Dymaxion Forum

The Dymaxion Forum is dedicated to gathering the most interesting, up-to-date information, viewpoints, and observations advancing the legacy of Buckminster Fuller on Spaceship Earth today and into the future.

Grasslands more reliable carbon sink than trees

Forests have long served as a critical carbon sink, consuming about a quarter of the carbon dioxide pollution produced by humans worldwide. But decades of fire suppression, warming temperatures and drought have increased wildfire risks—turning California's forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources.

Grasslands more reliable carbon sink than trees

Forests have long served as a critical carbon sink, consuming about a quarter of the carbon dioxide pollution produced by humans worldwide. But decades of fire suppression, warming temperatures and drought have increased wildfire risks—turning California's forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources.

A new use for Google Maps: calculating a city’s carbon footprint

The Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainability efforts are faring.

Spanning the Divide

As an undergraduate student at Yale University in the 1970s, I majored in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, but the class I most wanted to get into was an art class. This proved difficult, however, as few art classes were open to undergraduates from other majors.

Volunteer with BFI

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is on the hunt for a few stellar Earthians who would like to join us in pro-bono roles. We are building a network of volunteers who would like to offer their skills and talents to BFI so that we may be better equipped to chart a course for the future of Spaceship Earth. Projects include storytelling, design, and programming support.

Becoming a Regenerative Practitioner: A Field Guide

This new guide offers a landscape view, stepping stones, and stories from the field on the life-long path of becoming a regenerative practitioner.

BFI Joins the Giving Tuesday Movement

Last year over $300 million was raised for nonprofits on the new holiday Giving Tuesday. This year, BFI is participating with our own campaign to raise funds for our new Spaceship Earth programs.

Jeff Bridges - "We're All TrimTabs"

Jeff Bridges has produced a new movie inspired by Buckminster Fuller in which he insists we are all trimtabs.

The Power of “Trimtabs”: What Bucky Fuller Taught Me About Human Greatness

What sparks human greatness? I believe it arises the moment we stop believing we are powerless and start trusting that while we may only be a single individual, we have within us the power to change the world. Allow me to clarify. In the early 1980’s I had the privilege of working with Buckminster Fuller as his event producer.

'He was always a step ahead': Buckminster Fuller's lingering influence on St. Louis, the world

For decades, R. Buckminster Fuller was known around the globe for his scholarship and his vision of a future that could work for everyone aboard what he described as “spaceship earth.” By the middle of the 20th century, he saw two possible destinations on humanity’s horizon – utopia or oblivion – and his lectures and writings still resonate today.

Rare Bucky interviews released by Art on Air
Tennae Maki

BFI volunteer Tennae Maki contributed her efforts to a series of audio interviews with Bucky, recorded in 1976 upon the publication of And It Came To Pass—Not To Stay, and hosted by noted literary critic Charles Ruas at Art On Air.

Tensegrity Dome in Tokyo

A team of professors and students at the University of Tokyo Digital Fabrication Lab has built a beautiful tensegrity dome using inflated steel "pillows" and steel tension wires.

Ecovative's Eben Bayer on biomaterials (video)

Check out the video of Eben Bayer, CEO of 2013 Fuller Challenge winners Ecovative speaking recently on a panel about renewable energy at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Saudi Arabia.

Dome homes in the press

Dome homes have been seeing a fair bit of press coverage in the past few months, some of which we've featured in previous issues of Trimtab. Here are a couple more!