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Kira Gould juried the One Good Chair competition at the Las Vegas Market

Our director of communications, Kira Gould, spent Wednesday in Las Vegas, where she was a juror (with Zem Joaquin, Sarah Backhouse, and Shashi Caan) in the One Good Chair competition, which is produced and organized by the Sustainable Furnishings Council and the Las Vegas Market. Congratulations to Eric Tong, the young designer from London, who won top honors in the competition with his Zpine lounge chair–an elegant chair design to ship in a remarkably compact …

David Johnson presented at Autodesk Sustainability Summit

[img_assist|nid=521|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=233]David Johnson, partner, presented the firm’s design for NASA Sustainability Base, at the Autodesk Sustainability Summit on Thursday in San Francisco. He present with our AECOM architect of record partners on the project, and in concert with several Autodesk speakers. The NASA project is set for completion this spring: It will be occupied in May. The project is on track to achieve LEED Platinum certification and is expected to be one of the highest performing federal …

McDonough to speak at GreenBiz’s State of Green Business Forum: 40% discount available to McDonough friends

William McDonough will speak on February 17 at GreenBiz.com’s State of Green Business Forum in Washington, DC. He has a keynote slot called “One Great Idea” and will talk about Cradle to Cradle as a new design paradigm, in an on-stage dialogue of GreenBiz’s Joel Makower. McDonough is delighted to follow GSA administrator Martha Johnson on the docket. McDonough’s certification and consulting firm, MBDC, will be running a workshop that day (with Icestone), and the firm …

Cradle to Cradle Festival begins this week in Berlin

Congratulations to Michael Braungart and EPEA as they kick off the Cradle to Cradle Festival in Berlin this week. The festival celebrates the Cradle to Cradle idea as a cultural revolution. The festival will run from January 26 through March 16 in Berlin, celebrating the Next Industrial Revolution. Under the banner “Blueprint Netherlands,” the Festival will celebrate the success of Cradle to Cradle® worldwide and honour the Netherlands as a prime example to learn from. William McDonough …

Architect’s Newspaper goes “in detail” on AU School of International Service building

We are excited to announce that Architect’s Newspaper covered the new American University School of International Service project, designed by William McDonough + Partners with Quinn|Evans Architects. We congratulate our amazing client at AU and the leadership of outgoing Dean Lou Goodman and his committed team. The project was formally dedicated in September. Here’s an excerpt from the new AN piece by Aaron Seward: “High-performance perimeter glazing was optimized to allow maximum daylight penetration. Exterior shades …

Bill McDonough is on The Guardian’s Eco Power List of those setting the global environmental agenda

The Guardian has created a list of its top 20 “green giants”–they call it the Eco Power List and describe it this way: “We all agree that the planet is in a perilous position. But what is the best way to save it? We name the 20 activists, filmmakers, writers, politicians and celebrities who will be setting the global environmental agenda in the coming year.” We’re delighted that our founder, William McDonough, was named as one …

Inhabitat.com features Bill McDonough and David Johnson predictions for 2011

On January 1, Inhabitat.com ran green design predictions for the new year, and thoughts from our partners, thought leaders and architects Bill McDonough and David Johnson, were in the mix. Click here for the full post. Here’s the introduction to the post: “As we kick off 2011 this fine Saturday, there’s no better time to reflect on the year passed and to make some predictions as to what the coming year may hold. In what’s become a bit …

Cradle to Cradle tops PlanetGreen.com’s 10 best environmental books of the last decade

An excerpt: “The publication of Silent Spring in 1962 is widely considered to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Since those early roots took hold, a series of seminal books have contributed to its growth and branched the discourse. For 50 years, environmental writing has played an important role in defining and redefining the most pressing problems of the day—as well as offering solutions. The last 10 years, of course, have been no different. In fact, …