The architect, philosopher and poet Richard Buckminster Fuller became famous for his geodesic domes that combined complex networks of triangles to construct sphere-like structures. By the time he died in 1983, many scholars considered him to be a genius. But to Fuller, in his own unique words, “Everyone is born a genius; the process of living de-geniuses them.” I saw Fuller deliver one of his last lectures more than 30 years ago. He demonstrated the impressive capacity of triangles to bear heavy loads without collapsing or becoming deformed. I hadn’t thought about triangles in a similar way until recently while working on another unbreakable triangle, one so large that if dismantled and stretched out end to end, it would reach the distance from Philadelphia to Kansas City.The 1,140-mile September 11th National Memorial Trail (911 Trail) is being developed as a tribute to the
heroes who we remember for their courage and love of.