Mushroom material wins 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

By October 23, 2013 Blog, NewsBites

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced the winner of the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge and the award goes to…Ecovative, a materials science company that has developed a new class of home-compostable bio-plastics based on living organisms, mushroom mycelia. The ‘mushroom material’ was invented by Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, who will be awarded the $100,000 cash prize at a ceremony at Cooper Union in New York City on November 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

The Institute awards projects that exemplify Bucky Fuller’s famous quote: “To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

The four finalists also included two housing and design projects: Échale a tu Casa, a Social Housing Production program of Ecoblock International that provides sustainable community development through an assisted self-build housing program bringing technical assistance, social organization, training, financing and supervision to give this population at the base of the pyramid an opportunity to build their patrimony; and The Waterbank School, a transformative school design for poor regions in need of water, worldwide. Utilizing geometry, layout and materials, the school provides a sustainable supply of water and food, for the same cost as the conventional 4 classroom linear school building common throughout the developing world, while catalyzing systemic change in the community.

For more info on the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, visit the website.

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