The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is seeking entries from architects, designers, scientists, and others to tackle a pressing problem for humanity. The program calls for a well-defined integrated strategy that addresses socioeconomic, environmental, and cultural issues. Entrants must present solutions that are regionally specific yet globally applicable, as well as those that are backed up by a solid plan and capable to move forward. The winning initiative will have the potential to play a significant role in the transition to an equitable and sustainable future for all.
The challenge’s namesake, architect and innovator Buckminster Fuller, patented the geodesic dome and committed his career to finding new ways to do more with less. Fuller aimed to make the world work for everyone through spontaneous cooperation “without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.”
The winner will receive $100,000 to support the ongoing development and implementation of their winning solution. All qualifying participants will have their work featured in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Idea Index, a searchable database of socially responsible initiatives. They also will be considered for nomination in the Katerva Awards.
Submission deadline is April 12, 2013. Visit challenge.bfi.org to enter.
Pictured: Living Building Challenge, 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner