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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, …

Ford’s Green Roof Thriving 10 Years After Construction Began: a New York Times blog takes notice

On the occasion of its green roof’s 10th anniversary, we touched base with the team at the Ford Rouge–one of our favorite clients. They confirmed that the roof still thrives, and this story was picked up by New York Times blogger, Phil Patton on December 29. Here’s an excerpt: “The new Rouge was to be the most visible and publicized symbol of the environmental commitment that Bill Ford, then Ford’s chief, made the centerpiece of his vision …

San Francisco Mixed Use Project Gets Key Approval

The San Francisco Planning Commission has unanimously approved Prado Group’s 82-unit condominium project at 2001 Market St., a development which will include a Whole Foods on the ground floor. William McDonough + Partners led the schematic design and master plan, in collaboration with architect of record BAR Architects, for this mixed-use residential and retail project at the gateway to San Francisco’s vibrant, transit-rich Castro District. Envisioned as a space where people and nature can flourish …