Jean Carroon: Old Is the New New; Existing Buildings, Climate Change, and the New Urban Agenda

Russell Van Nest Black Lecture

Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a principal at Goody Clancy, a Boston-based architecture, planning, and preservation firm. A former chair of the AIA Historic Resources Committee and 2019 president of the Boston Society of Architects, her practice focuses on the stewardship of existing places to shape a healthy, resilient world. She has significantly increased the nation's awareness of the importance of and potential for the integration of sustainable design and historic building stewardship. Her influential book, titled Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings, was published by John Wiley and Sons in 2010.


The path to a sustainable, equitable world flows through existing buildings. To quickly, creatively, and persistently address goals for reducing greenhouse gases while enhancing social and cultural wellbeing, we cannot rely on the two to four percent of building activity that is new construction. We have billions of square feet waiting to be transformed and renewed. This is the great opportunity. Explore how yesterday's buildings are being made to work for today and tomorrow, increasing urban vitality while decreasing climate impacts, making old the new new.

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