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.

StartingBloc 2018 Dates

StartingBloc, a leadership fellowship, has announced the dates for their four Institutes in 2018 - Los Angeles, CA (February 22-26), New Orleans (May 17-21), Raleigh (June 21-25), and New York (August 16-20). StartingBloc trains and supports leaders “who are committed to something bigger than themselves (art, systems change, equity, financial transparency, food supply, etc.)”.

Cleantech Forum San Francisco

The 16th annual Cleantech Forum will take place January 22-24th in San Francisco with the goal to chart the future and connect the globe.

Next Nature Academy

Next Nature is offering 1 and 3 day courses in Amsterdam in January to explore looking at ‘nature’ and ‘technology’ in a new way. “Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities and wild robots; we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. It may sound abstract, but it’s closer than you think; cars will drive themselves and heart valves are 3D printed.

Start-Up Energy Transition Award 2018

Start Up Energy Transition Award 2018 was launched in Bonn Germany at the COP23 UN Climate Conference. The award identifies global start-ups working on energy transition. Application are due on January 31st. “Start Up Energy Transition is a global initiative for visionaries and vanguards fighting climate change. We know there are many initiatives and great ideas out there.

My Molecularium

A fun, and free, new molecule building app, My Molecularium, was just released by Kurt Przybilla and a team of scientists, artists, and developers. Kurt is a long-time advisor of BFI and creator of Tetratoys, the multi-axis spinning tops inspired by Fuller’s Synergetics.

Kiss the Ground, the Book

Kiss the Ground, a soil advocacy group, has published its book of the same title. It features stories of carbon-capturing soil, many well-crafted graphics about regenerative agriculture and approachable science. You can learn about many whole systems approaches and models like the small water cycle and perennial grasses.

Tensegrity Structures: Stabilization Through Tension

Tensegrity is an architectural/engineering term made famous by Buckminster Fuller to describe the characteristic property of a stable three-dimensional form which is composed of contiguous and noncontiguous rods or cables. This interconnected web, held together by integral tension, is highly adaptive to outside forces, responding as a unified body.

Kate Orff Wins MacArthur Fellowship

There are few fellowships more desirable than that of the MacArthur Foundation’s awards in which (selected fellows receive a $625,000 grant dispensed over five years, which acts as seed money for the individual to enact maximum impact in the world in whatever manner they see fit).Kate Orff, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge award winner, Landscape Architect, and founding

Design for Climate Change: Kate Orff’s Living Breakwaters and Gowanus Lowlands

South Brooklyn, home of the Gowanus Canal (a federally recognized Superfund site) and a hot spot for controversial development practices is the location of landscape architect, Kate Orff’s, most recent vision for a more holistic urban-scape.

GreenWave is one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2017, according to Time Magazine

GreenWave, the 2015 winner of the Fuller Challenge, was featured as one of the best inventions of the year by Time Magazine. They are in good company along with Tesla’s Model 3 and a hijab that empowers women athletes.

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!