Vol. 17 No. 9, September 2016


Vol. 17 No. 9, September 2016

Trimtab Vol. 17 No. 9

BFI Updates

Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Finalists

In August, BFI announced that six finalists reached the final deliberation phase in the 2016 Fuller Challenge. Each finalist underwent a rigorous, multi-stage review process for adherence to the entry criteria by the Fuller Challenge Review Committee. Read more about the six incredible initiatives that are under consideration for selection to win the grand prize and an award of $100,000.

Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Student Category Winner

BFI is pleased to recognize the first winner of the Fuller Challenge student category: The Center for Human Habitat and Alternative Technology (CHHAT) at Vadodara Design Academy in Gujarat, India, submitted by Sapan Hirpara. CHHAT is a student initiative that explores, incubates, and disseminates strategies for the built environment through a collaborative design-build process in order to meet real, contextual needs. Read more and watch a video about their work here.

BFI Welcomes New Board Members

BFI is delighted to announce that Amy Edmondson and George Orbelian have joined BFI's Board of Directors. Click to read more about their work.

Press Coverage

Since announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge semifinalists in June, the Fuller Challenge program has received substantial press coverage. Review the 19 semifinalist initiatives here, and check out press coverage from ArchDaily, the Architect's Newspaper, Bustler, Inhabitat, and more here.

Support our work

Please consider a tax-deductible donation of any amount to support BFI as we seek to continue and expand educational programming, including the Fuller Challenge, in 2017. BFI is a small, non-profit organization that survives in large part thanks to the generosity of its individual donors and supporters. Visit this page to learn more about how you can support our work.


Laka Competition '16: Architecture that Reacts

Laka invites architects, students, engineers, biologists, sociologists, designers, thinkers and organizations to submit ideas for innovative architecture that adjusts dynamically to current needs and circumstances. Regular registration (75 USD) is open until October 1st. The final submission deadline is November 1st, 2016. The top three submissions will receive cash prizes. More information can be found here.

The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College

Eva Díaz describes the discordant yet equally hermetic teaching methodologies of Josef Albers, John Cage, and R. Buckminster Fuller that were developed during the years immediately following World War II at Black Mountain College. An excerpt and reviews can be found here. The book and e-book are available through the University of Chicago Press.

Recommended Reading from Amy Edmondson

Amy Edmondson, new BFI Board Member and chief engineer to Buckminster Fuller in the early 1980s, recently provided a list of books that executives should read to become more effective team leaders and to capture the benefits of synergy for their companies. Check out the Strategy + Business interview here.

Upcoming Events

27th Annual National Bioneers Conference

The 2016 Bioneers Conference will be held in San Rafael, CA this October 21- 23, 2016. For 27 years, Bioneers has been the leading summit calling for a revolution from the heart of nature. Register to explore practical, visionary solutions to live more harmoniously on this planet. 2015 Fuller Challenge Winner Bren Smith will be a keynote speaker at the event.

Frontera: Women of the Wall

BFI Board Chair David McConville will be a special guest at Frontera: Women of the Wall on October 21-22. This is a world building summit from the USC World Building Institute, Pigeon Hole Productions, and Cali Baja, which will apply the narrative processes of world building to address real world problems. Read more here.

Accelerate2030 and Social Good Summit Geneva

UNDP and Impact Hub are joining forces to launch the Accelerate2030 platform aimed at supporting and promoting the most promising impact-driven ventures across the globe who focus on tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Five entrepreneurs will be selected to present their ventures at the inaugural Social Good Summit Geneva on October 6th. Get more information about the event here.

From The Idea Index

2015 Finalist Recognized by Place By Design Competition

2015 Fuller Challenge Finalist Association la Voute Nubienne was selected as a finalist in the Resilience + Health category of the Place by Design competition to take place at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas this October. Read more about their selection and the competition here.

From the Store

New Inventory on BFI's Online Store

A number of new and used books by and about Buckminster Fuller are now available on BFI's online store. The new inventory includes rare, out-of-print editions and limited stock is available. Explore the options and grab your next Fuller text of gift item. All purchases through BFI's online store directly support our non-profit institute.

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