On October 27th, Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart presented at a plenary session entitled “The Power of Optimism and New Models” at the Club of Rome Global Assembly 2009. This annual event highlights food production, resource depletion, population, pollution, energy, poverty and the global economy.
Nike European Headquarters project is featured in Metropolis magazine article entitled, “Parking Outside the Box”. The author points out that “Lots of otherwise unsightly garages have been concealed underground, but perhaps none with as much panache as the parking for Nike’s European Headquarters, where the campus’s central lawn acts as a green roof for below-grade parking.” Click here for link to full article.
The new visitor’s center at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has received the 2009 Lifecycle Building Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, West Coast Green, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and StopWaste.Org.
Mark Rylander co-presented with Tish Tablan of MBDC on Cradle to Cradle to the Middle Atlantic Regional Conference of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) on October 10th.
On October 8, Kristin Cory presented WM+P’s latest work to a class of Masters students in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
Kevin Burke was one of three jurors for the architecture prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon The 2009 Solar Decathlon was held October 9 to 13 on the National Mall in DC, and challenged 20 student teams to design, build and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.
“Brad Pitt would seem 10 be a patron with money to burn. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Pitt phoned a number of architects he admired and asked for help with prototype houses for displaced Ninth Ward residents. There was a catch, though-no one would earn a cent. Cradle to Cradle eco evangelist William McDonough, who advised Pitt on ground rules for his Make It Right Foundation New Orleans. cited the often-overlooked component of the …
[img_assist|nid=310|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=307]We have been a part of the pro bono Make It Right efforts in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans since the program kicked off in 2007, and we’re gratified to expand our role from member of the core team to designer of the Flow House Duplex prototype, part of the latest round of designs. “Make It Right is proving that good design can be affordable,” says William McDonough, “and it is …