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The McDonough Conversations: Why nature needs humans

By Joel Makower Published May 05, 2014 on GreenBiz.com The latest installment in a regular series of conversations with William McDonough (@billmcdonough), designer, architect, author and entrepreneur. View previous columns here. Joel Makower: You’ve been talking lately about the fact nature needs humans as much as humans need nature. That’s the opposite of what some conservation groups are talking about — that “humans need nature more than nature needs humans.” Bill McDonough: I’ve been thinking specifically about the collapse of the monarch butterfly. This is one …

Park 20|20, Amsterdam: Born to Be Recycled

By Lucy Scott Published May 5, 2014 in Urban Land Magazine When Coert Zachariasse made the switch from accountancy to real estate, it was because he wanted to be in an industry that was “bang in the center” of business. “The job was about looking in the rearview mirror, talking to clients about what happened last year,” he says of accounting. “All I wanted to do was to talk about what was next.” Twenty-eight years old and with a …

Designing cities and factories with urban agriculture in mind

The Netherlands offers inspiration for designers looking to create environments that harvest water, energy and nutrients by William McDonough Published April 23, 2014 in the Guardian Urban farms are transforming inner city spaces – rooftops, infrastructure, streetscapes, building skin – into generative ecologies that support the lives of people, and pollinators too. They are bringing into cities, and into plain view, the natural systems that sustain urban life. That is not new, but it is good news. Sowing seeds used …

A Green Factory to Crop Up On Chicago’s South Side

By Nicole Anderson April 18, 2014 in GreenSource While most 19th century manufacturing hubs were known for their poor working conditions, the Pullman District on Chicago’s South Side was the country’s first model industrial town designed to provide a safer and healthier environment for the Pullman sleeping company’s workers. Over a century later, Method, the green cleaning products brand, is now carrying on the District’s progressive legacy with the construction of its new 150,000-square-foot sustainable factory. The company asked …

William McDonough + Partners Team Up For Sweden Workshop

After the success of Bornholm Island Science Park and Green Solution House Conference Center, William McDonough + Partners and 3XN teamed up again for a three-day workshop event in March. Held in Ronneby, Sweden the teams were invited to collectively brainstorm ideas for the new centrally located urban area, known as the Kilen project.  The other participating teams were Liag, Bureau B + B, Except from Holland and ALoCo Arkitektbyrå, Torsten Sack-Nielsen/Aarhus Arkitektskole, Heidi Merrild, Tyréns …

William McDonough + Partners Design Method’s First U.S. Manufacturing Facility

Plant Models a Clean Industrial Revolution in Chicago’s South Side Chicago, IL – March 4, 2014 –Environmentally conscious cleaning products company Method is presenting the details of its new state-of-the-art production facility in Chicago’s historic Pullman community. The design, from William McDonough’s design firm, William McDonough + Partners, is unveiled today at an event in Chicago with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The development marks the company’s first U.S.-based production facility and will showcase the company’s dedication to sustainability …

The McDonough Conversations: A change of climate at Davos

By Joel Makower Published February 27, 2014 on GreenBiz.com This is the latest in a periodic series of one-on-one interviews with William McDonough(@billmcdonough), renowned designer, architect,author and entrepreneur, looking into his rich, kaleidoscopic professional world. McDonough has been at the forefront of many of sustainability’s most important trends: green buildings, closed-loop systems and Cradle to Cradle design, among others. This installment focuses on the recent World Economic Forum conference in Davos. You can read the first two installments here and here. I’ll be checking in with McDonough …

Design to Make the World Better Than It Was Before

William McDonough was mentioned in this Huffington Post article this week: by: Alexander Collot d’Escury Design and innovation are at the heart of the circular economy – a restorative approach to economic activity that could transform our future. Instead of continuing with the linear model – shaped by the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century – in which goods are made from newly extracted finite natural materials, used and then mostly thrown away, there is another way. It is not …