This week the Buckminster Fuller Institute announced the 19 semi-finalists that will take part in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The competition recognizes projects that solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems through design. Named as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine, the Challenge received a record number of entries this year. Over the next six weeks, the jury will review the proposals and convene for deliberation in early October. The winners will be announced New York City ceremony in November, 2013.

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Each of the projects will be scrutinized according to the competition’s established criteria. The visions must put forth what Buckminster Fuller called the “preferred state model,” or ideas that propose an initial set of conditions that will foster positive change over time. In adherence to the “trimab” principle, the entries must be small, simple, and applicable to larger systems that enable them to preserve environmental health. Each will address a bigger picture issue, factor in future trends for the short and long term, be ecologically responsible, rely on current technology, withstand scrutiny, and have the ability to be replicated elsewhere.

The entries for 2013 include proposals to treat human waste and convert the refuse into energy and fertilizer, create home compostable biopackaging, use open-source monitoring tools and techniques to ‘democratize’ science, monitor watersheds, establish green chemistry initiatives, and many more. Stay tuned to Inhabitat as we take a closer look at these innovative measures to improve the globe!

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