Thursday, October 15, 2020

A Dymaxion Projection of the World

Jay and I were recounting some of this year's experiences in Bangladesh with friends the other day.  I completely understood my friend's comment about it not being amongst the places he wished to visit.  

Since the conversation, I've been thinking about the idea more completely though.  Time and opportunity have provided us with a chance to say we've been to 73 countries and territories.  That is actually a tiny fraction of what the world offers.  With our little time left, we are forced to prioritize.  I know.  However, I think I'm willing to state that there is not a single location on earth that I do not wish I could visit.  (Don't let my double negative trip you up.)

Dymaxion Projection  

I've loved maps too as far back as I can remember.  I have always wondered if there is a connection between a love of maps and travel.  Nowadays, my go-to is understandably Google Earth.  Yet, representing the physical world on a piece of parchment or paper was how it was done for most of the human experience.

I'm not quite sure why it has taken me 61 years to run into Buckminster Fuller's contribution to mapping.  I love this mix of mapping and geometry.  All symbols are heavily influenced by cultural, historical, and personal perspectives.  Maps are, of course, no exception.  Read this short properties section on the Wikipedia entry.


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