alliance has brought together Walter O'Malley, president of the Brooklyn
Dodgers, a score of graduate students at Princeton's School of Architecture and
R. Buckminster Fuller, a man who has purged himself of all worldly ambitions
save one: to remake the face of the earth. This project has lately been
expanded to include a new ball park for the Dodgers.
Mr. Fuller, a
white-haired, crew-cut man of 60, built along the lines of a jar of yogurt,
says that Mr. O'Malley is solely responsible for bringing the Dodgers into the
picture. Having followed Mr. Fuller's distinguished career as a designer of
igloolike geodesic structures, Mr. O'Malley one day leaned back in his chair
and dictated a two-page, single-spaced letter in which he proposed that Mr.
Fuller give thought to a domed stadium for Brooklyn. Mr. Fuller was already
conditioned to the idea of taking his theories into the field of baseball.
Previously he had been approached by an owner of the Denver, Colo, ball club
and had given him some ideas about the kind of ball park Mr. O'Malley had in
mind. "The Denver guy," said Mr. Fuller in a scientific tone, "did
not have that kind of dough to spend." Later, Mr. Fuller was consulted by
planners of a stadium for Minneapolis. For the latter, Mr. Fuller pulled out
all stops on his imagination, and the Minneapolis crowd, at last report, was
At the time of
Mr. O'Malley's proposal, Mr. Fuller was preparing to deliver his annual
lectures at Princeton's School of Architecture. He invited the 20-odd graduate
students to assist him in constructing a model of the stadium (it could contain
a 30 story building) he envisioned for Brooklyn. The Princeton scholars were
delighted with the idea and pitched into the building of the model with zest.
Two of them went a step further: they chose the Dodgers' Dome and its related
problems (traffic, parking, etc.) for their theses.
Over a luncheon
table the other day, Mr. Fuller was called upon to explain what a domed,
all-weather stadium would do to the old-fashioned concept of baseball—peanuts
and cracker jack, fresh air and sunshine and that sort of thing.
promptly took a sugar bowl, emptied it and turned it upside down and then,
likening the action of air currents to a doughnut, explained that the domed
stadium would be self-ventilating, cooler on hot days, warmer on cold days, the
sunshine better than ever through the translucent plastic skin of the dome. The
grass would grow greener and nature would be improved upon in every way. The
Dodgers, he admitted, would be on their own.
model has been completed. When Mr. O'Malley returns from a vacation and Mr.
Fuller completes a lecture tour, they will put their domes—that is to say,
heads—together and decide on the next step.
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