Building Our Sustainable Future: What Boston Can Learn From Sweden's Cities



Lecture :: Building Our Sustainable Future:
What Boston Can Learn From Sweden's Cities
Stephen Messinger, John Worthington Ames Scholar 2012
Wednesday February 27, 2013 at 7 pm
320 Newbury Street, Cascieri Hall, 2nd Floor

Sweden's leaders and municipalities invest time, money, energy, thinking, and political capital into sustainable initiatives from the smallest bike pump to the largest infrastructure projects. Cities such as Malmo and Stockholm leverage local and international expertise from a wide variety of fields including design, construction, planning, politics, education, development, property management, systems, and science and technology. Together they build and rebuild cities of the past into cities of the future.

With support from the 2012 John Worthington Ames Scholarship, Stephen Messinger traveled through Sweden and lived in a passiv haus in Vastra Hamnen, a Swedish neighborhood that targets energy neutrality. While abroad, he met with community leaders/officials, and explored the successes and failures of a country striving to make itself an energy independent leader in sustainable design, thinking, and practice.

This presentation will showcase some of the work currently underway or recently completed in Sweden in the realm of building and developing sustainable cities. From these experiences and through his investigations, Stephen continues to ask the question, "What can Boston learn from this?" as he continues to search for ways to apply this new knowledge here at home.

Stephen Messinger (BAC alumnus, 2011) pursues his passion of sustainable design and thinking vigorously in all aspects of his life from academic to professional to personal. Stephen currently works for KlingStubbins in Cambridge in all phases of design from concept to construction, and can be found traveling by bicycle on most days, rain or shine.

Lecture refreshments sponsored by BAC Institutional Advancement. Lecture hosted by AIAS BAC.

To learn more about the John Worthington Ames Scholarship, please attend the Info Session, held prior to the Ames Scholar 2012 Lecture.