Buckminster Fuller understood the need for a move to tiny houses. Unfortunately for Fuller (and the rest of us), he was 80 years ahead of his time.
Tiny houses –
compact, single family dwellings under 400 square feet– stand in stark
contrast to the American trend toward larger and larger homes that
started in the 1970’s and peaked in the early 2000’s. The current fad in
tiny houses utilizes highly designed, compact interior spaces that
include most, if not all of the modern conveniences, while maintaining a
very traditional, cute cottage exterior appearance that makes them more
enticing to tiny house newbies. Despite their small footprint, tiny
houses retain a warm, cozy feel, which is key to their appeal.
This charm factor, or more precisely the lack of perceived charm, may
have lead to the demise of an early 20th century precursor to the tiny
house movement of today. In 1930, visionary architect R. Buckminster
Fuller designed the Dymaxion House,
an 1,100 square foot cylindrical aluminum yurt-like dwelling that is as
radical today as it was in the last century.