"Living Building" project won Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Tamera got third place

Tamera's model of Water Retention Landscape received the "Honorable Mention" in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge which means it got the third place out of 150.

Two representatives from Tamera, Aida Shibli (Palestine) and Uri Ayalon (Israel) who studied and lived in Tamera in the last 5 years took part in the award ceremony in New York. Aida and Uri came to New York for a fundraising tour for supporting the next phase of realisation of the Peace Research Village Middle East. The motto of the project in the middle East is inspired by the famous sentence of the inventor and futurist Buckminster Fuller: "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete". They report the day of ceremony as "an inspiring cross road of people and projects dealing with the issues of: system change, de-centralised models and the connection between inner and outer change".

The prize, 100,000 Dollars, went to: "Living Building" project which according to the jury "defines the highest possible level of environmental performance, envisioning a built environment that is fully integrated with its ecosystem. It pushes the building industry to re-imagine business as usual, and it transforms building occupants from passive consumers into active stewards of increasingly scarce resources".


The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is the premier global competition recognizing initiatives that take a comprehensive, anticipatory, design approach to radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. It is a program of The Buckminster Fuller Institute which aims to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are leading the creation of an abundant world economy that benefits all humanity.


Photo by Sean Walsh, courtesy of The Buckminster Fuller Institute.