Vol. 16 No. 5, May 2015


Vol. 16 No. 5, May 2015

Trimtab Vol. 16 No. 5

BFI Updates

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BFI invites you to think of charitable giving as an omni-directional opportunity. We depend upon your support to keep our vital work going. We hope you agree that now, as never before, the courageous example of Buckminster Fuller’s commitment to ensuring the world works for all of us is seen, heard and carried on by future generations. We invite you to get creative and make a contribution to BFI! 

Bonhams Private Viewing

As one of many events in celebration of the 120th anniversary of R. Buckminster Fuller’s birth in 1895— coincidentally the same year of the installation of Auguste Rodin’s monument commemorating the heroism of the Burghers of Calais in France—the Buckminster Fuller Institute was invited to a private viewing of “The Impressionist and Modern Art”, a collection of items at auction with Bonhams.

Welcoming Our 2015 Program Fellows

BFI is thrilled to introduce our 2015 Program Fellows, Vrinda Manglik and Melissa Kelly, who will be joining our team this summer to participate in the research and analysis of the 2015 Fuller Challenge entries. Our competitive Fellowship Program is constructed as an interdisciplinary collaborative providing the next generation of thought leaders an in-depth experience evaluating whole system design solutions. Read more about what brings them to BFI here.

Bucky Takes Montreal

BFI is proud to announce its involvement as a catalyst supporting Le Buckython and the IX Symposium this May in Montreal. See a translated version of the Metro article on Le Buckython here and a look at the IX Symposia here.


Echoing Green Finalists Announced

BFI Program Manager Sarah Skenazy served as a Senior Reviewer for the Echoing Green Fellowship this spring and the Finalists have just been announced! Take a look at this outstanding group of 105 change makers launching bold ideas to solve the world’s biggest problems here.

Designed for the Future book features Fuller's Dymaxion Map

A new book out from Princeton Architecture Press titled "Designed for the Future" uses examples of leading design thinkers that "show the way to our future success on earth and begin a much-needed dialogue about what we can realistically accomplish in the decades ahead."

Michael Ben-Eli Interviewed by Michael Wayne

Michael Ben-Eli, longtime BFI advisor, founder of The Sustainability Laboratory, and close student of Buckminster Fuller, was recently interviewed by Michael Wayne in his series Interviews with the Leading Edge. You can watch the entire piece here.

Upcoming Events


The Buckminster Fuller Institute presents a workshop in synergetic geometry with Kurt Pryzbilla at STEAM WORKS, a free public festival presenting hands-on educational activities that inspire and inform! Join us in Brooklyn on June 6th, 12-4 pm for insight on how Bucky's ideas are translatable today through a hands on exploration of synergetic structure.

Lane Museum Dymaxion Replica

The Lane Motor Museum will have the Dymaxion Car #1 as of February 26th, 2015. More info here on the Museum and the announcement is here and a BBC article on the making of the replica is here.

Geodesign 2015 Global classroom

The GeoDesign 2015 Global classroom moves into its 4th year this summer, in San Diego, with a series on "Engineering The Transition To Renewable Energy And Clean Water For All" - for more on the program and to apply please go here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Living Breakwaters Project Launch

2014 Fuller Challenge Winner Living Breakwaters project launch has just been announced by Governor Cuomo, who said that the project “will make Staten Island the model for resiliency and innovation.” Read the full press release here and learn more about their comprehensive design in their winner feature on our website!

From The Idea Index

Dispatches from the Field - Thunder Valley Ground Breaking

2014 Fuller Challenge Special Award Recipient Thunder Valley will be celebrating the ground breaking for their Regenerative Community Development on June 22 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A wonderful short documentary has just been released chronicling their visionary work bringing this project, a catalyst for economic development, health equity, workforce development, and innovation to fruition. Take a look here to see whole systems design in action!

From the Store

Visit the BFI's Online Store!

Check out Dymaxion Artifacts, BFI's online store, and see a few items for sale and some new stock!

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