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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 …

American University School of International Service featured in Architect’s Newspaper

Issue 20 of the Architect’s Newspaper (the Eastern edition) features the new American University School of International Services building, which was dedicated in September, an event at which Bill McDonough spoke. Katherine Grove is quoted in the article (not online at this time). We congratulate our client on the completion of this project and salute the tenure of outgoing Dean Louis Goodman. He and his talented faculty cultivated a special vision for the school and …

William McDonough talks to Inhabitat about the broadening potential of Cradle to Cradle

At Greenbuild in November, our founder, William McDonough, talked with Andrew Michler of Inhabitat about Cradle to Cradle as a philosophy and how being less bad is not being more good. This simple part of the thinking that he and Michael Braungart developed is gaining traction in many sectors–a real cause for optimism, McDonough says. You can see the full interview here, and it was also picked up in the Huffington Post.

December 2010

CELEBRATING ABUNDANCE, MORE GOOD, AND TRACTION We are inspired by a wave of momentum around the country and the world. We see traction toward Cradle to Cradle gaining among individuals, companies, non-profits, cities, regions, and even countries. We are engaging in dozens of new relationships right now with groups of all sizes, and what they have in common, it seems, is a new understanding of and openness to Cradle to Cradle thinking. Cradle to Cradle is …

Climate One TV films at NASA Sustainability Base

David Johnson, partner at William McDonough + Partners, joined our client, Steve Zornetzer, Associate Director for Institution and Research at NASA Ames Research Center, for a tour of the under-construction NASA Sustainability Base today with Climate One TV, which will include the footage in upcoming broadcasts. NASA Sustainability Base is an important new project; we are very proud of our work on this project with the client and with collaborators AECOM and Loisos+Ubbelohde, among others. The …

William McDonough and Michael Braungart on the factory of the future

Seen and heard in November: An EU meeting on the Factory of the Future. During this well attended seminar Michael Braungart, cofounder of the Cradle to Cradle principles, introduced the attendees to concrete industrial projects in Europe and made them familiar with all of the C2C aspects this type of industry had to deal with. William McDonough participated in the event through web conferencing and talked to the audience about the William McDonough + Partners work …

Katherine Grove a featured speaker at EcoBuild

Katherine Grove, a director at William McDonough + Partners, spoke on December 7 at Ecobuild in Washington DC on the topic of “Cradle to Cradle as a Framework for Design.” Joining her at the podium was Richard Maimon of Kieran Timberlake. They spoke about Make It Right, the Lower 9th Ward redevelopment effort in New Orleans, in which William McDonough + Partners is a core partner and pro bono contributor. Both firms have designed …