[img_assist|nid=307|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=307]In Palo Alto, the VMware campus was completed when the Commons building finished construction.
Bill McDonough teams up with Stephan Dolezalek of VantagePoint Venture Partners to comment for a McKinsey “What Matters” column: their topic is the carbon-free opportunity. William McDonough is an architect and the founding principal of design firm William McDonough + Partners, which focuses on ecological and socially intelligent architecture. Stephan Dolezalek has spent 23 years in Silicon Valley working exclusively with technology-driven companies. He joined VantagePoint Venture Partners in 1999 and currently heads up VantagePoint’s …
Earlier this year, John Wheeler spoke in Pasadena, CA at the Art Center Summit 2009: Expanding the Vision of Sustainable Mobility. John was part of an alumni panel moderated by Kurt Anderson of NPR. John discussed the current state of practice in sustainable design. Visit the Art Center website
Early this year, firm leaders Kevin Burke and Diane Dale delivered a dual keynote presentation in Utrecht to the Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch national agency that manages all water and roadway infrastructure in the Netherlands. They presented how Cradle to Cradle concepts are informing architecture and planning at a wide range of scales, particularly with regard to the use of water and energy.
WM+P led an international planning and engineering team in developing a master plan for the new community of North Innisfil in Ontario, Canada, to be developed by Minto Communities, Inc. The plan embodies an integrated and system-based design approach which includes innovative sustainable strategies for energy, water, and waste services. It has received favorable preliminary review from local and provincial agencies.
Early this year, Mark Rylander, Director, keynoted the first Active Housing Round Table in Copenhagen about sustainable building components, design solutions, and architecture, combined with new low energy and zero carbon housing. Mark’s presentation entitled “Towards Cradle to Cradle Architecture: A Positive Agenda for Sustainable Design” discussed how building materials can be improved over time.
Mayor Newsom announced that California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, presented the City of San Francisco with the 2008 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. The City received the award for its ambitious redevelopment plans for Treasure Island, on which WM+P had a key sustainability consultant role, in the Sustainable Communities category. The project plans were recognized as exceptional for their breadth, environmental and economic impact, and value to California’s environment and economy.
Green Community Our Hali’imaile master plan framework is currently featured in the Green Community exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Green Community looks at how we plan, design, and construct the world between our buildings, profiling an array of communities large and small where citizens, leaders, and planning and design professionals are working together towards a more sustainable future. According to the exhibit, “A green community conserves its land, offers multiple options for transportation, provides open space …