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2013 Cycle Receives Record Number of Entries!

Applications are in, and BFI is proud to have received a record number of entries this year! The stellar review team is beginning the reading process. Read about who the team includes this year and in the past here.

Announcing the Dymax Redux Map Contest!

BFI is calling on today’s graphic designers, visual artists, and citizen cartographers to create a new and inspiring interpretation of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map. The contest is free to enter and open to all. Register today!

BFI Featured in Short Film on Spark

Qualcomm's video blog about technology, Spark, features BFI in a segment called, "Buckminster Fuller: A Futurist's Answer to Big Challenges", watch executive director, Elizabeth Thompson and managing director, Pablo Freund on Fuller and his legacy today here.

Philips joins BFI in Toulouse!

We are proud to announce that Philips, the global lighting company, is joining BFI as a sponsor of the lighting installation of the newly restored 50 Foot Fly's Eye dome at the Toulouse Festival of Contemporary Art. Rogier Van der Hiede, chief design officer of Philips Global is designing the lighting which will use Philip's state of the art technology throughout. "We are so happy to be working again with Rogier and his team for this extraordinary event", remarked Elizabeth Thompson, BFI's Executive Director, "Philips' sponsorship of this project will take the installation to an entirely new level and we are very grateful for the creative ingenuity and their support. It is going to be spectacular!"


100% Solutions News Aggregator Site Launched

BFI is pleased to announce the launch of our partner site, 100% Solutions, a real-time, influencer-curated news site chronicling the 'invention of the future', positive solutions to today's and tomorrow's challenges. The name is inspired by Buckminster Fuller's call to "design a world that works for 100% of humanity." Be sure to take a look at 100pct.us

20 Radio Shows Available Now from Eco Evolution

Michael Gosney hosts Eco Evolution, a web radio series covering all aspects of the environmental movement. Now choose from 20 stories ranging from corporate sustainability to permaculture design, and more available here.

Fast Co.Exist hosts 2010 Challenge Juror, Andrew Zolli on the Limits to Prediction

Fast Co.Exist presents Andrew Zolli's presentation on forecasting and resilience, titled "What You’re Doing Wrong When You Think About The Future". The presentation and questions are available to stream here.


Design Science and Biomimicry

Jay Baldwin, 2013 Challenge Juror, introduces his student, Griffin Goldsmith's article on Fuller's work, comparing Design Science with Biomimicry.
“Snowflakes are design, crystals are design, music is design" - RBF.
Read the piece here!

Landfill Harmonic Orchestra Creates Musical Instruments from Waste

Check out this project to construct classical musical instruments out of waste materials in Cateura, Paraguay. In a very literal example of doing more with less, cans become guitars, and bottles are bassoons! Read more, watch the orchestra or donate to their kickstarter, here.

Illustrated book on Fuller Achieves Kickstarter Funding Goal...and more!

Cole Gerst's proposal for an illustrated book about Buckminster Fuller and work he inspired reached nearly twice the stated funding goal on Kickstarter, and will certainly go to print! Read a little more, look at some of the drawings, or see some more of Gerst's work here.


Beyond Waterproofing New York: A Designed Response

May 10th, in New York, City College's Landscape Architecture program hosts a symposium on long-term preparedness for water damage in New York, "Beyond Waterproofing". Don't miss this and the rest of the line-up of the AIA's public programs inspired by Sandy relief efforts. More events here.

Wyss Symposium on Medical Nanotechnologies Inspired by Nature

On June 6th, in Boston, Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering will host their 4th annual, "Nanotherapeutics & Diagnostics: Wyss symposium on medical nanotechnologies inspired by Nature". The day long symposium will focus on new nanotherapeutic and diagnostic technologies that are specifically inspired by living systems and that promise to have a transformative impact on medicine and clinical care. The event is free, but registration is required.

The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside in Berlin, Germany

April 25 - July 1, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin will present an exhibition, titled "The Whole Earth. California and the disappearance of the Outside", and a conference on the same subject on the 21 and 22 of June. The Focus will be on the effects of The "Whole Earth Catalog", Stewart Brand's publication which was heavily influenced by Fuller's work and lectures.