The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the Call for Proposals to the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Recognized as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award”, the Challenge is an annual global design competition awarding the winner a $100,000 cash prize to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems. This prize program is a clarion call to the world’s artists, scientists, designers, architects, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs committed to playing a unique and transformative role in addressing the biggest issues we face today.
Inspired by Bucky’s call for a design science revolution, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is the world’s only large scale prize awarding holistic approaches to the interrelated crises confronting the world today.
“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, 2011 Challenge Juror
The internationally renowned jury will look for entries with a clear grasp of the ‘the big picture’, focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Winning entries for the last five years have applied a rare combination of pragmatic, visionary, comprehensive and anticipatory design thinking to tackling issues as broad as urban mobility, coastal restoration and new standards for building performance.
Additional Support Awarded in 2013
“We are committed to accelerating the implementation of as many outstanding projects as we can, and are thrilled this year to be partnering with a number of organizations and companies to help further support a select number of entries with mentoring, incubation, educational resources, etc. Stay tuned for details as we roll them out over the next 4 weeks!” said BFI Executive Director, Elizabeth Thompson. Partners including international sustainability pioneers Interface, Inc., and the Presido Graduate School’s Center for Professional Development, among others, have joined in supporting entrants of the Challenge in 2013.
ARE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WORKING ON A HOLISTIC SOLUTION TO MAKE THE WORLD WORK FOR 100% OF HUMANITY?
Read below for more information on what we are looking for, download the full Call for Proposals, and APPLY!
Deadline is Friday April 12, 2013, 5pm EST.