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Creative Exchange Lab (CEL)—Architecture, Design & Innovation Center says
CEL, Center for Architecture + Design presents a talk and exhibition by artist Benjamin Lowder titled “Self-similarity” on Friday, February 3rd, 2017, at 5:30. Mr. Lowder will speak about how nature’s geometric patterns and proportions have informed the legacy of Buckminster Fuller and other modern architects, like Eero Saarinen, as well as Mr. Lowder’s own artwork.
Local architecture to be covered in this lecture includes:

Buckmister Fuller’s 1972, geodesic domed cathedral for the SIUE campus: Center for Spirituality & Sustainability

The mile-wide dome proposed for East St. Louis called “Old Man River City” designed by Buckminster Fuller at the request of local community leaders

The evolution of modern American architecture through local examples like Louis Sullivan’s Wainwright Building, Gyo Obata’s St Louis Abby, and Eero Saarinen’s Arch.

Benjamin Lowder, promotes the legacy of Buckminster Fuller as a Creative Consultant for the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability located in a Fuller designed geodesic dome on the campus of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Lowder also serves as a board member of the Fuller Dome Home historic site which is the geodesic dome home that Bucky lived in at Carbondale Illinois.

Lowder was exposed to the work of Buckminster Fuller while attending SIUC, and after studying Semiotics at the University of Illinois he spent 15 years working as an award winning commercial artist. Lowder has since transitioned to creating fine art after designing a sustainable home for his family. Lowder used ancient building practices to align his family’s home with the Winter and Summer solstices as well as the prevailing seasonal winds to beneficially affect the internal thermal dynamics of the home. This process revealed to him the powerful beauty and efficiency of design that is rooted in the sacred geometry of Nature.

This passion for the idea of design and architecture rooted in Nature has lead Lowder to create a body of artwork that he builds from reclaimed barn wood and vintage metal signage. The deconstruction of the vintage metal signs represents for Lowder a personal break from the creation of advertising and commercial art. These vintage advertising signs along with reclaimed wood are formed by Lowder into works of art that echo the patterns of natural geometry. These same patterns are found in Bucky’s geodesic domes as well as the proportions of Lowder’s own home design. This body of artwork is utilized by Lowder as visual metaphors to support our cultural evolution toward a natural design philosophy.
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By: Creative Exchange Lab (CEL)—Architecture, Design & Innovation Center

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