The Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2010


Operation Hope - Permanent water and food security for Africa's impoverished millions
Allan Savory on behalf of Africa Centre for Holistic Management Trustees and staff

Barefoot Women Solar Engineers of Africa, Asia and Latin America
Bunker Roy of The Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan, India

A Call to Farm : FarmShare
BK Farmyards

Martin Felsen + Sarah Dunn

Living Building Challenge
Jason F. McLennan and Eden Brukman

Watergy Greenhouse
Martin Buchholz, Inventor and Initiator of Watergy

View entries...



カテゴリ アワード / 学生が参加できるコンペ / コンペ結果
タイプ International, Award, Open, Anonymous
ジャンル Design-Science
開催地 United States
登録締切日 30 October 2009 GoogleCal iCal
提出締切日 30 October 2009 (via Online)
応募資格 18 years of age or older

Winning the Buckminster Fuller Challenge will require more than a great stand-alone innovation. If for example, your solution emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool, technology, or any combination, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy dealing with key social, economic, environmental, policy and cultural issues.

The winning solution should exemplify the trimtab principle. Trimtabs are small steering devices used on ships and airplanes which demonstrate how relatively small amounts of leverage, energy, and resources strategically applied at the right time and place can produce maximum advantageous change.

Entrants must put forward a bold, visionary, tangible initiative that is focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Proposed solutions must represent a preferred state model – one that aims to optimize conditions from inception in order to create the most desirable, sustainable, future outcome. Entries should be regionally specific yet globally applicable, and backed up by a solid plan and the capability to move the solution forward.

Entries must be:

Comprehensive – applies a whole systems approach to all facets of the design and development process; aims to simultaneously address multiple goals, requirements, conditions and issues
Anticipatory – factoring in critical future trends and needs as well as projected impacts of implementation in the short and long term
Ecologically Responsible - reflecting nature's underlying principles while enhancing the Earth’s life-support systems
Feasible – relying on current know-how, technology and existing resources
Verifiable – able to withstand rigorous empirical testing
Replicable – able to scale and adapt to a broad range of conditions

To be announced

The winner (individual or team) will receive a $100,000 cash prize to support the on-going development and implementation of their winning solution.

Entry Fee
US $100
A discounted entry fee of $50 is available for students, academics (employees at a university or research institution), people entering on behalf of a registered non-profit, and financially contributing members of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Past winners

The Buckminster Fuller Institute

Official Website