Challenge


Launched in 2007, the Fuller Challenge has defined an emerging field of practice: the whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact. The entry criteria have established a new framework through which to identify and measure effective, enduring solutions to global sustainability’s most entrenched challenges. The rigorous selection process has set a unique standard, gaining renown as "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award."

The Fuller Challenge attracts bold, visionary, tangible initiatives focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world's complex problems.

"We are coming to an era the likes of which we've never seen before, we're in the whitewaters of human history. We don't know what lies ahead. Bucky Fuller's ideas on design are at the core of any set of solutions that will take us to calmer waters.”

– David Orr

The 2016 Call for Proposals is now available.

FINAL (EXTENDED) DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016 AT 17:00 ET
Click here to read about the student entry category.

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Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Student Category Winner

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the winner of the student category of the 2016 Fuller Challenge: The Center for Human Habitat and Alternative Technology (CHHAT) at Vadodara Design Academy in Gujarat, India, submitted by Sapan Hirpara. CHHAT is a student initiative that explores, incubates, and disseminates strategies for the built environment through a collaborative design-build process in order to meet real, contextual needs. Read more and watch a video about their work here.

Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Finalists

August 23rd, 2016, New York City: The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge.

Announcing the 2016 Fuller Challenge Semi-finalists

July 5th, 2016, New York City: The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Semifinalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge.

About the Challenge



Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute invites scientists, entrepreneurs, planners, designers, architects, activists, artists, and students from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.

Media

See here for a catalog of Challenge-related Announcements, Press Releases and news coverage.

Winners

Fuller Challenge winners apply a rare combination of pragmatic, visionary, comprehensive and anticipatory thinking and tackle issues as broad as urban mobility, coastal restoration and innovation in biomaterials packaging.

Idea Index

For more information about the winners, finalists, and other entrants to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, from 2008 to 2013, please visit Idea Index 1.0. Version 2.0 is on the way!