Updates

2016 Fuller Challenge Winner Awarded at NYC Celebration

On November 16th, BFI hosted the 2016 Fuller Challenge Conferring Ceremony at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. The 2016 Fuller Challenge Winner was awarded the $100,000 grand prize. Guests also celebrated the work of the student category winner and five finalists. Click for details and photos.

Fuller Challenge Finalists Selected for World Habitat Awards

Twelve finalists were recently selected in the 2016-17 World Habitat Awards. These included 2015 Fuller Challenge Finalist The Nubian Vault Programme and 2016 Fuller Challenge Finalist Cooperación Comunitaria. Read about the awards and the recognition of our incredible finalists here.

The Rainforest Solutions Project Wins the 2016 Fuller Challenge

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2016 Fuller Challenge, The Rainforest Solutions Project: a collaborative effort between three environmental organizations, which played a critical role in developing one of the most extraordinary approaches to conservation, social justice, and indigenous rights in recent memory. Click to read more!

Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Student Category Winner

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the winner of the student category of the 2016 Fuller Challenge: The Center for Human Habitat and Alternative Technology (CHHAT) at Vadodara Design Academy in Gujarat, India, submitted by Sapan Hirpara. CHHAT is a student initiative that explores, incubates, and disseminates strategies for the built environment through a collaborative design-build process in order to meet real, contextual needs. Read more and watch a video about their work here.

Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Finalists

August 23rd, 2016, New York City: The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. These six Finalists have reached the final deliberation phase and are under consideration for selection to win the grand prize and an award of $100,000.

Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Semi-finalists

July 5th, 2016, New York City: The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Semifinalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. Now in its 9th annual cycle, The Fuller Challenge remains the only award specifically working to identify and catalyze individuals and teams employing a whole systems approach to problem solving.

Update: 2016 Fuller Challenge Entries Under Review

The review process to select the 9th recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge award is currently underway. BFI has welcomed two outstanding Fellows as well as a renowned group of external advisors to participate in the review process. This year, 52% of Fuller Challenge submissions came from outside of the United States. Click for an overview of the entry pool, an update on the selection process, and testimonials from the entrants.

News from BFI's Catalyst Program

The 2015-16 Fuller Challenge Catalyst Program entrants have received a number of benefits and opportunities through BFI's network in recent months. The Catalyst Program entrants represent the top 10% of the pool of Fuller Challenge entrants each year. Click to read about entrants that received the World Design Impact Prize, Katerva Awards, and the Autodesk Foundation's Impact Design grants.

Welcoming Our 2016 Program Fellows

Each year, BFI welcomes two outstanding students or early-career practitioners to our Fellowship Program. The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to contextualize systems thinking through immersion in the Fuller Challenge review cycle. We are thrilled to announce our 2016 Fellows, Christina Ciardullo and Devon Artis-White. Click to read more about their experience with BFI.

Why Enter the Fuller Challenge? Benefits Beyond the Grand Prize

Outside of the $100,000 grand prize awarded to the Fuller Challenge Winner each year, there are a number of benefits and opportunities associated with entering "socially responsible design's highest award".

Here are some benefits that entrants experience after each year's cycle: