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Metropolis talks to Tom Darden III about Make It Right’s progress and goals in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward

In 2006, William McDonough joined Brad Pitt in an ambitious pro bono project in New Orleans, and today the Make It Right Foundation is progressing steadily toward its ambitious goals and working with architects from around the world to create Cradle to Cradle inspired, affordable, healthy, and LEED Platinum homes for this community. Metropolis magazine’s Martin Pedersen talks with Make It Right’s Tom Darden… Here’s the intro– On my second week in New Orleans, on a sweltering …

NASA Sustainability Base featured on Forbes.com

Forbes.com calls it NASA’s New Sensor-Driven, Ultra Green Building. NASA calls it Sustainability Base, and our visioinary client and the design team, which we led, like to call it “NASA’s first Space Station on Earth.” Here’s an excerpt from the Kerry Dolan’s article– A sleek new building at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. is one any rocket scientist would love. When it warms up outside, humans won’t have to be the ones to open …

“Imagine Catalina” Charts Course for the Future of Catalina Island

We have enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Catalina Island Conservancy as they plan for the immediate and long-term future for the island. What an honor to work with an amazing group and bring Cradle to Cradle thinking to their effort to preserve and celebrate this special place. The results of this phase of work are now being announced. From the Conservancy’s release: In 2011, the Conservancy embarked on what officials call “one of …

UVA Darden School of Business Jefferson Innovation Summit releases Seven Principles for innovation and entrepreneurship

Last fall, William McDonough took part in a high-level gathering at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business: The Jefferson Innovation Summit. Now that group has released its recommendations to the public. According to the release– In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, gathered at the university he founded, business leaders, elected officials and educators have staked their names to a new Declaration setting forth seven principles to guide the development of more innovative and entrepreneurial …

Karin Kloosterman recommends Cradle to Cradle in Huffington Post on books for the holidays

In a recent Huffington Post, Karin Kloosterman calls out Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things as one of her top five green books for the holidays. She writes: “This book by William McDonough and Michael Braungart published in 2002 is so critical to understanding sustainability in America that you’ll be lost if you don’t know what this book is about. Yes, you already know about recycling, but what about upcycling, or designing things …

NASA wins national CEIL honors for Sustainability Base, its Space Station on Earth

Congratulations to our client, NASA Ames Research Center, especially Pete Worden and Steve Zornetzer, and their teams who have brought the vision for Sustainability Base to reality. The Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership announced the winners of the second annual CEIL Awards. The awards recognize military and federal, teams and programs that have demonstrated exemplary performance in integrating environmental stewardship into day-to-day activities. Awards highlight excellence in developing and implementing innovative environmental programs …

FIFPro House set to break ground at Park 20|20

On December 14, the Cradle to Cradle inspired Park 20|20 development in Amsterdam, will celebrate the groundbreaking of the FIFPro House. As the worldwide representative union for all professional soccer players, FIFPro’s global reach and the cultural diversity of its members have inspired the dynamic design for a new headquarters building located at Park 20|20 in the Netherlands. Shaped by a solar shade canopy, a monumental glass entry volume visually connects and activates interior public …

More coverage of NASA Sustainability Base: Check out the Earth Day book, Lessons Learned

LESSONS LEARNED, Volume 7, was published this fall and distributed at the USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference. A feature article in the book, is “NASA Sustainability Base: Proving the Power of the Positive,” which covers this new project, which was under construction at the time of this story. Here’s an excerpt: Once in a while, collaboration between a design team and owner hits a sweet spot and the results can be magical. It was clear from the outset …