When I was a 2nd year freshman(!), I started Cal Poly in 1951 in the Architectural Engineering program. As part of the freshman class one Saturday, we assembled the first geodesic dome on the west coast. The dome was designed and fabricated by five senior students for their senior project. https://polycanyon.calpoly.edu/history/geodesic-dome. Note that the article dates are different than mine - but I was there. It was quite an easy assembly. The seniors supplied the pipes, the plates and all of the bolts and the freshman supplied the labor. The site for this structure was in the Arch lab parking lot. One Saturday night a few years later at about midnight, a bunch of aggies tried to steal the dome. They got one end on the tail gate of a pickup before someone in the Arch lab discovered them and ran them off. That lab is famous for all night engineering and architectural activities. There was always plenty of coffee.
I attended two lectures by Bucky at Poly. Each time the auditorium was filled and it was one of the most inspiring times for me. In my senior year, some architectural seniors collaborated with Bucky for a master plan for the city of Seaside, near Monterey. The students had recorded all of his comments and would play then over and over in the lab - to the annoyance of the other students. Frank Lloyd Wright was still alive at that time and practically the whole arch-engr school listened to him on the radio in the lab. It was startling that he started his talk by saying that all of the architecture schools were bad!
Neil Moore, PE, SE, Life Member ASCE and IEEE
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