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.

House of Tomorrow Movie Features the Legacy of Buckminster Fuller

The House of Tomorrow, a coming-of-age film directed by Peter Livolsi, is coming soon to theaters on April 27th, starring Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Alex Wolff (Patriots Day), Maude Apatow (This Is 40).

Resisting Reduction: A Manifesto

Joi Ito's manifesto explores how bridging the "two cultures" of the sciences and humanities is more important than ever: "We should learn from our history of applying over-reductionist science to society and try to, as Wiener says, “cease to kiss the whip that lashes us.” While it is one of the key drivers of science—to elegantly exp

MONKEY BUSINESS Re-designing Money for 21st Century Primates

Presented by John Wood, Monkey Business eloquently outlines the history of money and the potential for a new paradigm that would enable synergy to replace profit. “As Buckminster Fuller has argued, we should 'reform the environment' instead of trying to change human beings.

BFI Board Member Jonathan Marvel Wants to Rewire Puerto Rico with Solar

Resilient Power Puerto Rico is a new project of Jonathan Marvel, BFI Board Member and Great-Nephew of Buckminster Fuller. He and a team of others are following in Fuller’s footsteps to create a holistic electrical plan for the island.

BFI Board transitions

BFI is delighted to welcome Sarah Brooks to our board of directors. Sarah embodies the practices of comprehensive design, bring with her a deep history of experience as a leader in the design field.

Jay Baldwin ~ An Appreciation

Jay Baldwin, a colleague and friend of Buckminster Fuller and a beloved longtime associate of the Buckminster Institute, passed away on March 2, 2018. Born James Tennant Baldwin, he is affectionately known as Jay. He is survived by his wife, Liz Fial, son Aaron, his grandchildren and hundreds of appreciative students and colleagues to whom he was an inspiration.

Spaceship Earth Day

We invite you to join your fellow astronauts in charting a course for Spaceship Earth, to make the world work for 100% of humanity.

Thank You To Jessica Lipnack

It is with both sadness for us and excitement for her that we report Jessica Lipnack, BFI’s co-chair, is stepping down from the board. Jessica has played a critical role over the past two years, providing invaluable assistance during the Institute’s move from NYC to San Francisco.

Long Now Seminars on Long Term Thinking

The Long Now Foundation has a provocative monthly seminar series that encourages long-term thinking. You can view the archive of talks on their site and if you are in San Francisco, see one in person. Join as a member for access to high resolution videos and free tickets to the talks.

Living Future 2018

The Living Future unConference will take place in Portland, Oregon on May 1-4. This gathering focuses on cross-industry collaboration and bringing a diversity of voices to the room. Purchase your tickets and get ready to meet a whole community of people dedicated to regenerative community development.

Accelerating Acceleration: Towards Tomorrow
Pablo Freund

Since the invention of the printing press, the scientific and thought advances of man have spread throughout the world at ever increasing rates, extending to millions an education that was historically exclusive to just a lucky few. Knowledge has catalyzed knowledge in what R. Buckminster Fuller described as the ever-increasing wealth of the world.

Specialized in Generality
Pablo Freund

Buckminster Fuller is best known for the invention of the Geodesic Dome. The structure’s remarkable properties allow it to be built to any size, while maximizing the ratio of internal volume to external surface area. Thousands of domes have been built providing relief to disaster victims, strength to military compounds, awe to audiences in concert halls, and prestige to the U.S.

Making the World Work
Pablo Freund

In the late months of 1927, a desperate man stood at the shores of Lake Michigan contemplating ending his own life. Despite a privileged upbringing and honorable service to his country as a Navy officer, at age 32 he found himself defeated; grief stricken by the passing of his young daughter due to illness, and yearning for his wife and newborn away from him in New York City.

Portraits of Buckminster Fuller by Richard Seyffert
Pablo Freund

In 1979, Richard and his wife Valerie visited Bucky at his family home in Bear Island, Maine.

Public Lab DIY kits

2013 Fuller Challenge Finalist Public Lab for Open Science and Technology hosts an impressive catalog of open source toolkits on their site ranging from Water Quality Sensors to Indoor Air Quality and Kite Mapping kits.

Mushroom Tower for PS1

2013 Fuller Challenge winner Ecovative is in production on 10,000 living mushroom bricks for a 40-foot tower to be installed in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 as part of their Young Architects Program.

Échale a Tu Casa wins B Corp award

2013 Fuller Challenge Runner Up Échale a Tu Casa has been recognized as one of the “Best for the World” companies by B Corp.

Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home to be restored

Good news! Minnesota-based Dome, Inc. will be initiating the long-awaited preservation work on Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home in Carbondale, Illinois with a public ground-breaking on April 19.

Carbondale restoration under way

Blair Wolfram's Dome Inc. recently held the groundbreaking for their restoration of Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home in Carbondale, IL, on April 19th.

Generalists to the Rescue: The Emergence of the Sustainability Professional
Pablo Freund

Pablo Freund details the rise of the generalist, adept in working with multidisciplinary and comprehensive approaches to the complex issues of our time.