MOTTEL, Syeus. Charas: The Improbable Dome Builders.
(New York, NY): Drake Publishers Inc., 1973. First edition. Quarto. 189 pages. Introduction by R. Buckminster Fuller. A fascinating account of six ex-gang members who broke ground to construct a geodesic dome on a vacant lot in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge after a 1970 meeting with the celebrated and revolutionary architect R. Buckminster Fuller. As a group, Charas was interested in physically altering the housing conditions in their immediate neighbourhood, the Lower East Side. They developed a program that encouraged community autonomy and the reclaiming public space. Illustrated throughout with photographic plates. A very good plus copy in dust jacket.
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