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.

End of an Era: Thank you from Elizabeth Thompson

Read a letter from Elizabeth Thompson reflecting on her work as BFI's Executive Director over the past 12 years. Elizabeth will transition out of her role to focus exclusively on the Buckminster Fuller Challenge as it head into its 10th anniversary cycle, serving as its Founding Director. Included here is an overview of her work on the development of BFI's educational programs, the Fuller Challenge, work with artists, curators, and cultural institutions, as well as historic restorations and commissions.

Public Voting for Eleven Magazine's MOONTOPIA Competition

Eleven Magazine asked thinkers, architects, designers, artists, academics, and visionaries from around the world to imagine innovative solutions for Moontopia – the first ever self-sufficient lunar colony designed for living, working, researching, and even tourism. Public voting on the entries is open online until January 9th. Click here to vote.

Between Data and Senses: Architecture, Neuroscience and the Digital Worlds

The cross-over between the digital and the physical is being increasingly addressed in design disciplines, architecture, arts and urban studies. "Between Data and Senses", a conference on architecture, neuroscience and the digital worlds, will examine how digital and physical works overlap and what methods, approaches and findings architects can borrow from sciences. More information can be found here.

Exhibition: New Perspectives on the Work of Frei Otto

The ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe is hosting an exhibition of the late Frei Otto's works in order to introduce "new perspectives on the work of Frei Otto". The exhibition will be on display until the 12th of March. Find more information here.

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.

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

A soil restoration innovation won the $100,000 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Ray of Hope Prize™, and the 2017 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge focusing on climate change was recently opened for entries. Read the press release on the winner as well as the the 2017 design brief and submission guidelines here.

Award-winning map inspired by geodesic domes

The AuthaGraph World Map, a proportionally accurate projection of the earth's continents, was bestowed the grand prize at Japan’s Good Design Awards last month. The designer is 45-year-old architect Hajime Narukawa, who studied the tenets of Fuller's geodesic dome. Read more here.

Digitizing Democracy for the 21st Century

The idea of using technology for deliberative democracy goes back to Buckminster Fuller, who in the 1940’s, proposed voting over the telephone. Click to read a recent Big Think article about a model for digitizing democracy in order to reinvigorate American political life.

Still Time to get Holiday Gifts from BFI's Online Store

BFI's online store is a repository of texts, DVDs, and gift items related to Buckminster Fuller. Consider us for your holiday gift purchases, and directly support our non-profit institute. Click here to browse the offerings.

"Are We Human?" Exhibition at the Istanbul Design Biennial

"Open for only a month, from October 22nd through November 20th, the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial was a quick look at an extremely expanded understanding of design. Far from a trade show of the latest in design objects or material innovations, Are We Human?

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!