Science and Technology Postings

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.

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.

Global Urban Innovators: A Community of Startups

Global Urban Innovators is a program of the New Cities Foundation that supports a community of trailblazing international urban tech companies. The program chooses innovators for their radically new approaches to improving cities around the world, who will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the New Cities Summit to take place in June 2017 in South Korea. Find more information here.

Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Finalists

August 23rd, 2016, New York City: The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. These six Finalists have reached the final deliberation phase and are under consideration for selection to win the grand prize and an award of $100,000.

Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Semi-finalists

July 5th, 2016, New York City: The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Semifinalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. Now in its 9th annual cycle, The Fuller Challenge remains the only award specifically working to identify and catalyze individuals and teams employing a whole systems approach to problem solving.

2013 Fuller Challenge Winner Ecovative Keynote Address

Eben Bayer of 2013 Fuller Challenge Winner Ecovative gave the keynote address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 6th annual Sustainability Forum last week, discussing the firm's approach to "purposeful entrepreneurship" and finding answers to problems of sustainability in biology. Click to read a synopsis of his speech.

In Memory of Harold Kroto

BFI was very saddened to learn of the recent passing of Nobel Prize winner Sir Harold (Harry) Walter Kroto, FRS on April 30th. In 1996, Kroto won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for their 1985 discovery of fullernes - carbon clusters also known as "bucky-balls". Click to read about his incredible accomplishments in the field of chemistry, and his discovery of fullerene molecules.

Fuller Exhibition at Stony Brook University

"Buckminster Fuller: Inventing for Today" will be on display at Stony Brook University's Simons Center Gallery until August 25th. The exhibition sheds light on Fuller's legacy as a great inventor whose work resonates in art, science, and industry today. It features screenprints, photography, sculpture, and more. Click for further information.

Structure In Nature

BFI's online store is offering an autographed copy of the critically-acclaimed text Structure in Nature is a Strategy for Design by Peter Pearce. Click to read more about the book. All purchases through our online store support our non-profit institute.

GreenWave Farm Tour with BFI

2015 Fuller Challenge Winner Bren Smith of GreenWave will give a rare private boat tour of GreenWave's 3D Ocean Farm off of the Thimble Islands. The tour is available for up to 6 BFI Members and will take place on June 5th, 2016. Click for details on how to join us.