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NASA Sustainability Base featured in Los Angeles Times

We are delighted that one of our latest collaborations with a high-aspiration client continues to get attention from the media. NASA Sustainability base has been covered in the Los Angeles Times. The 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 …

GreenSource blog documents sustainable thinking conference in Barcelona; Bill McDonough was one of the speakers

GreenSource editor Jane Kolleeny was in Barcelona last week for the Shape Sustainable Thinking Forum and Construmat. Bill McDonough was a speaker at the Forum, and he had some very good company– a virtual who’s who in leading voices in sustainable design from around the world! He had a chance to talk about one of the firm’s most exciting current projects, a laboratory/office facility for Ferrer Grupo near Barcelona, which is designed to include a …

Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart will speak together in San Francisco on June 9

For the first time in six years, Cradle to Cradle co-authors William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart will be together in California. They invite you to join them to celebrate the accomplishments of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and hear their thoughts on how to unlock the next Industrial Revolution. This gathering presents a rare opportunity to meet two of the environmental movement’s leading figures, hear their thoughts on the future of the world …

Another William McDonough + Partners project breaks ground: the Karachi School of Business & Leadership

We are thrilled 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 be …

Breaking ground in Park 20|20

We are pleased to announce that Fox Vakanties has broken ground at Delta Development Group’s Park 20|20 in Beukenhorst Zuid, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. It’s a great honor to be working with Delta Develoment Group at this site; their vision for a Cradle to Cradle development is powerful–and it’s becoming a reality. Occupying a prominent site at the entrance to Park 20|20, Fox Vakanties, a Dutch internet travel booking organization specializing in distant, exotic destinations, is the …

City of Chicago preparing for warmer times ahead

We noticed this interesting story in The New Times today about the City of Chicago, which discusses their efforts to prepare for long term climate change. (As it happens, the image they used was of the Chicago City Hall’s green roof, a project we were involved with years ago.) Here’s an excerpt– “Cities adapt or they go away,” said Aaron N. Durnbaugh, deputy commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Environment. “Climate change is happening in both real and …

Victor Papanek’s Design for the Real World was published 40 years ago: Bill McDonough chimes in on why this book matters

Alice Rawsthorn has written an article for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times in which she notes the 40th anniversary of architect/educator/writer Victor Papanek’s Design for the Real World and describes the book’s enduring influence. An excerpt– In 1985 in his preface to the second edition of “Design for the Real World,” he noted proudly that the first edition had been translated into more than 20 languages and had become “the most widely …

David Johnson speaks at clean energy event in Alaska

Last week, David Johnson, a partner at William McDonough + Partners, was the opening speaker at the third annual Clean Energy Business in Alaska conference, which was held in Anchorage. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell spoke on the same day, April 28. About the conference: Held annually, the Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference brings together researchers, project developers, business, civic and government leaders from around the state, nation and the …