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June 30th, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

The Pandemic is a Portal: Sustainability

In conjunction with the Metropolis Sustainability lab at NeoCon,
presented by Aquafil

In the months before COVID-19 struck, the climate crisis was at the top of our minds, with many organizations making significant commitments to tackle this challenge. How can our learning from the current health crisis help us take the sustainability movement to the next stage?

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The Pandemic is a Portal



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Avi Rajagopal

Editor in Chief

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine. He is an expert on product and interior design in the digital age, as a historian of contemporary design as well as a frequent speaker at key industry events. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013). and has contributed to numerous volumes on architecture and design, including Adhocracy (Istanbul Design Biennial, 2012), Making Africa (Vitra Design Museum, 2015) and Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, forthcoming). He has lectured on design history and writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York; the University of Texas at Austin; and the National Institute of Design, India.


Jean Carroon

Jean Carroon

Principal – Design, Preservation and Sustainability

Jean Carroon is a preservation architect, author, educator, and a tireless advocate for the stewardship of existing buildings. She leads the preservation practice at Goody Clancy, a Boston-based design firm committed to building social, economic, and environmental value through a diverse practice embracing architecture, planning, and preservation.

Through her writings, lectures, practice, and professional activities, Jean has significantly increased the nation’s awareness of the importance of and potential for the integration of sustainable design and the stewardship of historic buildings. Her portfolio of historic renovations includes a dozen National Historic Landmark buildings and numerous projects with LEED Platinum and Gold certifications. She is a founding member of the Technical Committee for Sustainability in the Association for Preservation Technology and helped draft the Pocantico Proclamation on Sustainability and Historic Preservation. She is a frequent speaker, teacher, and advocate for holistic design and the author of Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings published by John Wiley & Sons in 2010.

Jean is responsible for projects ranging in size from small free-standing chapels to entire campuses, for clients such as Harvard, Yale, and the U.S. General Services Administration. Her work has been honored with four National Preservation Honor Awards, and her portfolio includes preservation, renovation, and adaptive reuses of such important historic structures as Trinity Church, Bunker Hill Monument, King’s Chapel, McCormack Courthouse and Post Office, and the Massachusetts State House, to name just a few examples local to Boston.

Jean’s service to the profession has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Clem Labine Award and the Harley J. McKee Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association for Preservation Technology International.

Chris Hellstern

Chris Hellstern

Living Building Challenge Services Director

Chris is the Living Building Challenge Services Director, architect and author with The Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle with a variety of project experience including three certified Living Buildings and several more currently in design and construction. His book, Living Building Education, chronicles the story behind his first Living Building, the Bertschi School. Chris founded the Seattle 2030 Roundtable and co-founded the Healthy Materials Collaborative. A Living Future Accredited professional and a Living Building Challenge Hero, Chris is a university guest lecturer and speaker at numerous conferences across the country. He works on state and local environmental policy, publishes articles and volunteers with local school groups mentoring students about sustainable practices and advocacy. As an Affiliate Instructor with the University of Washington, Chris teaches a graduate sustainability course for the College of Built Environments.

Jesse M. Keenan

Jesse M. Keenan

Associate Professor

Jesse M. Keenan is an Associate Professor and social scientist within the faculty of the School of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Keenan leads courses and seminars advancing the interdisciplinary fields of sustainable real estate and urban development. As a globally recognized thought leader, Keenan’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, regulation, planning and financing. Keenan holds concurrent appointments as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and as Special Government Employee Advisor to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission where he co-leads research efforts evaluating the impacts of climate change on financial stability.

Keenan formerly served as the Area Head for Real Estate and Built Environment on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and as the Research Director of the Center for Urban Real Estate on the faculty of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Keenan’s research has partnered with a variety of global actors, including the AIA, Audi, Carnegie Corporation, City of New York, EPA, Goldman Sachs, Google, ICC, Knight Foundation, MoMA, Mori Foundation, Lennar Foundation, NASA, National Security Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Regional Plan Association, RAND Corporation, States of California and Massachusetts, the White House and the U.N. Keenan’s books include Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design (Columbia University Press), Climate Change Adaptation in North America: Experiences, Case Studies and Best Practices (Springer) and Climate Adaptation Finance and Investment in California (Routledge). Keenan holds degrees in the law (J.D., LL.M.) and science of the built environment (M.Sc.), including a Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology.

Jamie Maslyn Larson

Jamie Maslyn Larson

Director of Landscape

Jamie joined BIG in 2019 as Director of Landscape, bringing with her over 20 years of experience as a leader of projects that embody the integration of transformation and design excellence. Her award-winning portfolio has given her a deep understanding of the critical role of the public realm in the shaping of cities, and demonstrates her capacity to execute long-term projects of design quality at every scale. Prior to BIG NYC, Jamie was a Partner at West 8’s New York office and Principal-in-Charge of the firm’s US portfolio, including Governors Island Park and Public Space project’s two phases, most recently the critically acclaimed Hills. Other notable projects include Soundscape Park and South Pointe Park in Miami Beach, FL; Longwood Gardens Main

Fountain Garden in Kennett Square, PA; and Salt Lake City Public Library Project in Utah. Her work spans the country with a range of public and private clients including federal and city public agencies, universities, cultural institutions, and private developers. In addition to her professional work, Jamie has taught at CUNY City College, and lectured at universities such as The University of Rhode Island, The University of Colorado, and Rutgers University.