Speaker Series: William McDonough

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - William McDonough,
Founding Principal of William McDonough + Partners, Architecture and Community Designer

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William McDonough is an internationally renowned architect and designer. Time magazine recognized him in 1999 as a Hero for the Planet. Mr. McDonough has received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the nation's highest environmental honor. Mr. McDonough is the founding principal of William McDonough + Partners, a design firm practicing ecologically, socially, and economically intelligent architecture and planning. He is also principal of MBDC, a product and systems development firm assisting companies in designing profitable and environmentally intelligent solutions. Mr. McDonough will speak about his Cradle to Cradle philosophy and design practice. This vision of the hopeful, positive, and inspiring possibilities of an environmentally and economically intelligent future by design draws inspiration from the astonishing effectiveness of natural systems. Cradle to Cradle design as opposed to "cradle to grave" offers a new paradigm for human activity that creates a sustaining relationship with the natural world by emulating living systems that are effective, cyclical, synergetic and regenerative. Read more at www.mcdonough.com.

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