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Bold Ideas from the World Economic Forum Davos

Climate change, human rights, health and inequality, were the major topics of discussion at the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos. A strong emphasis was placed on the need for more solutions and ideas to counter these larger issues. As the WEF came to a close, participants were asked to share ideas based on the various sessions and forums held at Davos, specifically what are the real things they can do to help solve the world’s …

March 12: William McDonough keynote discusses material health

William McDonough will be the featured guest at the March 12 gathering in Chicago, hosted by HOK, AIA Chicago, USGBC and Shaw Contract Group. “Material Health: Authentic Transparency and Optimization,” is the title of McDonough’s special keynote presentation on March 12, 2015, in Chicago.  As a global sustainability leader and architect, McDonough will discuss why material health is about and that it is more than materials. In his presentation, McDonough will share insight on the following topics:: Origins of the Cradle to …

Now Open: UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

William McDonough + Partners teamed with Stantec (formerly Anshen+Allen) to design the new Medical Center at Mission Bay for University of California San Francisco (UCSF). “On Sunday, February 1, the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center officially opens an 878,000-sf, six-story complex at UCSF’s 60.2-acre Mission Bay research campus that includes three state-of-the-art hospitals with a total of 289 beds. Ten years in the planning, the new medical center started construction in December 2010. It …

April 7: William McDonough will lead a “fireside chat” for Bridge

On April 7, 2015,  William McDonough will lead a fireside chat for Bridge – a professional development program with startups including Dropbox, Khan Academy, Fitbit, Square, and many more.  The talk will provide an opportunity for members of the design community who represent some of the top companies in Silicon Valley, to connect with McDonough.  Past speakers for Bridge include Joe Gebbia co-founder of Airbnb and Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning behavioral economist. Stayed tuned for more event details …

April 9-10: William McDonough speaks at Powering Progress Together Detroit 2015

On April 9, 2015, William McDonough will deliver the keynote address at Shell’s Powering Progress Together conference in Detroit, Michigan. By 2050, three quarters of the world will live in urban centers; collectively, these cities will consume as much as 80 percent of the global energy supply. So how can we work better together today, to achieve our vision for resilient, sustainable and prosperous cities? Trying to answer this burning question, Shell Powering Progress Together is …

June 1: Roger Schickedantz to keynote at 2015 Grey to Green

Director and Architect at William McDonough + Partners, Roger Schickedantz will be keynoting at Grey to Green 2015.

The Circular Guide to Christmas

A leader in optimized resource management, Veolia, published a holiday gift guide “The circular guide to Christmas,” offering suggestions for environmentally conscious gifts.  William McDonough and Michael Braungart’s book The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability–Designing for Abundance is among the gifts suggested. View the full list of gifts on The circular guide to Christmas here. Find more books by William McDonough on Amazon.

Save The Soil, Save Ourselves – The McDonough Conversations

William McDonough and Joel Makower talk soil in the latest installment of The McDonough Conversations.  According to McDonough, there are two parts to keeping soil free of toxins: detoxifying and changing the way we make things.  “We want to go to a global-scale packaging protocol that allows things to either heal soil or give soil lightness and nutrition, or go back into industry forever and stop contaminating,” says McDonough. Read the full conversation, “Save the soil, …