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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 …

Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart speak together on June 9; San Francisco mayor declares “Cradle to Cradle Day”

On June 9, Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart, the co-creators of the Cradle to Cradle design framework, appeared together in California for the first time in several years. They engaged in an on-stage dialogue as part of an event designed to celebrate the achievements of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, which the pair co-founded in May 2010. You can see a short video from the event here. Recognizing the Institute and the speaking event, …

Dwell magazine features Q&A with William McDonough

William McDonough will deliver the Dwell on Design keynote on June 24 in Los Angeles. In anticipation, Dwell magazine is featuring a Q&A with Bill and writer Alissa Walker that begins this way– Next year, William McDonough’s revolutionary book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, which he co-authored with Dr. Michael Braungart, will turn ten years old. During that decade McDonough has emerged as a leader of the sustainable design movement, both as an …

Architectural Record picks up recent NASA Sustainability Base article

Recently, we announced more media coverage for NASA Sustainability base, and now Architectural Record online has picked up that story, too. This latest article quotes Steven Zornetzer, Associate Center Director for Institution and Research at NASA Ames Research Center– “Buildings of the future could actually produce more energy than they use and reverse the trend of being a big, sucking drain without compromising anything,” Zornetzer told the LA Times reporter. “This is the 21st century. You …