Vol. 18 No. 3, August 2017


Vol. 18 No. 3, August 2017

Trimtab Vol. 18 No. 3

BFI Updates

Announcing the 2017 Fuller Challenge Semifinalists

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is delighted to announce the Semifinalists for the 2017 Fuller Challenge. A record number of entries were submitted in this 10th anniversary cycle of the program. Seventeen proposals were selected as Semifinalists from more than 460 entries. The seventeen Semifinalists have undergone rigorous evaluation for adherence to the Fuller Challenge criteria over a period of 4 months by members of the Challenge Review Committee, which includes more than a dozen long-standing reviewers as well as external advisors and experts.

Welcoming our 2017 Program Fellow

Through our prestigious Fellowship Program, BFI welcomes outstanding early-career practitioners to join the Fuller Challenge Review Committee for four months of the rigorous application review process. The fellowship is designed as an interdisciplinary, collaborative experience, and provides a unique opportunity to contextualize whole-systems thinking through immersion in the Fuller Challenge entry pool. In 2017, BFI welcomed Program Fellow Alicja Walters.


Dymaxion Quilt

Haptic Lab, an interdisciplinary design studio founded by Brooklyn architect Emily Fischer is offering a Dymaxion Map Quilt with a percentage of proceeds going to BFI. The Dymaxion Projection is the only flat map of the entire surface of the Earth that reveals our planet as one island in one ocean, without any visually obvious distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas, and without splitting any continents. It was developed by Buckminster Fuller who "by 1954, after working on the map for several decades," finally realized a "satisfactory deck plan of the six and one half sextillion ton Spaceship Earth."

The Encore Prize

The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge seeks applications from organizations and individuals who are thinking creatively about how to harness the skills and experience of “encore-stage” adults — people 50+ — in support of young people. Public voting is open until August 31st.

What Is Reality?

This provocative video from Quantum Gravity Research describes the organization’s Emergence Theory, which proposes that the fabric of space and time are woven together from 3D quasicrystals based on tetrahedrons. They propose that this is the “fundamental substructure of all of reality,” a notion deeply resonant with fundamental insights within Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics.

Upcoming Events

Register for the 2017 Bioneers Conference

The 2017 Bioneers Conference will be held at the Marin Center in San Rafael, California this October 19- 23. For nearly 30 years, this gathering has showcased incredible speakers, including leaders in the environmental, social activism, food justice movements, and many more. Registration is now open.

Arquideas | Museum of the Ancient Nile (MoAN) Egypt international architecture competition.

The Museum of the Ancient Nile (MoAN) Egypt is hosting competition for architecture students and young architects, and submissions will be accepted until September 22nd. The competition asks participants to conceive of a museum that will submerge visitors in the ancient Nile and become an essential experience for tourists who wish to comprehend how Egyptian civilization proliferated.

“Think Resilience,” Self Directed Online Course

We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval, which prompts a profoundly important question: What should we do? The Post Carbon Institute believes two things are absolutely critical: 1. Understanding the true nature of the challenges we face. 2. Building resilience at the community level. That's why they've created a new online course Think Resilience: Preparing Communities for the Rest of the 21st Century to help us get started.

From The Idea Index

Fuller Challenge Winner Ecovative obtains $9.1 million contract with the US Department of Defense

2013 Fuller Challenge Winner Ecovative Design has been awarded a contract valued at up to $9.1 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop next generation building materials: living materials that are more versatile, more efficient, and more cost effective in rapidly creating structures, by literally growing those structures in places where they are needed.

From the Store

Limited Edition Portfolio available on BFI's online store

A Limited Edition print portfolio of new works was created to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Buckminster Fuller. Published by The Buckminster Fuller Institute in 2015, the portfolio includes ten giclee color prints by artists Mel Chin, Fritz Haeg, Matthew Day Jackson, Helen + Newton Harrison, Maya Lin, Mary Mattingly, Pedro Reyes, Tomas Saraceno, and Stephen Talasnik. The portfolio is now available on BFI's online store for a discounted price. All purchases directly support the non-profit institute.

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