BFI Updates

New year, New website

Happy New Year! In keeping with the renewed optimism of the new year, we will be rolling out a new website in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled! We've been working hard on our new look for the past few months, and are excited to be sharing it with you shortly in early February!

February 14, 2014: Save the Date!

BFI will begin accepting proposals for this year’s Fuller Challenge on February 14, 2014. Start gathering your materials now, and email [email protected] to stay involved! More information here.

2013 End of Year donations total almost $67,000!

We would like to extend a huge "Thank You" to our wonderful community. Your donations to our 2013 End of Year donation drive pushed us beyond our $50,000 target, up to $66,940! Your generosity goes a long way, and we welcome your continued support throughout the year.

Fly's Eye Dome opens Amsterdam Festival of Light

Frits van Dongen, Chief Architect of The Netherlands, opened the Amsterdam Festival of Light near the 50 foot Fly's Eye Dome installation with a moving speech about the critical importance of Fuller's ideas today.

Challenge sponsor awards additional 25k

The rewards for our 2013 finalists keep coming! Fuller Challenge sponsor, Interface, Inc., has awarded $25,000 plus six months of incubation support to Waterbank Schools. Read more about the support here.

Accepting resumes for 2014 Fellowship program

BFI is now accepting resumes for our 2014 Fellowship Program. Are you interested in whole systems thinking and looking for a rich immersion experience this summer? The position is open until filled—apply today!

Fieldtrip to the Mushroom Factory

BFI staff and friends recently piled into a mini-van for a visit to 2013 Challenge Winner, Ecovative’s industrial mycelium factory. Read all about it here.
Resources + Inspiration

Homes to withstand the weather

Following on with the extreme weather, CNBC's Linda Federico-O'Murchu details several reasons why it makes sense to live in a dome home. Given the projected increase of even more extreme events in the next 50 years, why wouldn't you want to move into a dome?

Bucky and the bubble

William Edelen muses about Buckminster Fuller's boundless capacity for wonder, curiosity about the world that surrounds us, and the ways he channeled that inspiration into his work.


The Atlantic argues that STEM (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in educational policy) deserves to include an "A" for Art and Design, which in fact has been incorporated into a number of curricula. We agree whole-heartedly.

One-man show in San Jose

The San Jose Repertory Theatre will be staging a run of D.W. Jacobs' R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe", starring Ron Campbell, who originally played the role of Bucky when the play first opened. The show runs Jan 30 - Feb 23, so get your tickets here!

Net Positive

2012 Fuller Challenge winner the International Living Future Institute is hosting the Net Positive Energy + Water Conference in San Francisco, Feb 4-5, centered around "net zero energy and water concepts through the restorative framework of the Living Building Challenge."

Considering the Quake

The exhibition Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, which opened last year in Toronto, is coming to the Center for Architecture in New York City. It opens on Feb 13 and examines the seismic performance of structures in earthquake zones around the world.