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college students learning about journalism and the green economy visited our San Francisco office last spring…

read all about it in this Metropolis POV blog post, “Telling the Stories”

Check out this in-depth interview with Diane Dale, our Director of community design

ASLA has profiled Diane Dale extensively in its latest “interview with” series, and the piece digs in to the Cradle to Cradle thinking that informs community design by William McDonough + Partners. Nice timing: Diane was inducted into the ASLA college of fellows this fall. The interview also includes Diane’s perspective on several of the firm’s seminal community design and planning projects that she has been involved with and led, including Park 20/20 (which won …

Bill McDonough featured in Forbes.com video

On August 30, we told you about a Forbes.com video interview with Bill McDonough and the architecture work of William McDonough + Partners, specifically his thoughts about desining the ultimate office building. Now there’s a new video from Forbes.com, with the rest of that interview, and in this one, Bill talks about the new Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and how its big donors share his vision that the Institute will help make the world …

Looking back, looking forward: We celebrate Oberlin’s Lewis Center and the college’s continued leadership

Last week, Oberlin College, inspired by Professor David Orr, held a celebration to mark the tenth anniversary of the completion of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, a William McDonough + Partners design. The event commemorated a project full of “firsts” which exports solar energy and renews its water among numerous other cradle to cradle characteristics. Wendy Schmidt, board chair of the new Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, gave the closing address …

David Johnson’s letter from Pakistan on Metropolis blog

In September, David Johnson, a partner in the firm who directs the San Francisco studio, traveled to Pakistan. He was going to learn about the scale of the flooding impacts there so that we could understand the needs and how we–as people, designers, a design firm, and part of the design community–might be able to help. The devastation made a deep impression on our colleague; on the way home, he captured his thoughts about the …

Celebrating: Oberlin’s Building Like a Tree is 10 years old!

Tomorrow, Wendy Schmidt, Chair of the new Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, will give a very important address about the positive future of the human enterprise at Oberlin College. Oberlin College, inspired by Professor David Orr, will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the completion of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies that my architectural firm designed there; a project full of “firsts” which exports solar energy and renews its water among a litany …

William McDonough + Partners referenced in Proctor & Gamble report

A P&G Sustainability Report includes a mention of the Romania manufacturing facility that William McDonough + Partners worked on: An excerpt: “Our sustainability efforts extend beyond our products and processes, informing the way we design our facilities. Before building a new site, we combine industry knowledge with a proprietary process that identifies the most meaningful sustainability opportunities. We use the 77-Point Plan, a process developed by our Global Facilities Engineering group in partnership with Arup …

Bill McDonough shares optimism at West Coast Green

Last week, West Coast Green 2010 hosted thousands of people and shared hundreds of stories about green entrepreneurs and sustainable aspirations. Our founder, Bill McDonough, delivered a keynote address on Thursday, September 30, and a few hours later, he followed that with an unprecedented three-hour “deep dive” inspired by Buckminster Fuller, who inspired Bill himself when we was a student at Dartmouth. Architect Michelle Kaufmann introduced Bill with a warm tale of how she was inspired …