As part of their ID coursework, ID student David Kropp created this geodesic structure, and ID students John Zerning and Donald Davidson built it, in 1956. Its multi-panel, low-poly roofing is made of triangles of insulated lightweight materials, hinged together, for quick construction. The structure could be assembled and lifted with a crane into position in about 40 minutes, and also moved from building to building in production-line style. The structure photographed here is a prime example of Doblin's emphasis on planning and construction, along with the influences of Buckminster Fuller and Konrad Wachsmann, ID teachers. Fuller was a renowned futurist and inventor of the geodesic dome, and Wachsmann an architect known for his work with mass-produced building components.


  • Title: A Shelter With Some New Angles
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1956
  • Location Created: Chicago, Illinois
  • Rights: University Archives and Special Collections, Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Tech

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