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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 …

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 …