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Establish and Understand Significance

This section is designed to familiarize you with common, helpful research tools like archives and libraries and to provide some possible starting points for discovering the story of your home’s past. Understanding your home’s history and its own unique characteristics helps ensure that the changes you make are an appropriate new chapter in that continuum. Significance varies greatly within the larger category of what is considered Modern. Is your home prototypical? Part of a planned housing tract? Does it still have all of its original features and materials intact?


Goetz Composites, fabricators of some of the most successful race boats in the world including three of today’s most high profile yachts as well as ten America’s Cup racing yachts completed a historic restoration of one of Buckminster Fuller‘s most iconic structures, the 24 foot Fly’s Eye Dome. Patented in 1965, Fuller created two prototypes of this structure; a 24 foot and 50 foot dome. Fuller writes in his seminal book, Critical Path that “the Fly’s Eye domes are designed as part of a ‘livingry’ service. The basic hardware components will produce a beautiful, fully equipped air-deliverable house that weighs and costs about as much as a good automobile. Not only will it be highly efficient in its use of energy and materials, it also will be capable of harvesting incoming light and wind energies.”

Source: ArchDaily