WM+P and Team Present Almere Project

In June, our firm joined MVRDV, WEST 8, and local officials in presenting the concept report for the development of Almere Island to the Ministers of Transportation and Spatial Planning, Housing, and the Environment. Almere Island, a new island to be built in the IJmeer between the cities of Amsterdam and Almere, is a joint venture by the local, regional, and national governments to address urban regional growth. Plans for the new community, inspired by …

New Campus Library Opens in Pasadena

[img_assist|nid=360|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=307]Fuller Theological Seminary has opened the David Allan Hubbard Library (below) on its Pasadena campus. The building, a a collaborative effort between our firm, House & Robertson Architects, and DPR Construction, honors the memory of David Allan Hubbard, theological scholar and past president of Fuller. Hubbard has been described as a man of “unlimited peripheral vision,” a compelling idea woven into the design in several ways, most demonstrably in terms of window placement and sense …

Hali’imaile framework featured in Urban Land Green magazine

WM+P Director of Community Design, Diane Dale, ASLA, JD, recently contributed an article to the Spring issue of Urban Land Green magazine on the Cradle to Cradle Development Framework for Hali’imaile. In addition to the article, this project is also included in the National Building Museum’s Green Communities Exhibit in Washington, D.C. Check out the article.

Kira Gould speaks at AIA Conference

Kira Gould, Assoc. AIA, Director of Communications, spoke at the American Institute of Architects convention in San Francisco in May; the panel, “Finding the Catalyst”, included Susan Ubbelohde of Loisos Ubbelohde; Kevin Hydes of the Integral Group; and Allison Arieff, who writes for The New York Times and Sunset. She also authored an article in Sustainable Industries’ latest issue, as well as a review in Architectural Record, and an opinion piece in the AIA …

A Vision for the Future: A House Like a Tree

[img_assist|nid=281|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=304]In the Spring, our studio was asked by The Wall Street Journal to conceptualize a vision for the home of the future. Our design team came up with a House Like a Tree–a design that generates energy and food on site, cleans its water, and regenerates habitat, among other things–all utilizing technologies and design strategies that are available today or on the near horizon. This is a home for a not too distant tomorrow; we …

VMware Campus and Commons Building Completed

[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 and VantagePoint’s Stephan Dolezalek on the carbon-free opportunity

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 …

John Wheeler Speaks at California Summit

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