Vol. 17 No. 4, April 2016


Vol. 17 No. 4, April 2016

Trimtab Vol. 17 No. 4

BFI Updates

ICSID Feature: Ever More with Ever Less

The International Council of Societies for Industrial Design featured an interview with BFI Executive Director Elizabeth Thompson focusing on their current theme of material efficiency. The interview explored Fuller's tenet of "doing more with less", as well as concepts such as ephemeralization, synergy, the trimtab principle, design thinking, and more. Click to read the interview.

Welcoming Our 2016 Program Fellows

Each year, BFI welcomes a small number of outstanding students or early-career practitioners to our Fellowship Program. The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to contextualize systems thinking through immersion in the Fuller Challenge review cycle. We are thrilled to announce our 2016 Fellows, Christina Ciardullo and Devon Artis-White. Click to read more about their experience with BFI.

News from BFI's Catalyst Program

The 2015-16 Fuller Challenge Catalyst Program entrants have received a number of benefits and opportunities through BFI's network in recent months. The Catalyst Program entrants represent the top 10% of the pool of Fuller Challenge entrants each year. Click to read about entrants that received the World Design Impact Prize, Katerva Awards, and the Autodesk Foundation's Impact Design grants.

Dymaxion Reading Group

Last year, BFI launched an online reading group focusing on the first two Fuller texts to be digitized into e-books - Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth and Critical Path. Dialogue was led by Kurt Przybilla, Jaime Snyder, Linda Booth Sweeney, Elizabeth Thompson, and Greg Watson. Did you miss one of the last five Dymaxion Reading Group sessions? Click here to listen to the recordings!


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. BFI members can claim a 30% discount on the regular price of $24.95 when purchasing from Oxford University Press. Click for details and excerpts from the book.

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 Tuesday, May 3rd. Click for more information.

Biomimicry Food Systems Challenge Deadline

The 2016 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is open for entries. Submissions should address a Food Systems problem while intentionally emulating one of nature's mechanisms, processes, patterns, or systems. Click to read more about the requirements for this competition, which has both Open and Student categories. The final submission deadline is May 11th, 2016.

Public Utility Challenge: Innovate Payphones

Public Utility Challenge is launching the Innovate PayPhones challenge to reinvent the traditional street payphone, with the aim to make cities more accessible, healthier, and safer while enhancing user experience. BFI will participate in judging submissions. Students and professionals in design, technology, and architecture are invited to participate. The deadline for submissions is May 12th, 2016 at 5pm EST. Click for details.

Laka Competition '16: Architecture that Reacts

Laka invites architects, students, engineers, biologists, sociologists, designers, thinkers, and organizations to submit their ideas for innovative architecture that adjusts dynamically to current needs and circumstances. Early registration (50 USD) is open until June 1st. The final submission deadline is November 1st, 2016. Click for more information.

Eleven Competition: Architectural Solutions for San Francisco's Tenderloin

BFI Outreach Partner Eleven announced their latest architecture and idea challenge: ‘San Francisco 2016 - Tenderloin System Update’. BFI will serve on the jury for the competition. Click for details from the press release.

Upcoming Events

GreenWave Farm Tour with BFI

2015 Fuller Challenge Winner Bren Smith of GreenWave will give a rare private boat tour of GreenWave's 3D Ocean Farm off of the Thimble Islands in Connecticut. The tour is available for up to 6 BFI Members and will take place on June 5th, 2016. Click for details on how to join us.

Living Future Conference '16

Celebrate a decade of innovation at ‪the Living Future Conference '16, "Truth + Transparency: Celebrating a Decade of Innovation" on May 11-13th in Seattle, WA. Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. BFI's network has been offered a 10% conference discount. Click for details.

SOCAP16 in San Francisco

SOCAP16 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise. Held at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, September 13-16, SOCAP16 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes. Click for registration information.

From The Idea Index

2010 Fuller Challenge Winner in Sianyanga, Zimbabwe

A recent Pacific Standard article explores the application of 2010 Fuller Challenge Winner Allan Savory's Holistic Planned Grazing Model, detailing the comprehensive benefits that it has provided to communities and ecosystems in Zimbabwe. Click to read more.

From the Store

Structure In Nature

BFI's online store is offering an autographed copy of the critically-acclaimed text Structure in Nature is a Strategy for Design by Peter Pearce. Click to read more about the book. All purchases through our online store support our non-profit institute.

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