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Design for 100% at SVA

On Oct 7, join us for a conversation with BF Challenge jurors Jason McLennan, Andrew Revkin, Woody Tasch, and Linda Weintraub, as we hear about their insights into holistic strategies for addressing the critical global issues such as Climate Change. And make sure to mark your calendar for the Award Ceremony on November 14!

Dymax Redux Exhibition at the Cooper Union

Please join BFI and the Cooper Union School of Architecture and Institute for Sustainable Design for the opening reception of DYMAX REDUX, October 22, 6pm. The exhibit will feature prints from all 11 finalists and run through November 27. More info at the Cooper Union

Update from Paris

In time with Paris Design Week, The Conran Shop in Paris ran an installation of Buckminster Fuller images and artifacts Sept 9 - 15. BFI Executive Director Elizabeth Thompson was on hand and did a grand total of 6 guided tours of the exhibition. More here and here.


Gold Dome to be restored!

The Gold Dome in Oklahoma City, the world's third geodesic dome ever to be built, and the first above-ground dome, has been bought by Edmond, Oklahoma-based TEEMCO, an environmental engineering firm. They are planning to restore the dome to be their new world headquarters. More about the project here.

Burning Man Domes

The end of August of course saw this year's Burning Man, and as usual, there was a great turnout of geodesic domes. Sergio Lub has a Flickr album of playa domes from this and past years' Burns. Check them out and let us know if you've got some good shots yourself!

Biking the East Coast Greenway

Artists Kelly Hudak and Bruce LaFollette are organizing an upcoming bike ride along the East Coast Greenway, from Maine to Florida, part of which would be an index of consciousness-raising and healthy-living venues along the way. If you've got any tips about Bucky-related things to see along the way, make sure to drop them a note at their Kickstarter page.

Ruth Asawa passes on

Last month saw the passing of Ruth Asawa, a Japanese-American sculptor who spent a portion of her youth in internment camps throughout World War II who then went on to study at Black Mountain College under Bucky, Josef Albers, and the other artists who were there at the time. Asawa was most known for her woven wire sculptures that seem to bring line drawing into three-dimensional space.


Tyger Nights

In which a clean energy pundit muses on his inspirations, ranging from William Blake to Freeman Dyson, to Vaclav Smil, and of course to Buckminster Fuller, pulling a sizeable quotation from Bucky's introduction to Critical Path. Enjoy the article here.

CADS in the age of Big Data

In which a data scientist breaks down Bucky's comprehensive anticipatory design science (CADS) into its component parts and the role that the burgeoning field of Big Data can play in building up the discipline.

Fuller's Heritage

In which an architect takes a more academic angle and writes about Fuller's application of natural form to human-designed systems, and the influence his work has had on today's "organic" architecture.


Out of This World

BFI Executive Director Elizabeth Thompson will be speaking on a panel after a showing of Overview and Continuum, two films about space and interconnectedness by the Planetary Collective film crew, on September 24. Seating is limited, so head to outofthisworld.splashthat.com for tickets.

The Vintage of the Cutting Edge

As part of the 6th annual Imagine Science Film Festival, a selection of films about Bucky will be screened in the East Village on October 14, 7 - 9pm. BFI staff members will also be on hand for a post-screening discussion.

Fuller in Philly

Likewise, as part of the 9th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, Drexel University's ExCITe Center and the Synergetics Collaborative will be hosting a symposium about Bucky and his ideas, complete with a hands-on design workshop, also on October 14. More here.

The Love Song in the Fall

Sam Green and Yo La Tengo have some more showings of The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller coming up this Fall. The one at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis Oct. 11-12 will be accompanied with a half day of presentations on Bucky, design science, and synergetics. For more info, get in touch with Curt at [email protected]. More dates in Detroit, NYC, and London, too!

Lexicon of Sustainability in DC

2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Applicants Lexicon of Sustainability will be mounting a exhibit of students' artwork from their Project Localize, at the Smithsonian Metro station in Washington, DC, from October 7 to November 3, and they'll have a opening showcase with the students and their teacher on October 8 and 9. Check their website for more info!