Sustainable Design is top of mind these days but it is still a topic that can be hard to follow as it is not exactly something that often makes the nightly news. While searching for images and copy about Buckminster Fuller yesterday (I am working on a poster about him at the moment) and stumbled across the Sustainable Design Update blog. Fuller was a pioneer not only in thinking and engineering towards sustainable design but also in raising the topic at a time when it was barely a consideration. Fuller has been a big influence in how I think about my life and an inspiration in how I gauge my pursuits. Of course he surfaces as a topic from time to time on the Sustainable Design blog because of his unique place in the history of the subject. If you don’t know about Fuller, he is someone you should look up.

Fuller aside, the blog has a wealth of great information on the current developments in sustainable design. It is really great to see someone out there taking the time to track down all of the relevant information and synthesize it somewhere that people can keep tabs on it. Topics ranging from biodegradable plastics made from corn syrup to alternative energy sources like hydrogen gas make for a great and always interesting if not inspirational read. I highly recommend visiting it and supporting it in any way you can.

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One Response to “Sustainable Design Update”

  1. CJ Fearnley Says:

    One of my favorite Buckminster Fuller quotes is “human beings, tiny though we are, are here for all the local-Universe information-harvesting and cosmic-principle-discovering, objective tool-inventing, and local-environment-controlling as local Universe problem-solvers in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe.”

    That phrase “in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe” is, to my ears, much more comprehensive than “sustainability”. What all people, not just environmental specialists, have yet to appreciate is that we must regenerate Universe not just sustain for a generation or two. We need regenerative processes where all pollutants are harvested as resources to form the input for the next industrial cycle. It will not be sufficient to just sustain the planet a little bit: we have to manage the whole industrial ecosystem as part of eternally regenerative Universe or become extinct in the process.

    Buckminster Fuller’s largest book, Synergetics, provides an introduction to the thinking process needed to understand how to solve problems in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe. It is, in my view, the critical resource needed to truly sustain our Universe.

    CJ Fearnley
    Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science Revolutionary

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