Buck Fuller Challenge & Reef Life NYC
Updated: Aug 7
Reef Life Restoration Nanoscience was invited into the Buckminster Fuller Catalyst Program in 2017 as our submittal passed rigorous vetting from the judges. Guyon Brenna attended the BFC CELEBRATION to award the 2017 grand prize and celebrate ten years of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge with a once in a lifetime gathering of past winners and design thought leaders!
This event was produced in partnership with A/D/O. New York City
The rigorous selection process has set a unique standard, gaining renown as
"Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award."
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.
Buckminster Fuller's prolific life of exploration, discovery, invention and teaching was driven by his intention "to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through the spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone."
Fuller couples this intention with a pioneering approach aimed at solving complex problems. This approach, which he called "comprehensive anticipatory design science", combined an emphasis on individual initiative and integrity with whole systems thinking, scientific rigor, and faithful reliance on nature's underlying principles. The designs he is best know for (the geodesic dome, the Dymaxion house, car, map, and global electric grid) were part of a visionary strategy to redesign the inter-related systems of shelter, transportation and energy.
Fuller’s work embodies a deeply attuned ecological aesthetic. Fuller conceived and prototyped new strategies intended to enable all of humanity to live lives characterized by freedom, comfort and dignity without negatively impacting the earth’s ecosystems or regenerative ability. He emphasized that the technology and know-how already exist to successfully surmount our global challenges and advocated “doing more with less” by increasing the overall performance of every resource invested in a system.
After decades of tracking world resources, innovations in science and technology, and human needs, Fuller asserted that options exist to successfully surmount the crises of unprecedented scope and complexity facing all humanity — he issued a call for a creative design revolution to make the world work for all. Answering this call is what the Fuller Challenge is all about.
SUSTAINABILITY: THE FIVE CORE PRINCIPLES
Michael Ben-Eli Buckminster Fuller
Dr. Michael Ben-Eli is an international consultant on management and organization. He was a student and close associate of Buckminster Fuller, with whom he collaborated on projects involving research on advanced structural systems and exploration of issues related to the management of technology and world resources for the advantage of all.
The Five Core Principles of Sustainability have been developed to serve as a new framework to advance our understanding of what must guide our actions if we intend to implement breakthrough sustainability practices.
"If you wish to fly and want to successfully construct an aircraft in order to do so, you need to understand the basic principles of aerodynamics. Similarly, if we are serious about ensuring a sustainable future, we need to be guided by a set of principles which underlie sustainability as an enduring state." — M. Ben-Eli
The Buckminster Fuller Institute https://www.bfi.org/dymaxion-forum/2017/10/shareable-cities-book-and-toolkit via @BuckyFullerInst
Buckminster Fuller ASK:
"HOW to Make the
Life Ark Floating City
One of the most intriguing elements the Reef Life Science teams took from the other winners into the Buckminster Fuller Catalyst Program with us, is a proliferation of astonishing designs for Floating Projects, from the Life ARK city at left to the Doctor's Office for island and coastal communities who need to get to a facility, and NOW the facility comes to them!!!
Reef Life Scientist, Dr Konstantin Sobolev has perfected the Floating Platform technologies with our Structural Cellular Concretes, Superhydrophobic admixtures and sealants so that floating platform projects can also include Floating Farms with capabilities to grow Kelp & Seaweed.
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The Reef Life Nanoscience & Ocean Design Team whose Buckminster Fuller 2017 challenge application was accepted into the Catalyst Program includes Dr. Konstantin Sobolev, Guyon Brenna, Andy Kuhlken and Melody Saunders Brenna. "We are incredibly proud of our team, this 10th year of the Fuller Challenge proved a tremendous Global following with OVER 460 Submittals from over 100 countries. While we did not make the finals in the Challenge, the TOP 17% of submittals were invited into the Fuller Catalyst Program where Reef Life Oceanic Infrastructure and Nanomaterials expertise will be imperatives for other Catalyst Projects." MSB
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