Open BFI

BFI is committed to opening access to the materials that inform our work. Since its inception in 1983, BFI has worked to activate various communities to engage with Fuller source materials, leverage interest to broadening the understanding of design science principles, offer guided discussions and share original writings by, about or related to Buckminster Fuller. Open BFI provides ways to engage with a network of Fuller-inspired practitioners and ensure access to resources and educational tools on comprehensive design science.

Study Center

The Study Center serves as a public space for all interested individuals, groups, and classes to engage in hands-on learning about Buckminster Fuller’s life, work and legacy. Materials include rare and out of print books, periodicals, photographs, posters, videos, and an assortment of geometric models. See the complete list of literature available (PDF).

The center also contains the installation of the Dymaxion Timeline, a curated collection of images from the Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, and the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, M1090 R. Buckminster Fuller Collection, that was organized by Bonnie DeVarco, Shoji Sadao and Beth Stryker, with graphic design by Project Projects. The Timeline was presented previously at the Center for Architecture NY (2008) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2009) in the context of the Dymaxion Study Center (curated by Beth Stryker, organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation in association with the Buckminster Fuller Institute).

The BFI Study Center is open to the public by appointment. Please call or email before visiting.

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The BFI Study Center welcomes donations of relevant items. Please contact us if you are interested.

Dymaxion Reading Group

The Buckminster Fuller Institute was thrilled to have launched the Dymaxion Reading Group in 2015. Stay tuned for the next sessions, but in the meantime, listen to the recordings of our discussions on “Operating Manual” and “Critical Path”.

Fiscal Sponsorship

Through our Fiscal Sponsorship program, BFI supports and incubates small independent projects and programs that align with our mission and programmatic goals. Explore the projects we currently sponsor and learn bout previously sponsored initiatives!

Sustainability Leaders Network

Sustainability Leaders Network’s mission is to enhance the capacity of sustainability champions who are versed in the practices of vision, systems thinking, reflective conversation, and creative expression. They draw inspiration, teachings and strategy from Donella Meadows, Buckminster Fuller, and others who use a systems approach towards sustainability. Through engagement of our Fellows Network, young leaders, aspiring farmers, and artists for sustainability, they build leadership capacity in people who are creating inspiring solutions for social and environmental challenges. By communicating what’s working and building on successes, they aim to motivate more people to join the sustainability movement and, in turn, increase and reinforce momentum for a better future. More at


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