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Design Science

Design Science | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

Comprehensive, anticipatory science is problem-solving approached defined by R. Buckminster Fuller as “the effective application of the principles of science to the conscious design of our total environment in order to help make the Earth’s finite resources meet the needs of all of humanity without disrupting the ecological processes of the planet.”

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Buckyballs and diamondoids join forces in tiny electronic gadget from Stanford and SLAC

Buckyballs and diamondoids join forces in tiny electronic gadget from Stanford and SLAC | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

Scientists have married two unconventional forms of carbon – one shaped like a soccer ball, the other a tiny diamond – to make a molecule that conducts electricity in only one direction. This tiny electronic component, known as a rectifier, could play a key role in shrinking chip components down to the size of molecules to enable faster, more powerful devices.

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Knud Lonberg-Holm, Modernism's Invisible Architect and Mentor to Bucky Fuller

Knud Lonberg-Holm, Modernism's Invisible Architect and Mentor to Bucky Fuller | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
An exclusive look at architect Knud Lonberg-Holm, the father of information design and one of Buckminster Fuller's greatest influences.
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Design Icon: 8 Works by Buckminster Fuller

Design Icon: 8 Works by Buckminster Fuller | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

“I seem to be a verb,” he once said. Even more than 30 years after his passing, when the magnificent machine that was Buckminster Fuller’s mind stopped minting ideas and inventions at a prodigious rate, there's still a sense that he is always in motion, moving too fast for the rest of us. You can call Richard Buckminster Fuller many things: a prophet of environmentalism and the counter-culture, decades ahead of the fringe; a Doc Brown of design thinking, whose buoyant optimism held firm to the idea humanity can innovate out of its problems; or simply a self-made genius. But most just called the inspirational thinker “Bucky.”

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On Education

On Education | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

R. Buckminister Fuller attributed much of his inventive genius to the fact that he was a generalist, striving to synergetically integrate ideas from many diverse disciplines into a harmonious whole that was not only novel, but efficient, beautiful, and environmentally friendly. He often wrote and lectured about the limitations of our present educational system. From his essay: "Education Automation," I learned that our present educational system is geared towards specialization, which often leaves the solution of society's most pressing problems to those least able to solve them. How this came to be is explored below.

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San Jose Repertory Theatre

San Jose Repertory Theatre | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it


Radical futurist, inventor, poet and lovable genius, Bucky will challenge you to rethink your life, the world and the role the individual can play in the fate of Spaceship Earth. A consummate doer, Bucky challenged the status quo with cutting edge ideas that inspired many of the early founders of Silicon Valley. What will he inspire in you?

 

Not seen in the Bay Area in more than 10 years, the San Francisco Chronicle called this one-man tour de force

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War Shelters, Short-Lived Yet Living On

War Shelters, Short-Lived Yet Living On | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
In the 1940s, R. Buckminster Fuller converted grain bins into emergency housing. For a long time it seemed they had disappeared from the earth, but at least a dozen have survived in New Jersey.
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Projection Smackdown: Cahill's Butterfly vs. the Dymaxion Map

Projection Smackdown: Cahill's Butterfly vs. the Dymaxion Map | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

In a perfect world, each map projection would be judged on its own merit and applied to the job that suits it best. But perfect worlds are boring. So why not put two projections in a good ol’ eye-gouging, tooth-chipping, back-alley fight for supremacy?

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Rebuilding Fuller’s Dymaxion

Rebuilding Fuller’s Dymaxion | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
An enthusiast in Tennessee has nearly completed a replica of R Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion, one of the most modern – and maligned – cars ever conceived.
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This University City Science Center art installation celebrates Buckminster Fuller

This University City Science Center art installation celebrates Buckminster Fuller | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
Buckminster Fuller, the 20th century visionary inventor behind the geodesic dome, who advocated for doing more with less before the word "efficiency" became buzzy, spent the last decade of his life as a World Fellow in Residence at the University City Science Center. 
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Sayonara, silicon? Engineers build first carbon nanotube computer

Sayonara, silicon? Engineers build first carbon nanotube computer | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
Tech soothsayers have long predicted the demise of computers as we know them today, as their shrinking sizes approach the limits of silicon’s ability to take the heat.
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Buckminster Fuller: A Futurist's Answer to Big Challenges

Buckminster Fuller: A Futurist's Answer to Big Challenges | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
If you look around, the geodesic dome is everywhere, from childrens toys to sports stadiums. Most credit architect Buckminster Fuller for that, but not many know the totality of his futurist vision.
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Kickstarting: An Illustrated Guide To Buckminster Fuller’s Wilder Side

Kickstarting: An Illustrated Guide To Buckminster Fuller’s Wilder Side | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
Like Tesla before him, Buckminster Fuller is one of those weirdo geniuses whose failures are even more fascinating than his successes.
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The Curious History Of The World Cup Soccer Ball

The Curious History Of The World Cup Soccer Ball | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
The design history of the world's favorite ball, from leather clunkers to the nostalgic Buckyball to the most spherical ball in the world.
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Why Bucky, and why now? - Linda Booth Sweeney

Why Bucky, and why now? - Linda Booth Sweeney | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

I’ve finished the manuscript for a children’s biography about Buckminster Fuller, and now I wait.  The editors in New York City and beyond are chewing him over, deciding if today’s middle school kids will find “Bucky” — most famous for his geodesic domes –  interesting, compelling, worth their time.

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The Restoration of Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home Kicks Off Saturday

The Restoration of Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home Kicks Off Saturday | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
The project's first phase will focus on the exterior and geometry of the geodesic dome in Carbondale, Ill.
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Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962

Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962 | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

In 1962, Buckminster Fuller delivered a prophetic lecture at Southern Illinois University on the future of education aimed at “solving [educational] problems by design competence instead of by political reform.” It was eventually published as Education Automation: Comprehensive Learning for Emergent Humanity — a prescient vision for online education decades before the web as we know it, and half a century before the golden age of MOOCs, with elements of TED and Pandora mixed in.

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Fourth Biennial Design Science Symposium

Fourth Biennial Design Science Symposium | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

The theme of this year's Biennial Symposium on Design Science is "STEM to STEAM thru Synergy: Bridging Morphology, Biomimicry, Sustainability, and Synergetics." It will be hosted by Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island from January 31 to February 2, 2014.


Confirmed presenters include:
Rosanne Somerson, Interim President, Rhode Island School of Design
Deborah A. Gist, PhD, Commissioner of Education, Rhode Island Department of Education
Dayna Baumeister, PhD, Biomimic & Co-founder Biomimicry 3.8
Dennis Bartels, Executive Director, San Francisco Exploratorium
Kavita Ramanan, PhD, Mathematician & Professor, Brown University
Lefteris Pavlides, Architect & Professor, Roger Williams University
Chris Zelov, Filmmaker & Project Director, Knossus Project
Richard Bresnahan, Master Ceramicist & Artist in Residence, St. Johns University
Eric Goetz, Marine Transportation Designer & CTO, Goetz Composites
Thomas T. K. Zung, Architect & Design Historian, Buckminster Fuller, Sadao, & Zung

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Paying Tribute to the Mad Genius of Buckminster Fuller

Paying Tribute to the Mad Genius of Buckminster Fuller | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
Some of the more outlandish ideas held by the iconic inventor and futurist are celebrated in a lovingly produced new tome by the Portland. Ore., graphic designer Cole Gerst.
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Buckminster Fuller's World: Emancipation by Design

Buckminster Fuller's World: Emancipation by Design | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

There are two sets of shots in The World of Buckminster Fuller (1971) that I keep coming back to as I think about the film. One shows Fuller holding court in a small classroom, or maybe a student lounge, with a cluster of college-aged kids sitting around him in a semi-circle, some on tables, some on the floor, some in chairs, all looking rapt. Another is from a similar scene at the University of Detroit School of Architecture. Once again, an audience of young people is crowded around the older man, listening.

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Ever Rethinking the Lord’s Prayer: Buckminster Fuller Revises Scripture with Science

Ever Rethinking the Lord’s Prayer: Buckminster Fuller Revises Scripture with Science | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

In his 1981 classic Critical Path, legendary architect, designer, inventor, theorist and futurist Buckminster Fuller explores the subject with his singular blend of philosophical fringe-think, love of science, and cosmic poetics. He recalls being heavily influenced, at the impressionable age of ten, by the Russian Revolution and the Communist party’s demolition of all mystical thought, which was forcibly replaced with blind faith in “omniscientific technology” that manifested as institutionalized atheism. Three years later, Fuller wrote Einstein’s famous “Cosmic Religious Sense — the Nonanthropomorphic Concept of God,” which pointed out that legendary scientists like Galileo and Kepler had been excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church as “heretics” for their resolute faith in the orderliness of the universe and the belief that it was driven by principles of nonathropomorphic nature — that is, no elderly gentleman with a big white beard. This, Fuller writes, shaped his thinking profoundly, so he created his own scientifically-inspired rendition of “the Lord’s Prayer,” a centerpiece of the Christian faith:

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Buckminster Fuller: A Design Science Evangelist in Minnesota

Buckminster Fuller: A Design Science Evangelist in Minnesota | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) believed design scientists, not politicians, solve problems. Or so he claimed to a standing-room only crowd at his Northrop Auditorium lecture on the University of Minnesota campus on October 1, 1973. The 78-year old Fuller had requested only a clip-on mike, a straight-back chair and that the lights be up. When Fuller finished his 90-minute, non-stop presentation, unaided by notes, more than 5,000 people gave him a standing ovation on what was called a “miscellaneous” Monday afternoon.

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Space Balls Rolling Across Titan

Space Balls Rolling Across Titan | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
One proposal that recently won funding for NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program: an idea to build a Super Ball Bot that could bound across the surface of another world, going where rovers fear to tread.
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Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion map reveals the near-contiguity of Earth's continents

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion map reveals the near-contiguity of Earth's continents | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
Most people know that Earth's landmasses once formed single supercontinent, but how said continent peeled away from itself – or the extent to which Earth's continents remain connected – is not always immediately apparent.
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The Buckminster Fuller Challenge: Call for Proposals due April 12, 2013

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge: Call for Proposals due April 12, 2013 | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge, has announced the Call for Proposals for the 2013 prize cycle. Deadline is April 12th, 5pm EST. Named "Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award" by Metropolis Magazine, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge is an annual global competition recognizing bold, creative and visionary initiatives that take a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to radically advance human well being and the health of our planet's ecosystems. As part of a rigorous review process, a distinguished jury selects a winner and awards a $100,000 prize to be conferred at an award ceremony in New York City in November. Now in it's sixth year, BFI will again award a grand prize of $100,000 to a winning entrant. New this year, BFI has created an infrastructure of support for a larger pool of entrants to gain support and grow a community in design science. Committed to accelerating the implementation of as many outstanding projects as possible, the Buckminster Fuller Institute is proud 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. Read more about their extended opportunities in the 2013 cycle, the full Call for Proposals, and apply - or nominate a project - today.

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