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ATLANTA (December 1, 2002) Atlanta International Museum of Art and Design announces the exhibition Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Architecture of William McDonough + Partners. Continuing through February 2003, this exhibition presents the work of William McDonough + Partners, an internationally recognized firm of architects, planners, and leaders in sustainable design.

As practitioners of a principled approach to design most fully outlined in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (North Point Press, 2002), co-authored by founding partner William McDonough, the firm has developed a diverse body of work comprising a wide variety of commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential projects. By examining the economic, ecological, and social consequences of design across all scales, from the molecule to the region, William McDonough + Partners pursues an "eco-effective" design agenda that draws inspiration from living systems and processes, while seeking to move beyond the best practices of environmental efficiency to encourage patterns of human activity that are restorative and regenerative by design.

This is the first museum exhibition to feature the firm's work. The exhibition features architectural models, text panels, preparatory drawings, site plans, an "eartharium", and interactive computer stations that detail projects including the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College; and the Museum of Life and the Environment, a project currently in design for a new institution in York County, South Carolina, which will be a unique combination of cultural and natural history.

Founding partner William McDonough has visited Atlanta twice in conjunction with the exhibition. Mr. McDonough attended the opening reception at the Museum on September 27th, 2002 and later gave a free, public presentation to 700 attendees on October 15th, 2002 at the Ferst Center for the Arts. One of the primary proponents and shapers of what he and his partners call "The Next Industrial Revolution,"

Mr. McDonough has played a prime role in defining sustainable design during the past two decades through his designs, writings, and speeches and became the first and only individual to receive the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the nation's highest environmental honor, in 1996.

A third free public event presented by the Museum, a discussion panel with local industry leaders, "Leadership & Legacy: Eco-effective Commerce Can Be Profitable," was held on November 7, 2002 at Emory University. Moderated by Dennis Creech, Southface Energy Institute. Panelists were Bob Hascall, Emory University; Pam Sessions, Hedgewood Properties; Ray Anderson, Interface, Inc.; and R. Jeff George, Hardin Construction.

Major sponsors for the exhibition include Steelcase, Inc. and Ivan Allen, Inc., Interface, Inc., AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, and Stephanie and Arthur Blank.

The Atlanta International Museum's Artistic Director, Angelyn S. Chandler said, "We have received an outpouring of support and interest from the community with this timely subject. The work in this exhibition moves beyond "smart growth" or energy savings to inspire a new way of thinking about design. We've scheduled a series of events to engage the Atlanta community and introduce this subject to our audiences-especially with the lecture on October 15."

"We are honored and delighted to be part of a show that recognizes our clients and our work," said William McDonough, the firm's founding partner. "By embracing a positive design agenda, we hope to create design examples essential to the cultural transformations of the next industrial revolution."

"Given the mission of the museum to address art and design of world culture, we are excited to have a chance to address evolving themes of ecological design through an exhibit of our recent work," said Chris Hays, one of the firm's three design partners. "Being blessed with a rich diversity of project types and insightful clients has allowed us to delve into environmental issues that are relevant to global discussions while simultaneously responding very specifically to the places we build. We hope the exhibit will not only raise challenging questions, but will also demonstrate that through research and the creative process, ecologically effective solutions are possible."

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