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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 …

Listen to McDonough on KQED’s Forum April 18

We’re delighted to announce that William McDonough spoke with KQED’s Michael Krasny for the 10am Pacific hour of Thursday April 18’s show. He talked about the new book, co-authored by McDonough with Michael Braungart during a week of events in the Bay Area. Listen to an archive of the broadcast here.

New Scientist magazine covers William McDonough’s living archive–a collaboration with Stanford University Libraries

Here’s an excerpt– You are the subject of Stanford University’s first living archive. What does that involve? Most of my meetings and speeches are being filmed and phone conversations recorded. They are dated and archived along with tweets and emails, as well as physical drawings and records. We are trying to design the process so that my creative work is not disrupted. A guy in the office next to mine takes care of the technology, records and …

Scientific American excerpts the new McDonough / Braungart book: The Upcycle

From Scientific American– Can Soil Replace Oil as a Source of Energy? [Excerpt] William McDonough and Michael Braungart suggest moving beyond sustainability and into practical design that can result in energy abundance by William McDonough and Michael Braungart Excerpted from The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Copyright © April 16, 2013, North Point Press. Food as a battery—that is what we would like you now to consider. But before we get to the full …

NASA Sustainability Base honored with Silicon Valley Award

NASA’s Ames Research Center recently was recognized for its exemplary sustainable business practices by one of San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental non-profits, Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet. Ames received the 2013 Business Environmental Award in the category of ‘Sustainable Built Environment’ for its high-performing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum facility, named Sustainability Base. The research center will be honored at the 2013 Business Environmental Awards Reception on Thursday, …

The William McDonough Living Archive at Stanford, covered in The New York Times

The New York Times’s David Streitfeld wrote about the Stanford University Libraries’ Living Archive collaboration with William McDonough, in a piece titled “The Era of Deep Archiving Begins.” Here’s an excerpt: As a Dartmouth student in the early 1970s, William McDonough went, somewhat casually, to hear a lecture by a visiting celebrity. Mr. McDonough had little idea beforehand who Buckminster Fuller was, but listening to the designer and futurist had a long-term effect. Mr. McDonough was late and …

David Johnson will speak at the International Concrete Sustainability Conference in May

In May in San Francisco, William McDonough + Partners’ David Johnson, partner and managing director, will speak at the International Concrete Sustainability Conference. He will talk about NASA Sustainability Base, a LEED Platinum-rated federal facility that embodies that aim of continuous improvement. As our client says: “This 50,000 square-foot, lunar-shaped building ‘knows’ exactly how much energy each occupant uses and can adapt to weather, season and occupancy. Sustainability Base was awarded LEED platinum certification because it …