Announcing a Collaborative Partnership between the Institute for Sustainable Design and the Buckminster Fuller Institute

March 26, 2013

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The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design is extremely pleased to announce that it has begun a collaborative programming partnership with the Buckminster Fuller Institute. The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions for the most pressing problems facing humanity and the planet, and it pursues this goal through a variety of programs that encourage the collaboration and cross-pollination of different disciplines.

Collaboration between the two institutes is a very natural fit. Both are engaged in the work of advancing human well-being, fostering the health of our planet’s ecosystems, designing practical strategies to ensure that our social systems and ecosystems strengthen one another, and showcasing work that details the connection between environmental sustainability and collective intelligence. This partnership will allow both institutes to pursue their missions with greater intensity, consideration, and connections to on-the-ground developments in the field of sustainable design.

We are happy to be embarking on this collaboration and look forward to what will undoubtedly be its socially beneficial and intellectually broadening results. We look forward to seeing you at our events!

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.