun isn't shining, making the battery adoption the missing piece, it said.
"Solar is a source of energy, not a source of capacity," but cheaper batteries change the equation, it noted.
In a separate report Tuesday, Bernstein noted that the cost of Lithium-ion batteries has plunged 94 percent since 1991, or a 12 percent annual decline compounded over 23 years, even as competing fossil fuel prices have been flat or higher.
"Over the next decade, we see several innovations in lithium-ion battery cathode, anode and electrolyte that will continue to drive a further 70 percent cost decline, a doubling of energy density and substantial improvements in safety and lifetime," Bernstein said in Tuesday's note.
That comes on top of the cost of solar photovoltaic panels falling more than 80 percent since 2008."