GEOGRAPHIES OF INNOVATION

 

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IMG_6268 facsimile PATENT FOR A PERMEABLE PAVER (1874)

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BIOMOPHIC JETTY DESIGN (1915)

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A VERTICAL GARDEN (1938)

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EARTH MOVING LANDSCRIPT (1918)

 

 

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A Proposal for the Mississippi River Delta Juan Bautista Medici (1900) & Richard Hindle (2015)

 

“Patents originally represented gestures of “largesse” on the part of sovereigns, monarchs, dukes, or lesser feudal masters, to members of their court or tenantry. They where designed to encourage thoughtful pioneering, the results of which might obviously be productive for greater wealth of feudal leaders and indirectly to their hosts of followers and subjects…. When the democratic idea broke loose in Europe, as a result of partial emancipation of man by his artist-an-scientist devised mechanisms, the popular representatives of that time, thinking by habit in terms of feudal structure and laboring under the problem of transferring privilege of sovereignty to the populace, deemed it a wise and just act to embody the ‘letters patent’ idea in their democratic constitution… The necessity of invention and growth where highly apparent to the budding democracies, for had not invention itself forwarded man to the possibility of emergent DEMOCRACY?”

– Fuller, Richard Buckminster. “Throwing in the Patent Sponge”. Nine Chains to the Moon. 1938

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