But the Dymaxion home wasn't the first crack that Buckminster Fuller took at the housing problem. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are bizarre housing concepts.
Fuller's first attempt in 1927 was a Dymaxion house that was based on silo architecture. If a bit cramped, it at least had a high ceiling. Aside from the tendency of farmers to dump corn in it, Fuller could have been on to a winner here.
The 4D Dymaxion Home, Fuller's second attempt in the 1930s, shows off the central mast idea and is much more ambitious than either his previous or later design. Note the methane tank buried in the basement to store gas generated by household waste.
That's taking composting to a whole new level