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May 26-30: Amsterdam/Haarlemmermeer Focal Point of William McDonough + GIOS Sustainability Discussion

This spring, William McDonough will be attending the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) conference in the Netherlands as a member of the ASU Board of Directors for Sustainability. The conference will focus on challenges of sustainable-urbanization, and rally ideas for resolutions. The Arizona State University Global Sustainability Solutions Center at Haarlemmermeer first announced its partnership back in September.  The partnership was established to analyze Park 20|20, the Netherlands’ first Cradle to Cradle®-inspired development.  The human-centered design strategy behind Park 20|20, is …

William McDonough: 6 ways to move beyond zero-waste

By Nikki Gloudeman Published February 07, 2014 on Greenbiz.com “Why make something you can’t sell?” This is the question William McDonough posited about waste during the 2014 Executive Sustainability Forum webcast, hosted on GreenBiz and presented Jan. 30 by Waste Management. Traditionally, businesses have strived to reduce or eliminate the waste they produce. But McDonough, influential designer, architect, entrepreneur and co-author of “Cradle to Cradle” and “The Upcycle,” thinks this is missing the point. Zero waste is “like going nowhere,” he said. Instead, the focus should …

William McDonough Development Project Lures Dropbox

  Kilroy Realty Corporation announced the signing of a 12-year lease with Dropbox, a cloud storage and file-syncing company, for the 333 Brannan Street office property, designed by William McDonough.  Located in San Francisco’s historic South of Market district, the 182,200 square foot property is currently in its second month of construction.  The 333 Brannan Street property is targeted to earn LEED® Platinum certification.  Additionally, the property will also encompass William McDonough’s Cradle to Cradle® principles into the design of …

William McDonough speaks at the United Nations

On January 8, 2014, William McDonough joined a panel at the United Nations for the 6th Meeting, Seventh Session of the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. McDonough is the first of 3 panellists, opening the session at 0:03:00. He contributes to the discussion throughout, with closing remarks at 1:35:40. Watch the United Nations webcast here. The panel was followed by interactive exchange of views on “Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste)” Panellists Mr. William McDonough, Founder, William McDonough …

Google selects the William McDonough + Partners’ designed Porta Nuova Isola for its Italian offices

Milan, January 8th 2014 – Hines Italia SGR, a leader in the management of Italian and international real estate funds, announced today that Google has signed a 5,000-square-meter (53,800-square-foot) lease for its Italian offices at Porta Nuova, the Hines mixed-use development in Milan. Google will consolidate its Italian operation in the Porta Nuova Isola building, an 11-story, 10,000-square-meter (107,600-square-foot) office building that is part of Porta Nuova, one of the largest urban redevelopments in Europe. With the …

William McDonough + Partners’ latest project breaks ground at 333 Brannan Street

San Francisco, CA – December 19, 2013 – William McDonough + Partners designs 333 Brannan to deliver a South of Market appeal while offering all of the advantages of new, green, energy efficient modern office space for Kilroy Realty Corporation. Today, Mayor Ed Lee joined the breaking-ground ceremony to kickoff construction for the 180,000 square foot, which will offer six levels of office space, ground floor retail, and a roof garden. William McDonough + Partners is designing 333 Brannan to …

The McDonough Conversations: From Clinton to Gore and beyond

Excerpt from Joel Makower’s recent interview with William McDonough 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. (You can read the first installment here.) I’ll be checking in with McDonough periodically to hear what he’s working on …

‘Upcycling’ business: honouring nature while meeting society’s needs

A new fellowship seeks to bring young designers and engineers together to reinvent the economy with a sustainable philosophy by William McDonough, published in the Guardian December 6, 2013 In a watershed event in the emergence of the circular economy, hundreds of business leaders, educators and entrepreneurs joined to celebrate the launch of The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship. The fellowship is an international postgraduate programme on the circular economy, pairing students and academics from leading universities in Europe, India and the US …