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BFI UPDATES

Applications open for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Fellowship!

BFI is now accepting applications for the 2013 Fellowship program, designed to engage outstanding and motivated participants in critical thinking and decision-making about Challenge entries. Read more here. The deadline for applications is February 8th.




Greenest Office Opens and 2012 Challenge Winner Living Building Challenge Moves In

Bullitt Center opens this month in downtown Seattle. The office building is slated to achieve status as a Living Building after demonstrating compliance with the stringent standards for it's first year open. It looks promising, because the International Living Future Institute has moved in already!




Volunteer with BFI!

We have some volunteer opportunities opening up in anticipation of a big year at the BFI! To take part, email contact@bfi.org for more details.





TRENDS + PERSPECTIVES

Connecting the Americas 2022 Energy Grid Plan Moving Forward

In a plan called Connecting the Americas 2022, all leaders in the Western Hemisphere have committed to connect their energy grids, and achieve universal access to electricity. Read a short report on the State Department here. This is huge step toward Fuller's vision of a globally interconnected resource grid, as explained here by GENI, one of the greatest voices for this shift.




Finalists Announced for Katerva Awards

Katerva's second annual awards cycle announces their finalists! There's a lot of inspiring work behind the Katerva finalists, many of whom where past Challenge finalists. See projects dealing in their 10 areas of critical need. The winner will be announced on January 30th.




Scientists use Supercomputers to Model Turbulence

In an exciting leap for fluid dynamics and "making the invisible visible", scientists are now able to use supercomputers to model what has previously thought to be unpredictable: turbulence in water and air. Understanding patterns here could have a significant effect on efficiency in transportation going forward!

For a beautiful rendition of turbulence, take a look at veteran NY artist, Ellen Grossman's drawings.



Skyscrapers Dismantled Quietly and Cleanly

A new building demolition technique is nearly noiseless and dust-free, as well as mesmerizing to watch! Hailed as the most ecologically responsible way of razing skyscrapers, we look forward to hearing about how materials may be salvaged from this surgical intervention. An in depth report is available here.





RESOURCES

NASA Released Climate Trend Data on 2012

NASA reports that 2012 was the 9th warmest year on record. While they point out that this data in itself is not statistically significant, it upholds the trend of climate change. To be convinced, check out the video of global climate anomalies, 1880-2012 here!




TuttoCongressi Archive of Multimedia Material from Scientific Conferences

TuttoCongressi is a public searchable online database of media used in scientific conferences. This is an exciting step towards opening up the audience for scientific discussions to "extend the life of the event itself". Take a look!




Pratt Institute Center for Continuing & Professional Studies Offers New Courses

Pratt's CCPS unveiled new programs in a range of fields, including a number of specific topics in sustainable design for those working in the field already. See the full list of programs and consider education in Urban Green Infrastructure as well as Perfumery!





EVENTS

Register now for Compostmodern '13

Register for Compostmodern '13 conference and discuss Resilience with BFI President, David McConville, 2012 Challenge Runner-Up, Cheryl Dahle, and many more design leaders creating a more resilient and regenerative world that works better for individuals, communities, society and the planet. More info here!




Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum hosts Bill's Design Talks: A Tribute to Bill Moggridge

Join the Cooper-Hewitt in celebration of the life and work of Bill Moggridge, co-founder of IDEO, first designer of the laptop, and pioneer of user-centered industrial and interface design, as well as the former director of the Cooper-Hewitt. More info on registration here.




Museum of the City of New York's Designing Tomorrow Exhibit

Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s showcases six Depression-era expositions that brought visions of a brighter future to tens of millions of Americans. Open until March 31st 2013. Info available here.