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EARTH DAYS: Time for an ecological century

Here’s an excerpt from the Earth Day piece by William McDonough and Wendy Schmidt in HuffingtonPost Green: Earth Days: Time for an ecological century? Since its debut 43 years ago, Earth Day has become the largest civic observance on the planet, celebrated by more than one billion people in 192 countries. Organized in 1970 to draw attention to environmental problems in the United States, it now expresses a global desire to not simply sustain existing patterns of …

May 13: FIFPro to open at Park 20|20

FIFPro’s new headquarters facility at Park 20|20, designed by William McDonough + Partners, will open on May 13, 2013. The football unions federation represents more than 60,000 professional footballers worldwide as well as national unions such as in the Netherlands de Vereniging van Contractspelers (VVCS). In addition it works in close contact with FIFA, UEFA and the European Commission. Where the interests of players are concerned (with regard to legal, political or labour issues), they rely …

Bluewater breaks ground at Park 20|20

Bluewater Energy Services, a leading Dutch engineering firm, chose the Cradle to Cradle-inspired Park 20|20 development as the home for its new headquarters. Designed by William McDonough + Partners, the 8,000 square meter building will consolidate approximately 600 employees in one facility, creating an inspirational workplace that supports collaboration, well-being and productivity. The facility broke ground on April 17. Learn more about this project here.

The Upcycle #1 on USA Today’s 12 intriguing new environmental books

Excerpt: How bad is climate change? What’s the best future source of energy? Why did media mogul Ted Turner and actor Ted Danson become activists? Computers built to be disassembled, highway fences that collect solar energy or carpets that clean the air. These are examples of “upcycling” that American architect William McDonough says may help save the world. In his optimistic new book, he and co-author Michael Braungart, a German chemist, see nearly endless possibilities for how forward-thinking …

Marin Independent Journal reviews McDonough’s speech at San Domenico School

William McDonough kicked off the release of The Upcycle with a speech at the San Domenico School on Wednesday April 17. Here is an excerpt from the Marin Independent Journal: As architect and sustainability pioneer William McDonough signed copies of his latest book, “The Upcycle,” two deer strode through the grass just a few yards behind him, visible through the windows of San Domenico School’s Hall of the Arts on Wednesday. The San Anselmo campus seemed a fitting …

Fast Company’s Co.Exist reviews The Upcycle

Excerpt from the article by Ariel Schwartz: William McDonough’s newest book picks up where his groundbreakingCradle to Cradle left off, advocating that we continue to revolutionize our business practices to make them as sustainable as possible, while still making things we want to use. This week, architect William McDonough released his first book in over a decade: The Upcycle. Considering the impact that his last book had on the world of sustainable design, we should all pay attention. William McDonough has …

Inhabitat.com reviews The Upcycle

Excerpt: When Cradle to Cradle was introduced in 2002 it helped spur a revolution in manufacturing design, in which—in certain industries—it became unacceptable to load homes and offices with toxins, and in turn encouraged the use of safer products that are eventually broken down to become the source materials for new products. Braungart and McDonough envisioned that the reuse of the materials would actually improve their quality chemically as less toxic products are “upcycled,” rather than degraded and difficult …

GreenBiz.com: Makower + McDonough on The Upcycle

By Joel Makower Published April 15, 2013 Excerpt from GreenBiz.com: This week marks the publication of The Upcycle:Beyond Sustainability — Designing for Abundance, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. It’s their first book since their 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, a bestseller that helped change the conversation about designing and manufacturing, envisioning a closed-loop system where every material was returned to the soil, or back into the manufacturing process with no harm or loss of quality. The Upcycle takes …