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The Upcycle, the new book by McDonough and Braungart, due out April 16

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, one of the most consequential ecological manifestos of our time. Evocative and provocative as ever, William McDonough and Michael Braungart imagine how human society might, at last, begin to rewrite its role in the history of the natural world. In The Upcycle, the best-selling authors offer numerous fascinating scenarios in which humans transcend the role of mere stewards of …

SF Chronicle on the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute gala, honoring William McDonough

The San Francisco Chronicle covered the November 14 Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute gala… here’s an excerpt: About 450 guests from the business and entertainment worlds attended the fundraiser, which featured Susan Sarandon as emcee, a short concert by “Twilight” actor Mia Maestro, and several videos in which activists and business leaders extolled McDonough’s virtues, including singer Will.i.am, who drew laughs by nicknaming the honoree “Bill.i.am.” McDonough’s Yale college chum, Meryl Streep, gave a heartfelt, personal …

USGBC posts videos from Greenbuild 2012 … check out William McDonough’s Master Series conversation with Scot Horst

Did you miss the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Expo this year, or miss out on a few of the speakers? You can now find videos from some of the key presentations online at this linke. William McDonough had a strong presence at Greenbuild 2012, as we’ve noted in this space. His Master Series: Performance, Outcome, Applause featured a conversation between him and USGBC’s Scot Horst. You can find that video here. After the new year, we’ll …

Urban Land story features Park 20|20’s Fox Vakanties

A recent Urban Land story about green offices completed in the last five years features one of the latest Park 20|20 features; here’s an excerpt… Since the economic downturn hit in 2008, the pace of office building construction has slowed considerably, which translates to fewer new buildings that exemplify cutting-edge sustainable design. But while many companies have been pursuing renovations or energy retrofits, others have consolidated offices or accommodated growth with highly energy-efficient and resource-conserving …

What’s a Yerdle?

Yerdle is the brainchild of Adam Werbach, chairman of consulting and communications firm Saatchi & Saatchi S. (as well as a former 23-year-old president of the Sierra Club), and Andy Ruben, formerly the chief sustainability officer at Walmart. Our founder, William McDonough, supports the Yerdle concept, which is dedicated to helping people think about how they acquire and use things and how they can shepherd those things into additional use cycles. Here’s an excerpt about the …

Now online: William McDonough’s Studio C interview at VERGE@Greenbuild

As we’ve reported in this space previously, our founder shared the stage for a keynote panel at VERGE@Greenbuild on November 13; he spoke about the future of cities and sustainable growth trends for buildings and infrastructure with Greenbiz’s Joel Makower, Recology’s Mike SanGiacomo, and Cherokee Investment’s Tom Darden. That same day, he sat down for a Studio C interview with Greenbiz’s John Davies, and it’s now online: See the video at this link.

Stanford University Libraries acquire the archives of William McDonough; together they will create a new kind of “living archive”

Here’s an excerpt from the Stanford News, November 15: …. Now the man who has been called the leading environmental architect of our time will be donating his extensive archive and professional papers to Stanford University Libraries. Roberto Trujillo, head of the libraries’ Special Collections, hailed McDonough’s partnership with Stanford as a new kind of “living archive”: “We see the possibility to capture not just the writings and artifacts but the activities and conversations of a designer …

YES! magazine talks to William McDonough and Janine Benyus about learning from nature

Sven Eberlein authored a piece for YES! magazine, posted November 19: From Soap to Cities, Designing From Nature Could Solve Our Biggest Challenges: Can a boat be designed to clean the water? How does a spider manufacture resilient fiber? We need products that don’t harm us or the environment, and nature’s already done the research. Here’s an excerpt: Imagine this assignment, says Bill McDonough in a TED talk: Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, converts nitrogen …