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

WM+P Directors Present to Dutch Government

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 Leads Planning Team for Canadian Development Project

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.

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 …