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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 …

ArchitectWeekly names Bill McDonough “architect of the week”

ArchitectWeekly has wrapped up its architect of the week series by honoring our founder. Here’s an excerpt– It’s that time of the week where we sit back and value the work of one inspirational architect deemed our ‘Architect of the Week.’ This week the coveted spot goes to William McDonough. William is a American architect born in Tokyo, Japan and is one of the principle founders of William McDonough and Partners. William is a specialist sustainable …

William McDonough featured in Dwell.com article, “Tracking Sustainability in Architecture”

The article includes the voices of William McDonough, Ray Kappe, Glen Small, and others on the history of sustainable architecture. Here’s an excerpt– Few architects today design without sustainability in mind. Yet for several decades in the last century, this wasn’t always the case. To tell the story of sustainable architecture today we venture first to the architecture of the postmodern era. Most successful architects of the postmodern period (which began in earnest in the 1970s) tended …

GreenSource features NASA Sustainability Base

Here’s an excerpt– In the fall of 2008, Steve Zornetzer, the associate center director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, found himself in Houston with a problem. Ames was three months in on its plans for a new office building, and Zornetzer had just scrapped the entire design. “It was a building that could have been built in 1990,” he says. “There was nothing interesting architecturally or conservationally—it was a very boring project.” Zornetzer …

GreenBiz profiles the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and “new era” of Cradle to Cradle certification

Here’s an excerpt of the GreenBiz story by Joel Makower: The venerable and rigorous Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Certified program entered a new era January 1, with a major revision that encourages continuous improvement. That’s not the only major change: The program also added the first third-party assesser, other than ones affiliated with the originators of the standard — McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) and EPEA Internationale. That company, Washington, D.C.-based consultancy ToxServices, has already signed two contracts …