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Matter & Opinion: Existing Buildings

Building the Will

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Sign up for one, a few, or all seven project presentations, each featuring two projects and two client-and-designer teams. All sessions will offer continuing education.


Boston cannot meet its climate goals without utilizing its greatest built and cultural assets: existing buildings. With aims to become carbon-free by 2050—and with 85 percent of floorspace that Boston will need in 2050 already built—we must recognize and leverage existing buildings for what they are: banks of embodied carbon and material resources, opportunities for improving efficiency, community anchors, and compelling design challenges.

The Matter & Opinion: Existing Buildings series will begin by addressing the first hurdle to embracing existing buildings as climate solutions: building the will.

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View past sessions here. This page will be updated after each session.

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Project presentations

Each presentation features two firms, two clients, and two project stories. Client-and-designer teams will come together to share their experiences with specific projects, and to open up a collective discussion about challenges, benefits, and ways to build the will around continued use and reuse projects.

Curious where your colleagues stand on existing buildings and climate action? Want to understand what the biggest sticking points are? Or consider the value of existing buildings? Check out these survey results below.

Add your perspective to the pool as an AEC professional, an AEC-adjacent professional, or an owner/developer.

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Tickets may be purchased as a single ticket or as part of a series for a discount. View pricing and purchase ticket packs below. For individual sessions, register via the event page.

Individual session | $20, BSA members; $40, nonmembers
2-session pack
| $30, BSA members; $60, nonmembers
7-session pack (full series)
| $120, BSA members; $240, nonmember