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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. …

Bill McDonough in conversation with GreenBiz’s Joel Makower

On February 17, Bill McDonough took the stage at the third of three State of Green Business Forums hosted in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, DC. “We’re always happy to be a part of the GreenBiz events,” Bill said. “And this Washington event was especially exciting. I was happy to be speaking after the GSA administrator Martha Johnson. The GSA is thinking big about thinking differently–that’s inspiring to hear.” Bill’s portion of the program was …

David Johnson will talk about Design for Nine Billion at Alaska Conference next month

Firm partner David Johnson will speak at the 2011 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska next month in Anchorage. He will discuss Cradle to Cradle as a design protocol that can change how we make things– products, architecture, cities, and more– and help us think about the human footprint in positive terms, rather than something to be minimized toward a goal of zero. Click here for more information about the Business of Clean Energy in …

CNN covers NASA’s Sustainability Base: the first spaceship on earth

Our client Steve Zornetzer of NASA tells the story of Sustainability Base in this CNN story. We are so proud of this project and the collaborative team that created it. The project is due for completion this year. While it is true that it will be one of the best-performing buildings in the federal portfolio, we think its real power will be to illustrate the power of the thinking about ‘footprints” as something that can …