The 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, now in its tenth year, received a record number of entries. To select a winner of the $100,000 grand prize, the jury will review more than 460 submissions.
A limited run of Dymaxion Map T-shirts and hoodies are available for the next two weeks. The Dymaxion Map is Buckminster Fuller’s cartographic projection that reveals the Earth as one island and one ocean. Unlike the familiar Mercator projection, it minimizes visual distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas without splitting the continents.
There are just a few weeks left to enter the 2017 Fuller Challenge! The final deadline is Friday, March 31st at 5pm ET.
WHAT IS THE FULLER CHALLENGE?
Biomimicry 3.8 is offering a five-day immersive tour through giant redwoods, oak woodlands and intertidal zones of California. Explore the interlinked ecosystems and learn how to bring nature’s design to your own work.
Planet:tech will be a global meeting place for technology and environment. It is a new conference at Collision, a massive 20,000 person technology conference with 13 sub-conferences in New Orleans, between the two weekends of Jazz Fest. Participants come from over 100 countries.
The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has a new show exploring the counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s and its global impact on art and design. Several Fuller artifacts are featured including issues of the Whole Earth Catalog. This transformative period is displayed through immersive environments, printed works, films and media installations.
Biomimicry is design inspired by nature’s time-tested strategies. The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is asking teams to tackle climate change using biomimetic design. “Anyone has the ability to participate in this challenge, whether you’ve been trained in biomimicry or not. All it takes is a willingness to make a difference when it comes to climate change and some patience.”
Maurice Conti, a designer and futurist from Autodesk, has given a TED talk suggesting that a new partnership among technology applications, principles of nature, and human ingenuity is shaping our world, enabling it to move from fabricated to farmed, constructed to grown, isolated to connected, extracted to aggregated, and from obedience to autonomy. By combining machine learning and design, computers, he posits, are improving our ability to imagine.
NOVA released a fascinating hour-long program on the power and uses of origami. For example, the principles of ancient paper folding practice are used today for design of satellites and micro robots as well as in developing new medicines. The show explored how the rules of origami follow those in nature as in how leaves grow and how insects fly.