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Congratulations to our client, B/S/H on the opening of its new home, Inspiration House, at Park 20|20

William McDonough + Partners is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new Bosch Siemens HOME (B/S/H) office building—The Inspiration House—which is part of Delta Development’s Park 20|20 in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, the country’s first Cradle to Cradle®-inspired development. Cradle to Cradle is a positive approach to design based on nature’s principles that was developed by American architect William McDonough and German chemist Dr. Michael Braungart in their 2002 book, Cradle to Cradle: …

Congratulations to our client, NASA, for its White House award for innovation

NASA is one of six recently announced 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award winners. The awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama’s Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. In 2009, President Obama challenged the Federal Government to lead by example by becoming leaner, greener and more efficient. He asked agencies and departments to become more energy efficient, reduce waste and water use, and use its purchasing power as the largest …

Environmental Design + Construction features American University project by WM+P

We’re so pleased that Environmental Design + Construction is showcasing a recent William McDonough + Partners project in this feature article authored by our own Katherine Grove, AIA. Here’s an excerpt: How can a building project on a Washington, D.C., college campus embody the values of global peace and social justice embraced by those who work, learn and teach there? This core question guided the vision for the new home of the School of International Service at …

In The Atlantic this month: architecture professor Ed Orlowski on the future of green, including a nod to William McDonough

Here’s an excerpt from this article from The Atlantic: An associate professor of architecture at Lawrence Technological University, Edward Orlowski teaches what he once practiced with Luckenbach | Ziegelman as a licensed architect in the state of Michigan. In addition to his work at LTU, Orlowski serves as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter, the American Institute of Architects, and other organizations. Here, Orlowski discusses how sustainable architecture needs to be …

As we hit 7 billion: the Global Footprint Network cites Cradle to Cradle strategies

An excerpt: Humanity has reached a new milestone as we hit 7 billion. Never before have there been 7 billion people on planet earth, all at the same time. As we welcome the 7th billion global inhabitant, we also acknowledge the challenges we will face due to a burgeoning population explosion, resource depletion, food and water scarcity and overcrowded cities. This is especially true at a time when humanity as a whole is already using the …

Upcoming next year: Rio+20 Summit

William McDonough attended the Rio Summit in 1992, and next year will be the Rio+20 Summit… as well as the 20th anniversary of the writing of the Hannover Principles. These principles have guided the sustainability movement in many ways, and we’ll be celebrating them in a variety of ways. Stay tuned…

Coming up in 2012: Rio+20 Earth Summit, and the 20th anniversary of the seminal Hannover Principles

In 1992, William McDonough represented architects and the American Institute of Architects at the Rio Earth Summit, at which Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration were signed. At that time, McDonough and Michael Braungart wrote the Hannover Principles (published in book form the next year), to be presented at the Hannover World Expo in 2000. Learn about Agenda 21 here. Learn about the Rio Declarationhere. Learn about the Rio+20 Earth Summit here. From the Earth Summit site: The world is …

ENR California honors NASA Sustainability Base with a “best green building” award

ENR California has announced the 34 winners of the 2011 Best Projects awards. For the first time, projects this year were also submitted from Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska to ENR California’s competition. Judges picked a top winner in each category, along with Award of Merit winners in many of the categories. More information about each of these projects will be included in the December 5 issue of ENR California. Also, these projects and the teams that …