First Reply from Office of Buckminster Fuller

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104 USA (215) 387-5400 CABLE: "BUCKY"

November 20, 1981

Dear Robert Burkhardt,

Enclosed is a copy of the only publication we have about tensegrity structures, which includes a bibliography which you may find helpful. I'm not sure whether you're asking about large-scale tensegrities, or model-sized ones; as far as we know, structural engineering-type analyses of tensegrity buildings have never been done. Dr. Fuller says that one of the reasons that such buildings have not been constructed is that there is no way for conventional, compression-oriented engineering to analyze the incredible strengths of such structures, and thus no one can deal with the idea of building them.

I'm sorry to have so little information; I hope that what we do have proves useful.

Ann Emmons Mintz

Robert Burkhardt
155 Westminster Avenue
Arlington, MA 02174