World-renowned architect, cosmologist and teacher, R. Buckminster Fuller, designed the Center for Spirituality & Sustainability at SIUE in partnership with architect Shoji Sadao. Fuller, a former member of the SIU faculty, created the center's dome as a transparent replica of planet Earth. The building stands with surveyor-certified mathematical exactitude. Symmetrically astride the true planet Earth's "90th" western meridian of longitude. Standing under the dome our planet's continents can be seen outlined against a transparent blue ocean, as they would be seen by X-rays if one descended by elevator from Edwardsville, IL to the center of the Earth, always keeping Edwardsville directly overhead. The center's dome is also a true planetarium for the northern hemisphere.
To read from Fuller's writing about the Center for Spirituality & Sustainability (formerly know as the Religious Center) click on the following pdf file: Geoview by R. Buckminster Fuller.pdf
The center receives no funding from the University and is funded with the help of your donations. If you would like to make a donation to help continue the efforts of the center, simply mail it to:
Center for Spirituality & Sustainability
SIUE Campus Box 1059
Edwardsville IL 62026-1059
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