Vol. 17 No. 3, March 2016


Vol. 17 No. 3, March 2016

Trimtab Vol. 17 No. 3

BFI Updates

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2016 Fuller Challenge

Due to overwhelming demand from our network in the week after our original deadline, BFI extended the final deadline for the 2016 Fuller Challenge until Friday, April 1st at 17:00 ET. Entries will continue to be accepted through our online submission platform until then. Click here to read the Call for Proposals. Click here for information on how to enter.

Why Enter the Fuller Challenge? Benefits Beyond the Grand Prize

Are you wondering whether you should enter the 2016 Fuller Challenge? Outside of the $100,000 grand prize awarded to the winner each year, there are a number of benefits and opportunities associated with entering "socially responsible design's highest award". Click to read about these benefits as well as testimonials from entrants.

BFI Executive Director Elizabeth Thompson Attends Salzburg Global Forum

BFI Executive Director Elizabeth Thompson was honored to join 60 global change-makers at the Salzburg Global Seminar in late February for Session 561: "Beyond Green: The Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainability". The goal of this session was to build on path-breaking cultural initiatives, advancing international and cross-sectoral links between arts and sustainability activities around the world. Thompson moderated a panel session called "Designs on the Future". Click for details.

Over 100 participants join BFI at Hammer Museum in LA for Geometry Workshop

BFI recently produced a very well-received workshop entitled "Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking", facilitated by inventor, writer, producer, and educator Kurt Przybilla. The event was hosted by the Hammer Museum in LA as a free public program associated with the "Leap Before You Look" Black Mountain College exhibition. Click for a recap of the event.


Bucky Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio by Mark Wigley

Bucky Inc. is a 320-page book containing 150 images. The text rethinks the legacy of Buckminster Fuller, framing him as one of the key protagonists of 20th century technological progress. Choose the Buckminster Fuller Institute when you purchase using Amazon Smile, and 0.5% of all purchases will support our non-profit institute. Click for details.

You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future by Jonathon Keats

You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future by Jonathon Keats is a new take on Fuller’s life and how his works are applied today. The book will be released in April 2016, and BFI members can claim a 30% discount on the regular price of $24.95. Click for more information.

Allegra Fuller Snyder's 2015 Conferring Ceremony Speech Now Online

At the 2015 Fuller Challenge Conferring Ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, Buckminster Fuller's daughter Allegra Fuller Snyder spoke about her father's influence. Hundreds of guests were moved by her words. Her speech was recorded by David Lackey of Whirlwind Creative and is now available online. Click to listen to the mp3 and view photos of the event.

The Halcyon Incubator Seeks Social Entrepreneurs

The Halcyon Incubator is seeking intrepid early stage social entrepreneurs with sustainable and scalable models that address critical 21st century challenges. This immersive, residency-based program in Washington DC includes a $10,000 stipend, free workspace, mentoring, and other forms of support. Applications are due by 5pm ET on May 3rd. Click for more information.

Unreasonable Institute Early Childhood Development Accelerator

BFI Outreach Partner Unreasonable Institute is launching a new accelerator program - the Early Childhood Development Accelerator, geared toward US-based entrepreneurs working to improve the lives of low-income children aged 0-5. The application deadline is April 1st. Click for details.

Eleven Competition: Architectural Solutions for San Francisco's Tenderloin

Following on from the success of the Cambodia 2015 competition, BFI Outreach Partner Eleven is excited to announce their latest architecture and idea challenge: ‘San Francisco 2016 - Tenderloin System Update’. Click for details from the press release.

Upcoming Events

Our Common Home This Thursday, March 24th

Join BFI to celebrate "Our Common Home" hosted by the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design this Thursday, March 24th at 7pm in New York City. Musicians, artists, poets, and scientists will gather to share perspectives on a multifaceted and holistic path forward in protecting our planet. The event is free and open to the public. Click for details and to RSVP.

"R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (And Mystery) of the Universe " in San Diego

"R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (And Mystery) of the Universe" returns to the Lyceum Stage in San Diego, California from March 10-April 3. BFI Members can claim complimentary tickets to a preview performance preceded by a members-only event. Click for details.

Architecture of Life at BAMPFA

The "Architecture of Life" exhibition is on display until May 29th at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Bucky's daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder, shared her thoughts after visiting the exhibition. Click to read.

From The Idea Index

New Design from 2013 Fuller Challenge Semi-finalist Loowatt

2013 Fuller Challenge Semi-finalist Loowatt recently launched the newly designed Roso toilet in Madagascar. Loowatt's model creatively converts human waste into energy and fertilizer, improving local health conditions while providing economic opportunity. Click for details about the new design.

From the Store

R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man (The Kassler Lectures)

Looking for your next read, or a gift for a fan of Bucky? World Man documents Fuller's never-before-published 1966 Kassler lecture at Princeton University School of Architecture. Delivered at the height of his career, Fuller used the lecture to reflect on and synthesize his most significant concepts. Click for more info. Purchases through our online store directly support our non-profit institute.

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