Dome over Manhattan

The Dome over Manhattan was a 1959 proposal for a 3-kilometer-diameter geodesic domed city covering Midtown Manhattan by the architects Buckminster Fuller and Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics,inc.[1][2][3]

Fuller expanded on his earlier work designing geodesic domes and advocating for decreased use of resources, and made a variety of claims to support the "Dome Over Manhattan," such as that it would reduce energy usage in NYC to 20% of what it was in 1960.[3]

The concept inspired the science fiction writer Ben Bova's story "Manhattan Dome" in the September 1968 issue of Amazing Stories, subsequently expanded into the 1976 novella City of Darkness. A Fuller dome over Manhattan also appeared in John Brunner's 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar.


  1. ^ Carlson, Jen. "The 1960 Plan To Put A Dome Over Midtown Manhattan". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2019-05-12. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  2. ^ "A 1960s Plan to Cover Midtown Manhattan With a Giant Geodesic Dome". 6sqft. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  3. ^ a b Budds, Diana (2016-03-31). "How Buckminster Fuller Made A Dome Over Manhattan Sound Sensible". Fast Company. Retrieved 2021-03-14.