GEOMETRICA PRESENTATION SERIES
Presented to Joseph D. Clinton
November 19, 2005
Joseph D. Clinton has an extensive background in design, computer technology, engineering, mathematics. Through his long professional association with Buckminster Fuller and subsequent work with geodesics qualify him as one of the few world class geodesics experts. While working at the School of Technology at SIU in 1970, he undertook the research and writing of two studies entitled "Advanced Structural Geometry Studies," contracted and published by NASA in 1971. Clinton founded Clinton International Design Consultants, an interdisciplinary design and consulting firm based on the philosophy of what he termed "the structures field of Design Science." Clinton’s work has specialized in environmentally sensitive design systems, incorporating elements such as solar and wind structures and systems. His firm did work contributing to such structures as and the Omni Max Theater for Expo 86 in Vancouver, Canada, and the Epcot Center’s Horizon Omnisphere Theater. Joe Clinton also discovered the tetrahedron “jitterbug” – a structure that even Bucky himself thought was impossible. He helped usher in a new generation of geodesics with Class II and III domes based on polyhedra other than the icosahedron. Class II and III domes are described in Clinton’s article in the 1996 International Journal of Space Studies’ special issue on Geodesics.
This Porcelainia vessel, constructed in 2002 and based on the truncated tetrahedron, is dedicated to Joseph D. Clinton, his discoveries and artifacts, his contributions to geodesics and his mentorship to a new generation of Design Scientists.
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