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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 …

William McDonough spoke at recent the Wall Street Journal’s ECOnomics

Here’s an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal article about William McDonough’s appearance and remarks at the Wall Street Journal’s ECOnomics conference– McDonough: “You need a much bigger plan when you approach a green building. I got a call a while ago to design a new motorcycle factory in India. I put the building’s structure on the outside, and used it to accommodate solar collectors and greenhouses. All of a sudden, we’re designing a million square feet …

Metropolis magazine’s Martin Pedersen takes a stand for Make It Right in New Orleans

Martin Pedersen’s blog post in Metropolis POV on Make It Right, in response to the recent New Republic piece… here’s an excerpt: “The New Republic recently posted a piece on Make It Right entitled “If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come,” accompanied by the provocative, Google-friendly subhead: “Brad Pitt’s beautiful houses are a drag on New Orleans.” The author, Lydia DePillis, argues that the project, however well meaning, has diverted resources that could be better …

Urban Land story features NASA Sustainability Base

Here’s an excerpt: In the 1960s, the London-based avant-garde architectural group Archigram envisioned a new era of technology-infused architecture. They dreamed up robotic cities that could walk around, and cities in which cranes hoisted living spaces and plugged them into an existing framework structure as needed. While the group’s utopian visions have not come to pass, architects, engineers, and manufacturers continue to experiment with new technical strategies to enhance the ways buildings look and function. In the …

William McDonough will be featured speaker at California Academy Big Bang event on April 18

The California Academy of Sciences will host its 27th annual Big Bang Gala on April 18, 2013. Attendees will mingle with visionary leaders in environmental conservation and sustainability, critical topics at the core of the Academy’s mission, while reveling in a sensational atmosphere set inside the greenest museum on the planet. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm, followed by guests’ choice of two Insightful Conversations. The Art and Science of Chasing Ice …

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute team up with Make It Right to issue a Product Innovation Challenge

Here’s a press release from the Institute about an exciting design challenge: Design Challenge: Prize Offers $250, 000 to Spur Product Innovation We’re looking to the design community to help make high-quality, healthy homes available for everyone. To help inspire innovation in developing healthy building materials for communities in need, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Make It Right is issuing a Product Innovation Challenge. We’re encouraging manufacturers to design goods for the affordable …

Dwell.com on the state of sustainable design, including comments from David Johnson

Luanne Bradley follows up her previous piece, which looked at the roots of sustainable design, with a look at the current state of the field. Her report includes reference to, quotes from, and work by William McDonough + Partners, Lake|Flato, and others, with quotes from David Johnson. It’s called Sustainable Strides in Today’s Architecture: “Having explored issues of sustainability in the postmodern era, we turn to the measurable strides evident in today’s best modern architecture.” Read …