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2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 2 - 9pm

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Free and open to the public

Celebrate this year's Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner and leading pioneers in the fields of sustainable architecture, innovative marine management and renewable energy practices. An afternoon of design solution presentations and a roundtable discussion with renowned leaders in whole systems design begins at 2 PM.  Ecological design pioneer, Dr. John Todd will deliver the keynote address at the award ceremony beginning at 6:30. A celebratory rooftop reception will follow.

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge (now in its fifth year) celebrates innovation and creativity that takes a whole-systems approach to design. The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design shares this approach and places whole-systems thinking at the core of its philosophy. To that end, this event will inaugurate a formal partnership between the Buckminster Fuller Institute and the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Collaboration between these groups will allow us to co-promote a series of lectures, share resources and ideas, inspire our communities, and streamline our efforts as we work together toward our common vision of a sustainable future.


Wednesday, June 6th 2012 at 2:00pm
41 Cooper Square NY, NY 10003

2:00 - 3:30pm Finalist Presentations
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, LL1

Elizabeth Thompson | Executive Director, BFI
Jason Mclennan | Living Building Challenge
Janice Perlman | Mega Cities
Helen and Newton Harrison | Harrison Studio
Cheryl Dahle | Future of Fish

3:30 - 3:45pm Break
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Exhibition Foyer, LL1

3:45 - 5:30pm Roundtable Discussion
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium

Lydia Kallipolitti | Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design
Kenny Ausubel | Bioneers
Cheryl Dahle | Future of Fish
Helen and Newton Harrison | Harrison Studio
Jason Mclennan | Living Building Challenge
Janice Perlman | Mega Cities
David Turnbull | Professor of Architecture, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

5:30 - 6:30pm Break and Tour of 41 Cooper Square
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Exhibition Foyer, LL1

6:30 - 8:00pm Award Ceremony with Key Note speaker Dr. John Todd
William Germano | Dean Humanities & Social Sciences | The Cooper Union
Anthony Vidler | Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture| The Cooper Union
David McConnville | President of BFI
Kenny Ausubel | co-founder the Bioneers
Janice Perlman | Mega-Cities Project

8:00 - 9:00pm
Alumni Roof Terrace, 8th Floor

Seating is first come, first served.

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For more information about this event, contact Patrick Robbins,; 917-364-7461 OR Sharifah Taqi,, 718- 290-9283.

This event is organized by the Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design in collaboration with The Buckminster Fuller Institute.



Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • 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.