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NASA Sustainability Base wins Good Design is Good Business Award

What can a federal agency teach the private sector? Good design is good business. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — William McDonough + Partners is pleased to announce that Sustainability Base, the facility it designed for the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, has been named a Good Design is Good Business award winner by Architectural Record magazine. For 17 years, the magazine has honored a select group of projects whose intentions and results prove the …

Building for a Better World and Making People Smile

By William McDonough and Coert Zachariasse Published in Newsweek, June 5, 2014 In 2004, American architect and sustainability pioneer William McDonough met the Dutch developer Coert Zachariasse of Delta Development. Together, they brought forth Park 20|20, the first Cradle to Cradle®-inspired development in the world, located outside of Amsterdam. Cradle to Cradle posits that mankind can have a positive, restorative, beneficial impact on the environment—that we can strive for something better than just reaching “zero.” Newsweek asked McDonough and Zachariasse to discuss the …

B/S/H/ Inspiration House featured on AECCafe

By Sumit Singhal Published on AECCafe, May 13, 2014 B/S/H/ Inspiration House, Park 20|20 in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands by William McDonough + Partners Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte (B/S/H/) is home to five of the top brands in household appliances – Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, Neff and Constructa – in the first building completed at Park 20|20. Designed as a flexible, innovative workplace, B/S/H/ includes a full-height atria with a Living Green Wall and Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) roof that maximizes energy and daylighting to showrooms …

UNVEILED> 333 BRANNAN STREET

By George Calys Published in The Architect’s Newspaper, May 9, 2014 William McDonough & Partners designs a green home for Dropbox. COURTESY WILLIAM McDONOUGH + PARTNERS 333 Brannan Street Architect: William McDonough & Partners Client: Dropbox Location: San Francisco Completion: Summer 2015 Leading green architecture firm William McDonough & Partners has designed an ultra-sustainable office building for cloud storage company Dropbox. Located at 333 Brannan Street in San Francisco, the facility is at the heart of the city by the bay’s South of Market “ecodistrict.” Passive energy saving tactics include …

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 …