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Posted By Brit Liggett On September 26, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Design,Environment,Green Design Competitions,humanitarian design,Interviews,News,social responsibility,Sustainable Design Organizations,Video,Water Issues | 4 Comments

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The Buckminster Fuller Institute [2] (BFI) is an organization after Inhabitat’s own heart. It was formed by the visionary eco architect/designer’s family in 1983 to champion Buckminster Fuller’s [3] amazing legacy and provide the design world — and the rest of humanity, for that matter — with the tools we need to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Buckminster Fuller [4] was a “full systems thinker” — he was a renaissance man who foresaw the problems we are facing now decades before anyone else, and came up with innovative, thoughtful ways to solve humanity’s most pressing problems around energy, shelter and natural resources. Sadly, this amazing man is no longer with us, but The Buckminster Fuller Institute [2] marches forward in his name with a handful of thought-provoking programs for designers [5]. Their flagship initiative is the Buckminster Fuller Challenge [6] design competition to provide solutions to complicated social/environmental problems. Inhabitat covers the BFI Challenge finalists every year [7], and we were thrilled to announce the winner of the 2010 competition in a video! Watch our video profile (above) to learn about BFI, Bucky’s legacy, and the inspiring winner of this $100,000 prize.

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Along with the Buckminster Fuller Challenge [6], BFI has a number of programs [5] that champion Bucky’s comprehensive anticipatory design science model. They hold lectures, seminars, workshops and hands on training programs as a part of their Design Science Education [9] initiative. The largest program is the Design Science lab, a 7-10 day immersion in the study of design science. They hold Prototype [10] labs where artists, designers, engineers and thinkers come together to physically build structures that re-contextualize Bucky’s ideas.

They also have an immense library of artifacts and information from Bucky’s life and beyond. This is split into two parts – the Study Center [10] is located in Brooklyn and is a wide reaching library of information from Buckminster Fuller’s own research. The Idea Index [11] is a comprehensive list and researchable database of all of the entries to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge over the last few years — the Idea Index [11] is available online. The Buckminster Fuller Institute is championing the legacy of one of Inhabitat’s favorite thinkers while pushing contemporary designers and engineers to follow in his footsteps by looking at the big picture.

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[2] The Buckminster Fuller Institute: http://bfi.org/

[3] Buckminster Fuller’s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller

[4] Buckminster Fuller: http://bfi.org/about-bucky

[5] programs for designers: http://bfi.org/programs

[6] Buckminster Fuller Challenge: http://challenge.bfi.org/

[7] BFI Challenge finalists every year: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/29/2010-buckminster-fuller-challenge-finalists-announced/

[8] Image: http://inhabitat.com/video-buckminster-fuller-institute-announces-2010-challenge-winner/buckminster-fuller-amex-4/

[9] Design Science Education: http://bfi.org/programs/design-science-education

[10] Prototype: http://bfi.org/programs/prototype

[11] Idea Index: http://bfi.org/programs/idea-index

[12] + Donate to The Buckminster Fuller Institute: http://bfi.org/about-us/support-us

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