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European trends heat up American kitchens
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Painted and exotic-wood cabinets, appliances boasting wireless connectivity, and handsfree faucets are some of the hot trends from overseas. Not all European innovations are finding favor here. Cabinets, prep islands and other units that can be raised and lowered have not yet caught on with U.S. consumers, nor refrigerators with drawers but no shelves. More

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Tight funding, turmoil jostle the ABI
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The AIA Architecture Billings Index fell almost three points in April to 47.6, a level that indicates declining demand for architecture services. The index of inquiries for new projects fell 3.7 points to 55.0, but remains above the 50 mark that indicates expansion. The declines may not indicate a wide reversal in demand since April included unusual factors, like the threat of a U.S. government shutdown and destructive storms. However, funding for construction projects remains an obstacle as large lenders are reluctant to fund projects. More

Better spaces make for better meetings
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People who design and manage workplace environments will not be surprised that a recent study determined that "effective meeting design warrants holistic attention to all meeting aspects." The study "identified specific relationships to [perceived] meeting quality for several facility quality characteristics, including lighting [more appropriate is better], meeting space [better if it can support number of attendees, meeting purpose, and meeting technological and practical requirements], refreshments, and temperature [more comfortable better]." Additional details on parameters such as lighting levels and temperature were not provided. More

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Baby boomers will reshape concepts of retirement communities
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Forget the notion of traditional, seniors-only, golf-based retirement communities tucked on the edges of distant suburbs. Some experts think the future of retirement living depends not on segregation but rather on social connection—specifically, what their residents have in common. Almost 60 percent of second-half baby boomers say they plan to buy a new home when they retire, according to a recent Baby Boomer Report. But people don't want to move away from the life of the broader community. They want to live near their neighbors and the activities they have done all their adult lives. More

Difference—the secret sauce in Universal Design
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In an interview with Monica Ponce de Leon, dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, NPR's Robert Siegel provides an insight into Universal Design that makes explicit what often goes unspoken. Universal Design is about difference. Good design solutions accommodate difference by, how obvious, being different—even subtly different within "identical spaces." More



Blogger compiles list of top 20 African American interior designers
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Every time she delivered a speech to high school students or sat on a panel for a discussion about interior design, African American designer and blog editor Kimberly Ward of Pink Eggshell knew she represented the minority. The question repeatedly arose, who are the top African American designers? The question prompted her to compile a list. She took suggestions from other designers, design center staff from around the country, local realtors and home builders. More

Facilities pull back on sustainability initiatives
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Interest in sustainability initiatives has waned in most facilities sectors, according to the FP+A Facilities Trend Survey for the first quarter of 2011. Overall, the results show expansion has stalled, with only the government, educational and institutional sectors showing signs of improvement. Plans to renovate existing space exceed plans to add space by leasing or new construction. More



From ICFF, the state of green furnishings
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Metropolis magazine blogger Jade Dressler found little to like in this year's sustainable furnishings offerings at ICFF. While she did see exciting trends with aspects of green consciousness, she saw less innovation than she hoped for. Her overall assessment: Most of the designs rate a "C." More

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Middle-schoolers nab prize for classroom furniture design
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Beating out graduate-school contenders from the likes of RISD and Pratt, the School at Columbia and its team of 8th graders took the top prize at this year's ICFF. As part of the Tools for Schools program, the creative consultancy Aruliden guided the class through every step of the design process—from research to mood boards and 3-D modeling to production. The resulting table, chair, and lockers—which made their debuts ICFF—are nothing short of inspiring: well-made pieces that display not only a fine attention to function but the flourishes that make designs pop. More
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LJ's Design Institute explores changing place of libraries
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Library Journal's ninth Design Institute revolved around the idea that libraries' role as a community center is in the ascendancy. "We're moving books out and moving comfortable new furnishings in. We're moving books out and replacing them with coffee shops," said Dan Gjelten, the director of University of St. Thomas Libraries in Saint Paul. "Clearly users are looking for a different kind of environment to work in, and we are trying to accommodate that with technology and furnishings." More

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Denmark's new Bella Sky Hotel boasts a stunning green interior
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The newly opened Bella Sky Hotel is impressive on the outside—it's the largest hotel in Scandinavia and it boasts a wild 15 degree lean—but the inside is equally as unique. The furnishings are all natural, the lobby is covered in a huge living wall, and a huge LED centerpiece subtly changes the inside light to mimic the shifting Danish sky. In fact, the entire design by 3XN is designed to evoke Northern Europe's connection with the natural world. More

Designing outdoor environments for children with autism
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Research and design considerations for creating outdoor, nature-based spaces for children with autism and other special needs are explored in the latest issue of Implications, a research newsletter on design and human behavior produced by InformeDesign. The article reviews research on the benefits of outdoor play for children, gives an overview of symptoms and therapies for autism, and concludes with design considerations for outdoor spaces used by children with autism. More

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US National CAD Standard updated
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The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) recently announced the release of the newest edition of the United States National CAD Standard (NCS). NCS Version 5 is now available online. The NCS helps architects, constructors and operators coordinate efforts by classifying electronic design data consistently and making information retrieval easier. NCS Version 5 is the first update to the standard in three years. Unlike previous versions, Version 5 is web-based, making it available at any time. More



Cozy up to curvy furniture
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According to a new study from Oregon State University, people react more positively to, and prefer to socialize in, spaces filled with curvy forms and shapes, as opposed to rectangles. In the study, more than 100 undergraduate students viewed four computer-drafted room interiors and rated how each made them feel. Participants stated that the curvy rooms made them feel happier, more hopeful, comfortable and relaxed than the sharp-angled rooms. More


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