According to Wikipedia, “The term “geodesic” comes from geodesy, the science of measuring the size and shape of Earth; in the original sense, a geodesic was the shortest route between two points on the Earth’s surface, namely, a segment of a great circle.”
Buckminster Fuller visited the University of Minnesota School of Architecture when my father was studying architecture under Ralph Rapson. During the visit the students helped him construct a Geodesic Dome.
Since that time, Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Designs have made their way into popular culture and all sorts of other industries. Known for his static domes, the same triangular patterns are flexible enough to morph into many different shapes and products as seen below.
Fabric covered office partitions