The finalists for the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Competition challenging designers to come up with workable solutions to the world's most significant problems such as water scarcity, food supply, and energy consumption have just been announced, and as always we're thrilled to see this year's crop of innovative projects! They range from zero energy buildings to a solar college for women in India to a plan to rehydrate the great lakes. Here we present to you the six worthy finalists and their plans to fulfill Buckminster Fuller’s dream of bringing humanity back in balance with the earth.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller’s words are a perfect guideline for the contestants of this challenge and building a new model is what they are all focused on. The contest challenges contestants to provide, “a workable solution to one of the world’s most significant challenges such as water scarcity, food supply, and energy consumption.”
From a pool of 215 entries a panel of 11 judges narrowed them down through a series of eliminations to the final six. The winner of the challenge will be announced June 2nd at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC and will receive a $100,000 prize in recognition of their work and to help them move forward. All of the finalists embody ideas close to Inhabitat’s heart and we salute them all for a job well done. Good luck in the challenge contestants, looks like it’s a tough race to enter!