The annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge, now in its sixth year, will award a grand prize of $100,000 to a winning entrant, as well as partnerships new for 2013 that will recognize finalists for their solutions and provide an infrastructure of support to accelerate the implementation of ideas based in design science.
"In the first five years of the Challenge, we awarded projects ranging from ecological restoration in the coal country of Appalachia, the re-design of urban mobility, reversing desertification in Africa, repairing coastal marine environments, and rethinking building performance," commented Elizabeth Thompson, executive director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
"These diverse projects shared a common core - a solution based on a whole systems design approach to problem solving."
Created to celebrate the spirit of visionary Buckminster Fuller's design principles, and identify contemporary examples of his concept of comprehensive design thinking, the Challenge has the distinction of being the only prize of its size calling for whole systems design approaches to solving world problems.
The 2013 cycle will open for entrants on March 1, 2013. The deadline for submissions is April 12, 2013.