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Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Call for proposals

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Get your thinking caps on! From March 1 2013, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge will be inviting the world’s artists, scientists, designers, architects, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs to enter its annual international design competition. 

Now in its sixth year, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge continues to discover the latest innovative project that presents a strategy with significant potential to resolve humanity’s most complex issues. The winning entrant will be awarded 100,000 dollars to support the ongoing development of his or her projects.

Proposals can be at a variety of development stages – a well-formulated concept, a proof-of-concept, or simply a proven track record. Idea and demonstration of knowledge are the main focus. Last year’s winners, the Living Building Challenge, fascinated judges with their sustainability certification program, which provides a framework for design and construction and development. The idea is based on their philosophy that the creation of building projects should operate as “cleanly, beautifully, and efficiently as nature's architecture.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Buckminster Fuller’s death, whose legacy continues through his namesake institute and contest, formed respectively in 1983 and 2007. If you’re up to the challenge of solving one of the worlds pressing problems, the 2013 cycle will open for proposals on March 1, 2013. The deadline for submissions is April 12, 2013. Good luck!


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