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Entrepreneur magazine story about upcycling cites Cradle to Cradle

Jennifer Wang writes in Entrepreneur magazine’s April issue about upcycling; her piece is called “One Man’s Trash.” Here’s an excerpt– “If you’re not up on the green lingo, the best way to think of upcycling is that it’s like a sexier, even greener version of recycling. When something is recycled (or ‘downcycled’), it’s broken down into something of lesser quality–a process that consumes energy. Upcycling adds value by transforming or reinventing an otherwise-disposable item into something of …

AU School of International Service receives LEED Gold Certification

Congratulations to the School of International Service team and to all the consultants on this great project. The School, which was dedicated last fall, has received its LEED Certification at the Gold level. This is a great achievement for the school, and we applaud the full team. Here’s a list of the firms and roles: William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect Quinn Evans | Architects, Architect of Record AU Office of the University Architect, Interior Designer Taylor Engineering, Design …

Diane Dale will speak at national ASLA conference

At this year’s national American Society of Landscape Architects, Diane Dale will join April Phillips and Jacob Voit on a panel: Food Cities: Designing Edible Landscapes for Urban Environments. The 21st century sustainable city requires the merging of urbanism with sustainable food systems. Edible landscapes are a movement in transition and sprouting up as a response to the slow food movement and living a greener lifestyle. These urban agricultural landscapes are fast becoming iconic media darlings …

William McDonugh: Catalina Island: Something Lived, Something Dreamed: video now online

On February 28, William McDonough spoke at the historic Casino Theatre on Catalina Island. William McDonough + Partners is working with the Catalina Conservancy to bring expertise and Cradle to Cradle thinking to the exciting process of defining the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan for its long-term stewardship of Catalina’s wildlands. During this process of working with the McDonough team, the Conservancy will be determining how to create and/or enhance through that Plan: . The health and well being …

ArchDaily covers the American University School of International Service

ArchDaily has posted a story about the new building at the Washington, DC, campus of American University. We loved working with the School of International Services team and architect of record Quinn Evans. An excerpt– “How can we design a building that inspires students to dream? This charge—articulated by the dean of the country’s largest foreign service program—guided the design team for this new building on the American University campus. Serving as a symbol of …

ArchDaily covers NASA Sustainability Base

ArchDaily is the latest media outlet to pick up the story about NASA Sustainability Base, which is under construction at Moffett Field, California. Here’s an excerpt– “This exemplary energy performance will be achieved through several strategies and technologies, including an extensive geothermal system, high performance lighting, radiant cooling, intelligent building systems and on-site photovoltaic energy generation and active solar systems. (The PV system installation is set to happen in April 2011, and NASA expects the system to …

Bill McDonough essay included in new Plastiki book

David de Rothschild is out with a new book about his amazing Plastiki adventure. Bill McDonough has long admired David’s efforts to help raise awareness about plastics in the oceans, and so was particularly honored to be invited to contribute a short essay to this new book, Plastiki: An Adventure to Save Our Oceans (Chronicle Books, 2011). Bill’s essay is based on Irish folklore and is called “The Land of Many Colored Things.” You can learn …

How can we design a building that inspires students to dream?

This is the question that Dean Lou Goodman, of the American University School of International Service team, asked William McDonough + Partners, design architects, and architect of record Quinn Evans Architects, as they collectively began a journey toward a new building for the Washington, DC, campus. This program is the United States’ largest foreign service program. The design team has created a building that serves as a symbol of the school’s tradition of global service. …