The Fuller Projection Map, also known as the Dymaxion Map, is the only flat map of the entire surface of the Earth which reveals our planet as one island in one ocean, without any visually obvious distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas and without splitting the continents. It was developed by R. Buckminster Fuller who "By 1954, after working on the map for several decades," finally realized a "satisfactory deck plan of the six and one half sextillion tons Spaceship Earth."
Fuller was one of many to recognize how maps shape our worldview, policy and decisions. The most common map (which you see on Google Maps etc.) is the Mercator projection, and this represents distortions such as Greenland appearing as large as all of Africa (in fact it is 13x smaller).
The Dymaxion Map was a way to right-size our view of Spaceship Earth and thus equip humanity with a better tool to address existential challenges and systems interventions.
This edition was first designed in Raleigh, North Carolina by Bucky while at Black Mountain College. The ocean is colored light gray and the land masses are softly color-coded for mean annual temperatures.
BFI offer this map in a variety of sizes and products, produced using sustainably sourced materials. All framed canvas prints come with a 100% real wood “floating” frame with a matte black enamel finish, 1 3/4" deep, hand-assembled to order, with pre-installed hanging hardware, ready for immediate display on your wall.
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