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E-M:/ McDonough on phthalates, design, and urgency
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- Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 17:32:48 -0400
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Title: McDonough on phthalates, design, and
There was a nice article in the Washington Post about William
McDonough -- and designing with the environment in mind. Some
great quotes from McDonough, and mention of Michigan buildings
including the Rouge and Herman Miller's plant, and auto industry
An Environmental Problem Slipping Through the Quacks
By Linda Hales
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 27, 2005; C01
Environmental architect William McDonough made a powerful case
for a "new industrial revolution" when he planted a living
roof in 2002 atop Ford's sprawling, grime-choked River Rouge truck
plant in Dearborn, Mich. The feat of green design is said to have
saved the beleaguered carmaker $35 million in environmental cleanup
costs. Birds now lay eggs in the flourishing 10-acre blanket of sedum,
which cleans runoff naturally.
On Wednesday, the visionary from Charlottesville made an even
stronger argument for change with a little yellow rubber ducky.
In a speech to the Industrial Designers Society of America, which
is meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park through Saturday, McDonough
noted that in California, the $2.99 bath toy comes with a warning.
Toxic chemicals in that sweet, squishy body have been known to cause
cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
"What kind of society would make something like this
to put in the mouths of children?" McDonough demanded.
"Design is the first signal of human intention. What is your
No designer rose to defend the duck.
McDonough moved on to the usual suspects: belching smokestacks,
chemical fumes in carpets, hazardous high-tech garbage. IQs are
declining in industrial Ohio. A graveyard of plastics is growing in
the Pacific Ocean. Acidification is turning coral, the bottom of the
food chain, to jelly.
"Our current society has a strategy of tragedy," he
said. "These are the things that are happening because we have no
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