Education Postings

Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education?

Several Native American designers spoke at the the AIGA Design Conference recently about the need for a comprehensive approach to design education. They called for an increase in diversity of perspectives and recognition of the US’s rich indigenous design history.

Call for Proposals: The 2017 Fuller Challenge

New York City - January 13, 2017 - The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) formally announces the Call for Proposals to the 2017 Fuller Challenge.

The Story of a Spoon

Greenpeace has produced this remarkable video tracing the 13.8-billion-year development of a plastic spoon. This could come in handy over the holidays if you find yourself needing to explain why, from a “comprehensive design” perspective, we can do better.

New Time-lapses of Spaceship Earth

Google Earth Engine has released a timelapse of the entire earth from 1984 to today. Watch rivers meander, glaciers melt, cities grow, forests disappear, and solar farms enlarge. Scroll through the preselected views or search for other places and get more acquainted with the metabolic flows of our Spaceship Earth.

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.

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.

"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.

Last Twelve Hours for Limited Edition T-shirt

Today is the final day to purchase a limited edition Architects of the Future t-shirt from BFI in time for holiday gifts. The t-shirt includes the Fuller quote: "We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims." Your purchase will directly support BFI, as all proceeds go to current and future programming. More information can be found here.