An image of the Sharma Springs house
The Sharma Springs House in Bali, Indonesia, an icon of sustainable architecture

Faculty member Denise DeLuca has been featured in a Quartz Magazine article. Through interviews with various professional designers, the article contextualizes the importance of sustainable design and the ethical responsibility of designers, as well as the implications of the term ‘sustainable design’. 

Defining sustainable design as the creation of  “less bad versions of something unsustainable” is the biggest misunderstanding of the term, DeLuca says in the article. “There’s no such thing as clean coal,” she continues, referring to the effort to design cars with more efficient engines. “There’s cleaner burning but you cannot burn fossil fuels at all if you want to be sustainable.”

DeLuca, who is on the board of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, says designers have a unique role in finding out-of-the-box solutions for the climate emergency.

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