Design

Katapult Future Fest

Katapult Future Fest will take place May 14-16, 2018, in Oslo, Norway. The Fest is a three-day experience with speakers, concerts, workshops, and more. The participants are a blend of tech entrepreneurs, futurists, and impact investors focused on creating a responsible future. “Katapult is aiming to address and tackle the challenges our world is facing through new and creative forms of collaborations."

World Forum on Urban Forests

Urban forestry is getting its own global forum in November, 2018, in Italy. Watch this fact-filled video to learn more about the importance of trees in our cities. The World Forum on Urban Forests is being promoted by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) with Municipality of Mantova, SISEF (Società Italiana di Selvicoltura ed Ecologia Forestale), Politecnico di Milano, and Stefano Boeri Architetti.

Next Nature Academy

Next Nature is offering 1 and 3 day courses in Amsterdam in January to explore looking at ‘nature’ and ‘technology’ in a new way. “Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities and wild robots; we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. It may sound abstract, but it’s closer than you think; cars will drive themselves and heart valves are 3D printed. How to dream, build and live in this next nature? And how to anticipate all this in your work?” More information can be found here.

Tensegrity Structures: Stabilization Through Tension

Tensegrity is an architectural/engineering term made famous by Buckminster Fuller to describe the characteristic property of a stable three-dimensional form which is composed of contiguous and noncontiguous rods or cables. This interconnected web, held together by integral tension, is highly adaptive to outside forces, responding as a unified body. Due to the rising popularity of pre-fabrication through the utilization of digital technologies, tensegrity structures are in high demand and easier now, more than ever, to produce.

Kate Orff Wins MacArthur Fellowship

There are few fellowships more desirable than that of the MacArthur Foundation’s awards in which (selected fellows receive a $625,000 grant dispensed over five years, which acts as seed money for the individual to enact maximum impact in the world in whatever manner they see fit).Kate Orff, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge award winner, Landscape Architect, and founding principle of SCAPE design firm, was one of twenty-four people awarded the fellowship this year.

Design for Climate Change: Kate Orff’s Living Breakwaters and Gowanus Lowlands

South Brooklyn, home of the Gowanus Canal (a federally recognized Superfund site) and a hot spot for controversial development practices is the location of landscape architect, Kate Orff’s, most recent vision for a more holistic urban-scape. The project, the Gowanus Lowlands in collaboration with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, embraces the Lowlands in an effort to reclaim what it once was. Orff’s vision incorporates community design methodologies to inform her and her firm of the project's path.

GreenWave is one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2017, according to Time Magazine

GreenWave, the 2015 winner of the Fuller Challenge, was featured as one of the best inventions of the year by Time Magazine. They are in good company along with Tesla’s Model 3 and a hijab that empowers women athletes. The trifecta of advantage, GreenWave’s crops offer were cited as “protein-­rich, self­-sufficient (no fertilizer needed) and they even help combat climate change (by sequestering carbon as they grow)”. Read more here.

New Dymaxion Map T-shirt

'Tis the season to show your loved ones you care about them and the future of Spaceship Earth by giving them a limited-run Dymaxion Map T-shirt. The Dymaxion Map, also known as the Fuller Projection, depicts the Earth as one island and one ocean. Unlike the familiar Mercator Projection, the Fuller Projection minimizes visual distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas without splitting the continents.

Montreal and the Geodesic Dream

A new exhibit at the UQAM Design Center in Montreal celebrates the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Expo 67 Geodesic Dome designed by R. Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao. It is open till December 10th and curated by Cammie McAtee. The exhibit explores the history of the geodesic dome from the first experiments in the late 1940’s to the proliferation of the do-it-yourself domes of the early 1970s and offers an opportunity to see the important role the Montreal Expo 67 Dome played in the development of domes.

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