The Buckminster Fuller Institute has just announced the six pioneering finalists for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Whittled down from a shortlist of 15, the finalists represent this year’s top solutions for addressing “humanity’s most pressing problems” and will continue on in the running to win the $100,000 grand prize toward the implementation of their work. The final six proposals are geographically and topically diverse, ranging from the use of algae systems for wastewater treatment to digital modeling technologies to create water-smart urban design.
Named after R. Buckminster Fuller, the renowned 20th century inventor and visionary, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge seeks pioneering solutions that align with Fuller’s call to “make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” This year’s open call for solutions, now in its eighth cycle, attracted over 400 entries from 136 countries across a diversity of disciplines.
Though the finalists differ from one another in focus, they all share similar themes, such as sustainability, whether environmental or social. The majority of the proposals this year address responsible and innovative resource management that combines natural systems with modern technology. The 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge finalists include: Algae Systems, Community Architects Network, Drylands Resilience Initiative and HAZEL, the non-profit GreenWave, the Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, and the Nubian Vault Programme. You can learn more about the finalists and the semi-finalists in our previous Buckminster Fuller Challenge announcement.
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