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– Written by India Knott – May 1, 2023

Climate Salon Podcast Series Launches in Partnership with SketchUp and Dezeen to Inspire Sustainable Living

It's been an absolute privilege to collaborate with some of the brightest minds in the industry to bring this series to fruition.

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Climate Salon podcast series in partnership with Trimble SketchUp and Dezeen, following an incredible launch dinner at Milan Design week.

With SketchUp’s cutting-edge software and Dezeen’s unmatched design expertise, we’re confident that this podcast series will be a game-changer in the conversation around climate change. We can’t wait to share these exciting discussions with our listeners, and we hope you’ll join us on this journey to a more sustainable future.

The Climate Salon podcast series with SketchUp is a must-listen for anyone interested in sustainable living. In this inaugural episode, Dezeen and SketchUp bring together a panel of industry heavyweights spanning design, architecture, and technology to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: building and living sustainably.

Each episode is an insightful conversation with experts from diverse backgrounds who offer unique perspectives on sustainability. From discussing the importance of sustainability education to exploring regenerative architecture, Climate Salon aims to inspire change through collaboration and innovation. The series also focuses on the role of technology in reducing emissions and highlights readily available tools that designers and engineers can use today.

In the first episode of the Climate Salon podcast series this conversation covers a wide range of topics. From eco-friendly materials and cutting-edge design software to offering practical insights and thought-provoking ideas that will inspire you to think differently about the way we build and live in our homes. 

Hosted by Dezeen’s design and environment editor, Jennifer Hahn, the panel consisted of designer Tom Dixon, founder of Norwegian architecture firm Helen & Hard, Siv Helene Stangeland, and SketchUp’s very own Sumele Adelana, Architecture designer and product specialist at Trimble SketchUp. Together, they explore the importance of taking a universal approach to sustainable living, working across industries and disciplines to reduce the environmental impact of building and designing for homes.

The discussion ranged from the role of designers in educating consumers on sustainable materials to the potential of co-living as a more sustainable model for housing people. The panel also highlighted the significance of upholding the basic principles of designing long-lasting and appealing homes and products, emphasizing the need for leadership in promoting sustainable practices. Without champions at the top, sustainable practices can only be an add-on to existing work or not implemented at all. Meanwhile, Siv Helene Stangeland, called for political change to support industry practices. As she pointed out, the building industry is embedded in old systems that need to be changed collectively, with support from governments.

Upcoming episodes delve into integrating nature into the design process, inclusive design practices and new green technologies. Opinion pieces from SketchUp that relate to the series’ topics will also be released over the coming months.

SketchUp’s 3D design software is a valuable tool used by architects, interior designers, engineers and product designers worldwide. With Climate Salon, SketchUp is committed to supporting sustainable design practices that protect our planet for future generations.