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.

Fuller Challenge receives record number of entries for 10th anniversary


The 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, now in its tenth year, received a record number of entries. To select a winner of the $100,000 grand prize, the jury will review more than 460 submissions.

Welcoming our 2017 Program Fellow

Through our prestigious Fellowship Program, BFI welcomes outstanding early-career practitioners to join the Fuller Challenge Review Committee for four months of the rigorous application review process.

Dymaxion Map T-shirts and Hoodies are Here

A limited run of Dymaxion Map T-shirts and hoodies are available for the next two weeks. The Dymaxion Map is Buckminster Fuller’s cartographic projection that reveals the Earth as one island and one ocean.

Enter the 2017 Fuller Challenge

There are just a few weeks left to enter the 2017 Fuller Challenge! The final deadline is Friday, March 31st at 5pm ET.

WHAT IS THE FULLER CHALLENGE?

Meat, Dairy, Wool and Leather Can Bring Ecosystems into Balance

The Savory Institute, a Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner, has launched a four-part series that tells the stories of 25 of their practitioners on 3 continents.

Biomimicry Immersive: Discover Nature’s Genius in California

Biomimicry 3.8 is offering a five-day immersive tour through giant redwoods, oak woodlands and intertidal zones of California. Explore the interlinked ecosystems and learn how to bring nature’s design to your own work.

Planet:Tech at Collision Conference

Planet:tech will be a global meeting place for technology and environment. It is a new conference at Collision, a massive 20,000 person technology conference with 13 sub-conferences in New Orleans, between the two weekends of Jazz Fest. Participants come from over 100 countries.

Hippie Modernism

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has a new show exploring the counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s and its global impact on art and design. Several Fuller artifacts are featured including issues of the Whole Earth Catalog. This transformative period is displayed through immersive environments, printed works, films and media installations.

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge on Climate Change

Biomimicry is design inspired by nature’s time-tested strategies. The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is asking teams to tackle climate change using biomimetic design. “Anyone has the ability to participate in this challenge, whether you’ve been trained in biomimicry or not.

From Fabricated to Farmed, Constructed to Grown, Isolated to Connected...

Maurice Conti, a designer and futurist from Autodesk, has given a TED talk suggesting that a new partnership among technology applications, principles of nature, and human ingenuity is shaping our world, enabling it to move from fabricated to farmed, constructed to grown, isolated to connected, extracted to aggregated, and from obedience to autonomy.

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!