Dispatches From the Field: Waterbank Schools + Interface

The innovative Waterbank School initiative is the first featured in our new series of updates from Fuller Challenge finalists. Read more about their trip to the Clinton Global Initiative, visionary new building designs, and their PITCHKenya, a rainwater-harvesting soccer stadium!

Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson in conversation

Poet-farmer Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson of the Land Institute recently came together at the Cooper Union for a conversation about the current state of agriculture and the future of farming, hosted by Mark Bittman of The New York

From Argentina to Zambia and Back Again

We received entries from a record 91 countries in this year’s Fuller Challenge award cycle. Proposals spanned the spectrum of human endeavor and included submissions covering everything from emergency shelter and urban design to community resilience and food system solutions; from inventions increasing the efficient use of energy resources to visionary arts interventions.


Thank you to all of the architects, activists, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, students, planners, and thought-leaders from all over the world who submitted their innovative solutions!

Invitation from the Buckminster Fuller Institute

Do you have a breakthrough idea to solve some of the biggest challenges we face as a global community? Are you working to figure out just what kind of approach is adequate to the scale of the planetary problems facing humanity? Join us!

Criteria and Questions for the Challenge

While putting together your application, it would be helpful to keep in mind the following criteria for the Challenge, as well as the questions for this year’s cycle, as listed here.

Nature as Measure

BFI is co-sponsoring a landmark food movement event at The Cooper Union on April 4th, 2014. Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, and Mark Bittman will discuss scenarios for successful food systems and the future of farming.

The Countdown Begins

One month left to enter the Challenge!

Bucky and Cosmopoetics at NYU

BFI Board Chair David McConville and Joachim Krausse, another erudite Bucky scholar, will be speaking at Cosmopoetics: A Symposium on (Post-)Modern Epistemology at NYU's Deutsches Haus on Friday, March 7.

Whole Earth Summit

BFI Board Chair David McConville, Buckminster Fuller Challenge winners Jason McLennan and Allan Savory, 2 finalists, and 4 jurors are all set to speak as part of the Whole Earth Summit, a free online conference happening March 11-14.