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The House of Tomorrow: Buckminster Fuller and the Science of Sustainable Design

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller captured the world’s imagination with designs like the geodesic dome, but perhaps his greatest contribution was the way he thought. As a “design scientist,” he sought innovation that benefits the greatest number of people using the least amount of resources. Today’s disruptive designers are guided by the same principles, uniting science and design for a sustainable future. Join Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn, a friend of Bucky’s, for a special advance screening of her new film The House of Tomorrow (also starring Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow, and Michaela Watkins), which tells Bucky’s incredible story through two rebel teens trying to become punk gods. Following the film, moderator John Hockenberry, Ms. Burstyn, director Peter Livolsi, and winners of the prestigious “Buckminster Challenge,” will discuss how Bucky’s limitless thinking is just what we need today.

The House of Tomorrow is the recipient of a 2015 Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan Filmmaker Fund Screenplay Development Award.

This program is co-presented with the Museum of the Moving Image and Sloan Science & Film. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.


John HockenberryJournalist

Three-time Peabody Award winner, four-time Emmy Award winner, and Dateline NBC correspondent John Hockenberry has broad experience as a journalist and commentator for more than two decades. Hockenberry is the anchor of the public radio show The Takeaway on WNYC and PRI.

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Eben BayerEnvironmental Entrepreneur, Inventor

Eben Bayer uses biology to solve important environmental challenges by growing safe and healthy new materials as well as envisioning creative ways to use natural technology at industrial scales and in consumer applications.

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Ellen Burstyn
Ellen BurstynActor

Ellen Burstyn’s illustrious sixty-year acting career encompasses film, stage, and television. In 1975 she became only the third woman in history to win both the Tony Award and the Academy Award in the same year for her work in Same Time, Next Year on Broadway and in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore for which she also received a Golden Globe nomination and a British Academy Award for Best Actress.

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Peter LivolsiFilm Director

Writer and Director Peter Livolsi is a graduate of the American Film Institute and a Sundance Screenwriters Lab alum. Livolsi’s feature film debut The House of Tomorrow premiered in competition at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April 2017. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “A confident and perfectly cast debut feature.”

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Kate OrffLandscape Architect, Professor, Author

Kate Orff is the Founder of SCAPE. She focuses on retooling the practice of landscape architecture relative to the uncertainty of climate change and fostering social life which she has explored through publications, activism, research, and projects.

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