Stanford University’s Living Archive of William McDonough

William McDonough and Stanford University Libraries have teamed up to create a comprehensive, real-time approach to archiving the McDonough collections. The Libraries will use the digital components to create a set of open-source archival technologies that will allow creators, archivists and selected contributors to actively collaborate.

The William McDonough Living Archive is a whole new approach to archiving. By archiving in real-time we are able to create a complete picture of McDonough’s work, connections and global impact. Like so much of McDonough’s work, his archive is breaking new ground on how we think about, create, and interact with archives and archival materials.

 

A Glimpse into the William McDonough Living Archive

Note: content on this page will change as the archive grows so please check back regularly.

 

EARLY YEARS


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McDonough’s childhood photos have been collected and digitized. This photo shows McDonough as a child holding a camera. He would later study art and photography while attending Dartmouth College and Yale University.

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As an art student at Dartmouth, McDonough completes a series of paintings inspired by the Ostwald Color System, studying relationships between hue, chroma, and lightness.

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1976: While a graduate student at Yale, William McDonough builds the first solar heated house in Ireland.

   

CATALOG OF PROFESSIONAL WORK AND MILESTONES


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1989: McDonough’s Warsaw Tower design is on the front-page of The Wall Street Journal and is a cartoon in The New Yorker.

 

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1999: William McDonough is named a “Hero For the Planet” in Time magazine, which states: “[William McDonough’s]…utopianism is grounded, in a unified philosophy that, in demonstrable and practical ways, is changing the design of the world.”

   

DIGITAL CHRONOFILE OF DAILY ACTIVITIES AND SPEECHES


Visit the William McDonough Live YouTube channel to view additional speeches and recordings.

 

 

Additional Resources


Read more about the William McDonough and Stanford University Living Archive.

Read a related article in the Stanford Daily News.

Read the New York Times announcement.

Follow William McDonough on Twitter

Connect with William McDonough on LinkedIn

 

Contact


Michelle Ganz
Archive Director
700 East Jefferson Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
+1.434.979.1111
mganz@mcdonough.com