Jay Baldwin, a colleague and friend of Buckminster Fuller and a beloved longtime associate of the Buckminster Institute, passed away on March 2, 2018. Born James Tennant Baldwin, he is affectionately known as Jay. He is survived by his wife, Liz Fial, son Aaron, his grandchildren and hundreds of appreciative students and colleagues to whom he was an inspiration.
The 2012 Fuller Challenge winner, Living Building Challenge has a new map of examples of biophilic design from around the world.
Terrapin Bright Green offers some great research and resources for Biophilic design. Biophilia is the human desire to affiliate with nature. Practicing biophilic design can lower stress, increase productivity and improve moods.
The Regenesis group is a design consultancy that specializes in a regenerative approach to land use, community development and the built environment. They have created an illuminating video series introducing basic concepts of Regenerative Development. Take a look and learn about their integrative approach moving beyond problem solving to realize new potential within living systems.
The Biomimicry Institute launched their fourth annual challenge, focused on finding nature-inspired solutions to mitigate, adapt to, and/or reverse climate change. The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge asks teams to design their best nature-inspired solution to address energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, food systems, transportation, water management, the impact of rising waters on coastal communities, fossil fuel usage, and more. Finalists will be invited to join the Biomimicry Launchpad and compete for the Ray C.
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."
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 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 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.
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.