In the summer of 1967, my mother and I traveled to Montreal to see the Expo. The main attractions were Safdie’s Habitat and Bucky’s great dome. How different they were! Habitat was stolidly gravitational, a weighty pile of boxes dramatically deployed but thoroughly, traditionally compressive. And like much of Modernism, Habitat was bound to a happy image of Mediterraneaity, the prismatic forms of villages sculpted in the sun, the same font of tectonic delight that so thrilled Le Corbusier; it aimed to be the ultimate merger of the Mediterranean and the megastructure.
Fuller’s giant dome served as the U.S. Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal.