Wilder Monthly

Wilder Monthly gives Wilder Quarterly readers a digestible monthly installment of the print publication’s objective: exploring the natural world season by season through growing, food, wilderness exploration, crafting and culture. Distinct from Wilder Quarterly, Wilder Monthly presents information tailored to the arc of the season with hands-on growing, cooking and making projects that can be completed by both the novice and the expert alike. Every grower’s secret weapon, Wilder Monthly is the quintessential guide to getting your hands dirty.

In our first issue of Wilder Monthly, you'll find out how to grow citrus in your home and get original recipes from Laura Wright of The First Mess. You'll also meet and get flower tips from Los Angeles plant star Lili Cuzor and hang out at the intersection of architecture and technology with Huy Bui from Plant-In City. Plus, you'll get the 101 on land art from Wilder contributing editor Kate Sennert, meet the man behind Gnome Life records and much, much more.


The geodesic dome has just celebrated its 100th birthday, which is incredibly strange because it symbolizes a future that hasn’t quite arrived. Popularized in the mid-20th century by visionary American designer Buckminster Fuller, the geodesic dome has been hailed as the most efficient building structure on Earth. Fuller claimed it was based on “nature’s coordinate system.” Providing maximum strength with minimal material, the design is durable, lightweight and easily erected. In theory, geodesic domes can withstand the harshest climates while limiting our impact on the environment. In reality, some of them have leaked, causing architects to snicker. But that hasn’t stopped generations of eco-conscious renegades, science fiction fans, sports stadium builders, artists, designers and freethinkers of all kinds from embracing the dome as their structure of choice. Domes are here to stay, it seems, so perhaps the future has some catching up to do.  

1912: Engineer Walther Bauersfeld, employed by the Zeiss Corporation, begins work on the first projection planetarium in Jena, Germany. His lightweight steel structure is designed to sit on the roof of the Zeiss corporate headquarters.


1923: Construction on Bauersfeld’s planetarium, known as the “Zeiss I” model, is completed. It is the world’s first geodesic dome.


1945: Independently of Bauersfeld, Buckminster Fuller develops the concept and mathematics for a geodesic dome. He constructs an early model at Bennington College in Vermont.


1952: Construction begins on Fuller’s first geodesic dome designed for public use: a roof covering the Ford Motor Company rotunda in Dearborn, Michigan.


1954: Fuller is awarded U.S. patent 2,682,235 for his geodesic dome design.


1954: The U.S. Marine Corps commissions Fuller to create geodesic “radomes”—emergency or equipment shelters that can be airlifted by helicopter.


1959: Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, Inc. designs the world’s first climate-controlled geodesic-dome greenhouse. Known as the Climatron, it is erected at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.


1960: Fuller takes up residence in his own “dome home” in Carbondale, Illinois.


1964: T.C. Howard designs the World’s Fair Pavilion. It is later redesigned as the Queens Zoo aviary.


1966: Popular Science promotes the plastic “low cost sun dome” as a backyard pool cover, greenhouse and summer lawn accessory on the cover of its May issue. Inside, plans for a dome design are offered for five dollars.


1967: Residents of the Colorado hippie commune Drop City are awarded Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion prize for their construction of geodesic domes made from salvaged materials such as scrapped car tops, wood and tar.


1967: Buckminster Fuller, with the help of Shoji Sadao and Geometrics, Inc., designs the American Pavilion at Montreal’s Expo 67.


1970: Former Drop City builder Steve Baer publishes the “Dome Cookbook.”


1971: Lloyd Kahn publishes the influential “Domebook 2.”


1975: The outdoor company The North Face sells the first geodesic camping tent.


1975: The South Pole station in Antarctica is redesigned as a geodesic dome.


1982: EPCOT Center opens at Walt Disney World featuring an instantly iconic, 18-story geodesic dome.


1985: La Géode, a mirrored geodesic dome housing the Omnimax theatre in Parc de la Villette, opens in Paris, France.


2001: EcoCamp Patagonia opens in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile; it is the world’s first geodesic hotel.


2010: Following Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake in 2010, geodesic domes are built for orphanages to use as shelter.


2012: Architects and designers such as Zurich-based UrbanFarmers AG begin exploring rooftop geodesic greenhouses as a solution to urban food deserts.

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