BFI Updates

AltChallenge Deadline, October 4th!

BFI is now accepting entries for the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The deadline is quickly approaching so enter today! Learn more here.

AltJoin BFI at the Zero1 Festival (Sept 17)

BFI is proud to take part in this year's biennial with a showcase of design solutions submitted to The Buckminster Fuller Challenge. More info here.

AltOxford Brookes University visits BFI

Architecture students from Oxford Brookes University utilize Fuller's design principles to influence their own studio projects. Read and see more here.


Trends and Perspectives

Beyond Coal: A Resilient New Economy for Appalachia

2008 Challenge winner John Todd writes about his project in The Solutions Journal. Read here.

A Regenerative Feat for Solar Cells

Researchers at MIT described the creation of solar cells that mimic this ability of plants’ chemical engines to self-repair and regenerate. NY Times.



John Thackara Answers Your Questions

2010 BFC Juror John Thackara interviewed on Design21, Social Design Network. Read here.

AltDIRT: The Movie

The story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility. Includes interviews with former BFC Jurors John Todd, Janine Benyus, & Vandana Shiva. Continue.

AltBreathing Earth Simulation

A real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates. Explore the Breathing World here.

Living City Design Competition

Unleash the power of your imagination to envision a city capable of thriving through the centuries. Learn more here.



AltBFI at Bioneers Conference, Oct. 15

Join Challenge finalists, Elizabeth Thompson, Greg Watson, and others for a lively presentation of breakthrough solutions at this year's conference. More info here.

Alt10/10/10 - Celebrate Climate Solutions

Join up with to help make 10/10/10 the biggest day of practical action to cut carbon that the world has ever seen. Find events near you!

AltBucky Fuller & Spaceship Earth

Curated by renowned architect Norman Foster and Luis Fernndez-Galiano. September 1 - October 30th, 2010. Ivorypress Art + Books. Madrid, Spain.


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