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Nominate a socially responsible design to win $100K in the 2015 Buckminster Fuller ChallengeApril 15th, 2015

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The Buckminster Fuller Challenge just launched their 2015 search for “socially responsible design’s highest award”—and they want your help in the nomination process. Every year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute awards a $100,000 cash prize to a deserving project with significant potential to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems. Previous winners include the Living Building Challenge and Operation Hope, a project that reverses desertification in Africa. If you’d like to recommend a visionary project to the 2015 visionary project, keep reading for more details.

April 15th, 2015

April 15th, 2015



Each year, a $100,000 cash prize is awarded to support the ongoing development and implementation of one outstanding design solution. The winning individual or team receives round trip airfare and accommodations to a conferring ceremony in New York City as well as the prestigious OmniOculi award sculpture created for The Fuller Challenge by artist Tom Shannon.

The winners of the Challenge also receive all of the benefits of our Catalyst Program, including additional opportunities to present their work at events organized by BFI. Recent opportunities have included Greenbuild, Architecting the Future symposia, Black Mountain College International Conference, Cooper Union and the Institute of Sustainable Design lectures, and other international symposia on Buckminster Fuller, sustainable culture events, design conferences and social entrepreneurship gatherings.


Entries must meet the following criteria:

Visionary – put forth an original idea or synthesize existing ideas into a new strategy that creatively addresses a critical need

Comprehensive – apply a whole-systems approach to the design and implementation process and aim to address multiple goals, requirements and conditions in a holistic way

Anticipatory – factor in critical future trends and needs as well as the projected impacts of implementation in the short and long term

Ecologically Responsible – enhance the ability of natural systems to regenerate

Feasible – rely on current technology, existing resources and a solid team capable of implementing the project

Verifiable – able to demonstrate authentic claims backed by empirical data

Replicable – able to be adapted to similar conditions elsewhere