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Organic Connections features William McDonough

Excerpt: William McDonough: Designing for Abundance Architect and author William McDonough has been rec­og­nized by Time mag­a­zine as “Hero for the Planet,” and his best-selling 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things broke ground and became a sem­i­nal guide for the sus­tain­abil­ity move­ment. His career is filled with such firsts: While a stu­dent at Yale University, he designed and built the very first solar-heated home. The first green office in the US—for the Environmental Defense Fund—was designed …

Inhabitat Interview with William McDonough

Excerpt: INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough INHABITAT: What inspired you to write ‘Cradle to Cradle’ (the book) and launch the Cradle to Cradle system? William McDonough: From an early age, I was fascinated by differing attitudes towards resources. Growing up in Japan and Hong Kong, I was given my first look at complete material cycles, where waste becomes food, and resources like water are limited and precious. This contrasted greatly with the wastefulness …

Make It Right in Montana

ArchDaily reports on a new Make It Right endeavor: Make It Right Announces New Efforts on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana The Make It Right organization, Brad Pitt’s LEED and Cradle-to-Cradle inspired efforts to bring sustainable homes to communities in need, is probably best known for its much publicized work in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in the post-Hurrican Katrina climate.  But the breadth of this organization’s work stretches beyond this community rebuilding project.  Make It Right (MIR) has …

FORTUNE’s Brian Dumaine on The Upcycle

It’s Time to Rethink Recycling: Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart are refining the ideas they set out in their seminal work, Cradle to Cradle. Here’s an excerpt from Brian Dumaine’s article for Fortune about The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability–Designing for Abundance: In 2002, the renowned green architect Bill McDonough and his German business partner, Michael Braungart, an environmental chemist and former Greenpeace activist, wrote the groundbreaking book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. …

Innovation in EU: Park 20|20 and Cradle to Cradle

We are proud that Elaine Hsieh, Program Director and Senior Analyst for VERGE, the GreenBiz program, is calling out leadership and innovation in Europe–including the Park 20|20 development, our project for Delta Development. This is the first Cradle to Cradle inspired development to be realized at this scale. We have been honored to have the opportunity to work with Delta and all the owners at this project. Here’s an excerpt from Hsieh’s article at GreenBiz.com– “In addition, a new …

FIFPro grand opening at Park 20|20

FIFPro’s new headquarters facility at Park 20|20, designed by William McDonough + Partners, celebrated its grand opening yesterday. Here’s a translated excerpt from AD.nl: Didier Drogba opened the new office of the international players’ union Monday in Hoofddorp by kicking a ball through a papered window at FIFPro House. About 300 guests witnessed. Among them many officials, as well as footballers including Ajax and Feyenoord. The Dutchman Theo van Seggelen is the general secretary of FIFPro. The new headquarters is near Schiphol. Read the …

Jetson Green features NASA Sustainability Base

Here’s an excerpt from Jetson Green: New NASA Base Shapes the Future of Green Building Technology The new NASA Sustainability Base was designed by William McDonough + Partners to embody the spirit of NASA while fostering collaboration, supporting health and well-being, and exceed the requirements of LEED® Platinum with systems that will eventually use only renewable energy and closed-loop water maintenance facilities. An exoskeleton approach provides for structural stability during seismic events, facilitates glare-free daylighting and shading, natural ventilation and …

The Guardian on The Upcycle

The Guardian’s Jim Witkin published an interview with William McDonough this week. Excerpt: Upcycling: making design effective, sustainable and values-driven Emphasis should shift from minimising negative footprints, to designing for a beneficial footprint McDonough says some low-energy bulbs shouldn’t be seen as effective because they contain toxins like mercury, making it difficult to recycle them. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Designer, adviser and author William McDonough wants us to think differently about how we design our products, buildings and urban environments. McDonough, who often …