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around and about: We’re excited about this upcoming SFMoMA show about Buckminster Fuller

Next month, a new show will open at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which will focus on Buckminster Fuller and his influence on the Bay Area. Here’s a little bit more– The Bay Area attracts dreamers, progressives, nonconformists, and designers. Buckminster Fuller was all of these, and though he never lived in San Francisco, his ideas spawned many local experiments in the realms of technology, engineering, and sustainability—some more successful than others. The Whole …

Progress continues at Park 20|20; new 4-minute video is Bill McDonough’s introduction to the project

Designed for Delta Development by William McDonough + Partners with Nelson Byrd Woltz, the award winning Park 20l20 is a new model of sustainable development, conceived as the first large-scale Cradle to Cradle-inspired urban development in The Netherlands. Located within a man-made “cultural landscape” of a Dutch polder, planning concepts promote the regenerative design agenda of Cradle to Cradle philosophy at all scales, from regional ecological connectivity to enhanced landscape biodiversity, and from workplace …

Metropolis talks to Tom Darden III about Make It Right’s progress and goals in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward

In 2006, William McDonough joined Brad Pitt in an ambitious pro bono project in New Orleans, and today the Make It Right Foundation is progressing steadily toward its ambitious goals and working with architects from around the world to create Cradle to Cradle inspired, affordable, healthy, and LEED Platinum homes for this community. Metropolis magazine’s Martin Pedersen talks with Make It Right’s Tom Darden… Here’s the intro– On my second week in New Orleans, on a sweltering …

NASA Sustainability Base featured on Forbes.com

Forbes.com calls it NASA’s New Sensor-Driven, Ultra Green Building. NASA calls it Sustainability Base, and our visioinary client and the design team, which we led, like to call it “NASA’s first Space Station on Earth.” Here’s an excerpt from the Kerry Dolan’s article– A sleek new building at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. is one any rocket scientist would love. When it warms up outside, humans won’t have to be the ones to open …

“Imagine Catalina” Charts Course for the Future of Catalina Island

We have enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Catalina Island Conservancy as they plan for the immediate and long-term future for the island. What an honor to work with an amazing group and bring Cradle to Cradle thinking to their effort to preserve and celebrate this special place. The results of this phase of work are now being announced. From the Conservancy’s release: In 2011, the Conservancy embarked on what officials call “one of …

UVA Darden School of Business Jefferson Innovation Summit releases Seven Principles for innovation and entrepreneurship

Last fall, William McDonough took part in a high-level gathering at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business: The Jefferson Innovation Summit. Now that group has released its recommendations to the public. According to the release– In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, gathered at the university he founded, business leaders, elected officials and educators have staked their names to a new Declaration setting forth seven principles to guide the development of more innovative and entrepreneurial …

Karin Kloosterman recommends Cradle to Cradle in Huffington Post on books for the holidays

In a recent Huffington Post, Karin Kloosterman calls out Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things as one of her top five green books for the holidays. She writes: “This book by William McDonough and Michael Braungart published in 2002 is so critical to understanding sustainability in America that you’ll be lost if you don’t know what this book is about. Yes, you already know about recycling, but what about upcycling, or designing things …

NASA wins national CEIL honors for Sustainability Base, its Space Station on Earth

Congratulations to our client, NASA Ames Research Center, especially Pete Worden and Steve Zornetzer, and their teams who have brought the vision for Sustainability Base to reality. The Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership announced the winners of the second annual CEIL Awards. The awards recognize military and federal, teams and programs that have demonstrated exemplary performance in integrating environmental stewardship into day-to-day activities. Awards highlight excellence in developing and implementing innovative environmental programs …