Archiculture Interviews: Bill McDonough

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“What I’m trying to look at is how do we make humans supportive of a natural world, in the way that the natural world is supportive of us?” In the latest installment of Arbuckle Industries’ Archiculture interviews, architect, educator, environmentalist, and author Bill McDonough discusses some of the challenges and themes he has seen in our built environment. He focuses on environmentalism in architecture through the lens of carbon neutrality and the problems with that principle. He goes on to address some of his solutions, including a Cradle to Cradle design approach which changes the way environmental problems are tackled.

William McDonough Designs Ultra “Clean” Manufacturing Facility for Method


William McDonough + Partners has been selected to design Method’s first U.S. manufacturing facility on a brownfield site in Chicago’s historic Pullman community. The company, known for producing environmentally conscious cleaning products, commissioned McDonough to design an ultra clean, facility constructed from Cradle to Cradle Certified materials and powered entirely by renewable energy.

NASA Sustainability Base / William McDonough + Partners and AECOM

NASA Base exterior wide angle © César Rubio, courtesy

NASA and William McDonough + Partners have teamed up to create Earth’s first high-performance space station. William McDonough stated, “Design is the first signal of human intention.” With that in mind, the team set out to design a building that that embodies NASA’s spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED® Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle® solutions.

Continue reading for more on the NASA Sustainability Base.

3XN Enters Innovative Cooperation with William McDonough + Partners

Courtesy of 3XN

The international team of 3XN and William McDonough + Partners is about to develop one of Europe’s first and most ambitious Cradle to Cradle® projects; the Green Solution House on the island of Bornholm, . Green Solution House will be an innovative ‘Demonstratorium’ facilitating the development and test of new green technologies on an international scale. At the same time the building will function as a showcase in itself; designed according to the Cradle to Cradle® principles, the project is anticipated to integrate the latest knowledge within materials and appropriate technologies.

More details after the break.

Visit the projects we have previously featured of both firms: 3XN and William McDonough + Partners

American University School of International Service / William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans | Architects

© Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners

How can we design a building that inspires students to dream? This charge— articulated by the dean of the country’s largest foreign service program— guided the design team for this new building on the American University campus.  Serving as a symbol of the school’s tradition of global service, the anticipated certified building provides a vibrant setting for teaching, research and public dialogue.

Architects: William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans|Architects
Location: , USA
Design Mechanical Engineer: Taylor Engineering
Mechanical Engineer of Record: GHT Limited
Structural Engineer: McMullan Associates
Daylighting Consultant: Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates
Civil Engineer: Delon Hampton & Associates
LEED Consultant: Sustainable Design Consulting
Fire Code and Suppression Consultant: PEG
General Contractor: Whiting-Turner
Client: American University
Project Area: 75,000 sqf
Photographs: Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners

In Progress: NASA Sustainability Base / William McDonough + Partners and AECOM

© William McDonough + Partners

Designed for approximately 200 people the new facility optimizes passive design strategies and is projected to demand only 12% of the electrical power and only 10% of the potable water that a conventional, code-compliant building would demand. All irrigation is provided by recycled and reclaimed water. The NASA Sustainability Base is a two-story 50,000 sqf building that is scheduled to be completed this spring with occupancy expected in May.

Design Architect: William McDonough + Partners
Architect of Record, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering: AECOM
Daylighting, Lighting, Energy Consultant: Loisos + Ubbelohde
Landscape Architect of Record: EDAW
Landscape Architect: Siteworks
Materials Assessment: MBDC
Wastewater Treatment: Todd Ecological