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William McDonough: "Design as Optimism" | Talks at Google
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As a part of Google’s Environment Day on April 25th, we invited architect, designer, thought leader, and author William McDonough to Google NYC for a talk on "Design as Optimism." Moderated by Mary Davidge. Design is the first signal of human intention. We are all designers because we all have intentions. What if our intention is to do good and make the world better because we are here? William McDonough shares real world examples of materials, products, buildings, communities, and economies that were designed in the search for good. About William McDonough William McDonough points the way toward “more good, rather than less bad” values and practices for businesses in all sectors at all scales—showing how a positive future of continuous improvement is possible now. He is an architect, a global leader in sustainable development, and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security. For more than 40 years, McDonough—through McDonough Innovation, William McDonough + Partners, Architects, and MBDC—has defined the principles of the sustainability movement. He is co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013). He also co-founded the not-for-profit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute; and in 2012, he became the subject of Stanford University Libraries’ first “living archive.” McDonough has received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003), and the National Design Award (2004). In January 2017, he was awarded the Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting where he was hailed as “the father of the circular economy”. In 2009, he co-founded the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, to scale up the rigorous product certification program. Time magazine recognized him as a “Hero for the Planet,” noting: “His utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.”

EarthSayer William McDonough
Date 5/8/2017 Format Speech
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Architecture and Green Building More Details
Architecture, Faith and Community | Sophia de Sousa
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Streamed live on February 28th 2017

Spiritual and religious spaces are fundamental features of a place, signifying the value and importance of faith and connection at the heart of a community. In a changing global context, the design, status and use of places of worship evolves to reflect the diverse needs of a wider public. Faith spaces are reimagined to foster a culture of mutuality and engagement, facilitating the growth of social capital. John McAslan CBE and Aidan Potter of John McAslan + Partners are joined by Sophia de Sousa and The Revd The Lord Griffiths to discuss the way in which communities are shaped socially and culturally through shared spaces, values and connections.
EarthSayers Sophia de Sousa; John McAslan; Aidan Potter
Date unknown Format Panel
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Architecture and Green Building More Details
Mobile Tiny Homes Can Move With You
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Published on Feb 13, 2016

These amazing mobile tiny homes can move from city to city with you when you want to move. More major cities will be trying this out in 2016. 208 square feet, 10 foot ceilings. Posted by
Collective Evolution channel on Youtube.
Date unknown Format Instructional
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Architecture and Green Building More Details
Bring the community into the process by Alejandro Aravena
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Published on Nov 6, 2014

When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where clever rethinking led to beautiful design with great benefit.
Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at here.
"So with the right design, sustainability is noting but the rigorous use of common sense."

EarthSayer Alejandro Arevena
Date unknown Format Teaching
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Architecture and Green Building More Details
Putting housing at the center of urban strategy Dr. Joan Clos
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As the world grapples with what some have deemed “the age of urbanization,” affordable* housing has become a great concern. Dr. Joan Clos, executive director of UN-Habitat recommends that housing should be a big part and at the center of the urban planning and design conversation. He means by that, that housing should come back to the center of the urban strategy: urban planning, design, and urban strategy. Published on Mar 19, 2015


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"Affordability, as defined by the authors of a recent MGI report on affordable housing,1 is the threshold of financial burden that an individual household will bear—about 30 percent to 40 percent of income." 
EarthSayer Joan Clos
Date unknown Format Speech
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Architecture and Green Building More Details
Building with Hempcrete for Healthy Buildings by Joni Lane
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Hempcrete/Responsible Design


Joni Lane, LEED Green Associate, is a recent graduate of Boston Architectural College with a Masters in Sustainable Design Studies. She is passionate about creating valuable, sustainable and regenerative solutions by which humans can continue to live without threatening to render our planet uninhabitable. She believes great design has the power to change the world and has decided to focus her energy on healing our built environment with bio-based materials, specifically Hempcrete. Focusing on addressing indoor contaminants and their effect on our health, She strives to advance education and awareness of this very important public health issue to promote safe and healthy buildings. Published on Dec 31, 2014

EarthSayer Joni Lane
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The Story of "U" by Ruth Ann Barrett
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When I moved into the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, I saw within a three block area many buildings, two within a block, with a "U" as in unsafe.  The neighborhood I am told has the highest concentration of  such buildings.  It is a sad situation for a City that prides itself on its built environment. (April 2014)

UPDATE: December 2014 presentation about Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (UMB) here.

Date unknown Format Documentary
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Portland Sustainability Leaders More Details
Portland Architecture: How Good is Good Enough?
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At no time in Portland's history have so many citizens been affected by new architecture. New buildings --bold, beautiful, middling, or downright ugly-- are rising in every neighborhood of the city. The city has a process --Design Review-- to decide what buildings make the grade. But its most stringent oversight only applies to downtown and few other, innermost districts.

How does design review work? How well is it working? Should it be expanded to other parts of the city? Three prominent design advocates who have overseen the city's review during three distinct eras share their opinions about how to get the best buildings for the city. Panelists: Michael McCullouch, architect, urban designer and developer; Guenevere Millius, President of Parachute Strategies and chair of the Design Commission; John Russell, President of Russell Development Company. Randy Gragg, director of the University of Oregon's John Yeon Center, will moderate the program.Published on May 30, 2014

EarthSayers Michael McCullouch; Guenevere Millius; John Russell
Date unknown Format Panel
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Portland Sustainability Leaders More Details
My architectural philosophy? by Alejandro Aravena
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Alejandro Aravena: My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process.

When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where clever rethinking led to beautiful design with great benefit.

Published on Nov 6, 2014

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EarthSayer Alejandro Aravena
Date unknown Format Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Architecture and Green Building More Details
Ecological Design by Benyrus, McLennan and McConville
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Janine Benyus, Jason McLennan, and David McConville describe how our lives are related to nature and ecological design. These speeches (of which clips are shown) took place at the 2013 Bioneers Annual Conference. Published on Dec 9, 2013

EarthSayers Janine Benyus; David McConville; Jason McLennan
Date unknown Format Speech
Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Bioneers More Details
 

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