Design Postings

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.

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.

"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?

Creating Social Trimtabs To Steer Systemic Change

Civic synergy is the collective power of people in organized networks to transform the systems that affect their lives. Greg Watson of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics expounds upon Fuller's trimtab principle, whole systems, and the concept of a design science revolution in this new online resource, Civic Synergy. Click to access the site, read the blog, and join the Civic Synergy network.

An Autobiographical Monologue Scenario

Robert Snyder captures in the camera's lens the flesh and blood figure of the man beyond the myth, "warts and all." In this book, Bucky speaks for himself. Pick up a copy of this fascinating, out-of-print text from our online store to directly support our non-profit institute. Click here to purchase or to browse other Fuller texts on our online store.