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Mark Rylander Keynotes Danish Conference

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.

Treasure Island Project Recognized by California Govenor

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.

Fall 2008

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 …

Summer 2008

SOLA: A New Office Building in Milan’s Porta Nuova District William McDonough + Partners has brought eco-effective design and Cradle to CradleSM thinking to Italy. We are designing the Isola office building for developer Hines Italia, as part of the Porta Nuova redevelopment — one of the largest of its kind in Milan at 340,000 square meters. The project will include housing, retail, offices, cultural venues, a community center, an exhibition space, and a local government …

Spring 2008

VIEW FROM THE STUDIOS Kevin Burke, Partner and Director of Practice If any one statement captures The Netherlands’ embrace of Cradle to Cradle,”Let’s Cradle” is it. This phrase, synonymous with the name of a design conference in Maastricht in the fall of 2007, is a positive call to action in the one country that appears uniquely prepared to pursue a Cradle to Cradle transformation in how we make buildings and design cities. Michael Braungart, co-author of Cradle …

Winter 2008

Greenbridge Part of Green House Show Greenbridge, the mixed use project that’s under construction in Chapel Hill is part of the National Building Museum’s exhibit—Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design—which is featured at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey through May 4. Greenbridge has received attention for its eco-effective design strategies and broad thinking about quality of life, which includes providing much needed downtown living and retail opportunities. Greenbridge will include 98 …

Think Green: Metropolis covers William McDonough & his firms

They were–or should have been–strange rostrum-fellows: managers of textile firms, directors of factories, executives from the world’s largest automakers. These “eco-outlaws” shared the stage with America’s foremost green architect, William McDonough, and Dr. Michael Braungart, his radical German chemist counterpart, on the final day of a recent sustainability conference–lions of commerce lying down with eco-lambs. “This is what the twentieth century believed to be success in industry,” Tim O’Brien, director of environmental quality at Ford …