Vol. 15 No. 4, April 2014


Vol. 15 No. 4, April 2014

Trimtab Vol. 15 No. 4

BFI Updates


The entry window for the 2014 Fuller Challenge closed this month. Thank you to all of the architects, activists, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, students, planners, and thought-leaders from all over the world who submitted their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. Semi-Finalists will be announced in August, Finalists will be announced in September, and the Conferring Ceremony for the Challenge Winner will take place in New York City in November 2014. Stay tuned for the winning comprehensive design!

From Argentina to Zambia and Back Again

We received entries from a record 91 countries in this year’s Fuller Challenge award cycle. Proposals spanned the spectrum of human endeavor and included submissions covering everything from emergency shelter and urban design to community resilience and food system solutions; from inventions increasing the efficient use of energy resources to visionary arts interventions. See the full list of Challenge participant countries here!

Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson in conversation

Poet-farmer Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson of the Land Institute recently came together at the Cooper Union for a conversation about the current state of agriculture and the future of farming.


IPCC report released

The IPCC released its Fifth Assessment Report on climate change, including a much larger base of scientific data that demonstrates the very real effects from a changing climate. But is it enough?

White House climate change data website launched

Building on, its open data initiative, the White House has launched, the Obama Administration's new website aimed at giving citizens access to climate change-related data.

Economic Inequity and the Possibility of Collapse

A paper has been published modeling the role of unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution in civilizational collapse scenarios.

Upcoming Events

BFI talk during Spring of Sustainability

BFI's own Pablo Freund will be speaking with the International Living Future Institute on April 30 as part of the 2014 Spring of Sustainability.

Design Science Lab in June

The 10th Annual Design Science/Global Solutions Lab is taking place June 22-30, 2014 in New York at the UN and in Philadelphia at Chestnut Hill College.

"Outpost" architects sought for 2014 Venice Biennale

Architecture collective OfficeUS is seeking 90 full or part-time architects worldwide to join their 6 partners in residence at the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

From The Idea Index

Dispatches From the Field: Waterbank Schools + Interface

The innovative Waterbank School initiative is the first featured in our new series of updates from Fuller Challenge finalists. Read more about their trip to the Clinton Global Initiative, visionary new building designs, and their PITCHKenya, a rainwater-harvesting soccer stadium!

From the Store

20% off T-shirts with Map

Get 20% off our Dymaxion Map T-Shirt when you buy your choice of either Fuller's iconic Dymaxion Map or Woodcut Maps' Woodcut Dymaxion Map, winner of last year's Dymax Redux contest. Enjoy one of our posters and a T-shirt, while supporting BFI at the same time!

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