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Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion world map redesigned

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion world map redesigned | visual data | Scoop.it

A map that illustrates global forest densities using wood textures wins a competition to reinvent the tessellated Dymaxion world map by Buckminster Fuller.

First presented in 1943, Fuller's Dymaxion Map projects the world map onto the surface of a three-dimensional icosahedron that can be unfolded and flattened to two dimensions. It is said to be the first two-dimensional map of the entire surface of Earth that reveals our planet as one, without inaccurately distorting or splitting up the land.

A team comprising designer Nicole Santucci and San Francisco firm Woodcut Maps was selected as the winner of the Dymax Redux competition to redesign the seminal map, which was launched in April by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) in New York to coincide with the map's 70th anniversary.

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Dymaxion projection in OpenLayers

Dymaxion projection in OpenLayers | visual data | Scoop.it

The great Buckminster Fuller created a series of Dymaxion maps utilizing various forms of his patented Fuller projection in the 1940s and 50s. The most well-known, icosahedral form of the projection was devised in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1954. Fuller intended the projection to better balance shape and areal distortion, while also eschewing the north-south cultural bias he saw in common projections.

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