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 …

Bill McDonough Q&A in the Marin Independent Journal in advance of his West Coast Green Deep Dive

The Marin Independent-Journal ran a Q&A with Bill McDonough, who will, on September 30, deliver both a keynote address and an unprecedented “deep dive” about what he has learned on the journey of his life and enterprises, and where he sees us headed. Check out the story here.

AU School of International Service: new facility is dedicated

Bill McDonough and Katherine Grove will be on hand in Washington, DC, for the dedication of the AU School of International Service, a project that was a collaboration between William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans Architects.

NASA Sustainability Base wins another award

This project, a collaboration of William McDonough + Partners and AECOM and Loisos+Ubbelohde, has picked another award: it has been honored as Silicon Valley’s best green project, as a part of the Silicon Valley Business Times’ Structures Awards.

NASA Sustainability Base: winner of GSA Real Property Award for Green Innovation

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Real Property Award in the category of Green Innovation has been announced for 2010, and it goes to the NASA Ames Research Center and their design team for NASA Sustainability Base, which is also aiming for LEED Platinum Certification. This project, a collaboration of NASA Ames Research Center, William McDonough + Partners, AECOM, Loisos + Ubbelohde, Swinerton Builders, is under construction now. Congratulations to NASA Ames and the inspiring leaders …