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Construction continues at Karachi School of Business & Leadership

We are so pleased to be working with the Dawood Foundation on the Karachi School for Business & Leadership in Pakistan. This newly established business school in Pakistan takes ethics as a generating theme for the educational curriculum. Consequently, the building was designed to reinforce the idea of integration between the human and natural environment; embodying concepts of environmental responsibility and sustainability. Located in an urban setting near other institutions of higher education, the building will …

Michael Braungart talks about how Cradle to Cradle thinking can change the world

Here’s an excerpt from a new blog Q&A by Joanne Furio with Dr. Michael Braungart, the German chemist who co-created Cradle to Cradle with William McDonough. “Eco-effective products and their processes should not only “do no harm,” but actually benefit the environment, people and the economy. That uncompromising design philosophy was outlined by Michael Braungart, the German chemist, and William McDonough, the American architect, in their seminal 2002 book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We …

Check out a new Greenbiz.com blog by one of our colleagues, Jay Bolus, at MBDC

Jay Bolus is a leader at MBDC, and a frequent collaborator with our William McDonough + Partner design teams. After recently attending NeoCon, here’s an excerpt from his Greenbiz.com post about “Why Green Marketing Should Go Beyond Description by Omission”– I recently returned from NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. While this expo is not particularly focused on sustainability, I was disappointed that so few companies had made sustainability a priority …

Greenbuild sessions are live; registration is open. David Johnson will speak at the October event in Toronto.

We’ll be at Greenbuild this year, will you? We are delighted that David Johnson will be moderating and presenting at a panel called implementing Next Generation Cradle to Cradle: Policy & Practice. This will be a discussion about real-time demonstrations of Cradle to Cradle design realized at the scale of architecture and community design. We hope you will join Johnson, NASA Ames’s Steve Zornetzer, Shui On Land’s David Nieh, and Oberlin College’s David Orr for …

NASA Sustainability Base is nominated for a Katerva Award, designed to celebrate sustainability “game-changers” around the world

We are delighted to announce that their project, the NASA Sustainability Base has been nominated for a 2011 Katerva Award. The Katerva Awards are an annual set of awards for the very best sustainability initiatives on the planet. NASA’s new Sustainability Base, which William McDonough + Partners designed with AECOM and Loisos+Ubbelohde and is being built by Swinerton, is at the entrance to Ames Research Center at Moffett Field and is designed to showcase NASA’s …

MechoSystems unveils the McDonough Iceland Collection at NeoCon 2011

Congratulations to our sister enterprise, MBDC, whose client, MechoSystems, had a busy show at NeoCon this month in Chicago. Interior Design reports from NeoCon 2011– “At NeoCon 2011, MechoSystems introduced the design community to a number of new initiatives-including a new name. The company, founded in 1969, changed its name from MechoShade to MechoSystems to signal a new and heightened focus on its energy-management systems-such as MechoLux, its new lighting-control system. (See MechoLux.info.) MechoSystems also showcased its new, fully …

Congratulations to our sister enterprises, MBDC and EPEA: Greenbiz.com reports on their Cradle to Cradle work with Method

Greenbiz.com recently posted a piece about the highly successful collaboration between MBDC and EPEA and home cleaning products maker, Method. Here’s the first part of the post– “Method recently had an exceedingly rare joint visit from Michael Braungart and Bill McDonough, the co-authors of Cradle-to-Cradle and principals of MBDC. In the green design world, this is like spending the afternoon working on a script with Pacino and DeNiro, like jamming with Jagger and Richards, like fighting …

Bill McDonough will deliver a keynote address at Dwell on Design

On June 24 in Los Angeles, Bill McDonough will deliver a keynote address at Dwell magazine’s Dwell on Design conference. The lecture is called Cradle to Cradle and the Future of Dwelling and will include discussion of several of McDonough’s recent architectural initiatives, including NASA Sustainability Base, the new Ferrer office/lab building designed for Barcelona, the design for a new business school in Karachi, Pakistan, and a unique new single-family residence in California. For more on the …