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Boomers Benefit from Sustainable Age-in-Place Homes
ICON Online
Every design pro knows about sustainable design these days. But with the expanding population of 76 million baby boomers, designing a "sustainable life" at home may just be the next big "sustainable design" trend. Since the best place to spend retirement years would be in a home of one's own choosing, it makes sense to create spaces that combine both safe, secure and barrier-free concepts with green, eco-friendly choices for the ultimate boomer interior.
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Save the Dates for 2013 Real World Design Week: Nov. 3 – 9
ASID
Mark your calendars for the first week of November — ASID Real World Design Week (RWDW) is coming back this fall to connect students with designers all over the country! Stay tuned for more information on the Society's largest national volunteer program; registration will open in late summer/early fall. Visit www.asid.org/rwdw for more information!
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Leadership is frequently cited as the most important skill for business in the 21st century. The leadership training and development opportunities provided by ASID to its volunteers have long been cited by recipients as a major catalyst for both professional and personal growth. Open to all interior designers, learn more about how you can build your leadership skills through the new ASID Leadership Academy.
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Experience the ASID Impact Report
ASID
ASID is continually focused on emphasizing not only the benefits of the Society but also the importance of design on the world around us, both as a potential profession and to potential clients. Its 2013 annual Impact Report highlights ASID achievements and plans for the future, illustrating the immense community of interior designers and the breadth of impact we continue to have.
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How Technology Will Support an Aging America
U.S. News & World Report
The digital technology revolution is intersecting with the realities of an aging society. One powerful focal point of these developments is "aging-in-place."
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It Takes a Tech Lab: The Essential Role of Building Technology Research
Perkins + Will
Since the Industrial Revolution and the advent of economically produced steel and float glass, building technology has advanced at an exponential rate. The Perkins + Will Building Technology Laboratory — the Tech Lab — contributes to that effort by focusing on five primary activities.
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Chin Up, Chintz Down
Interiors & Sources
Debbie Designer is perplexed by a textile pattern that has been part of design ethos for. . . oh, 400 years or so. "Why does chintz exist? How has it managed to stick around for so long when things like Twin Peaks and Twinkies have come and gone without a fight?"
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Steelcase CEO to Retire in 2014
MLive.com
After nearly two decades as chief executive of Steelcase, Jim Hackett will retire in 2014. He announced his succession plan in mid-July, setting the course for the company's transition.
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The Future of Design Education: Teaching Innovation
Interior Design
Ask any student or faculty member about interior design education today and invariably you'll hear about interdisciplinary collaboration — the merging of specialties — and professional interaction and experience.
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The Price is Right: How to Competitively Price Your Product or Service
American Express OPEN Forum
In the life of every entrepreneur, you have to decide how to price your product or service. If you make things too expensive, you'll lose customers. If everything is too cheap, you'll lose money. So, how do you figure it all out?
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Fringe Benefit Plans: Valuable Planning Tools for Your Business
MultiBriefs
As authors of a number of books on financial planning, David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA, have had the opportunity to speak with hundreds, if not thousands, of business owners and executives. Nearly all of them — including interior designers — want to pay less in taxes and earn more in profits. Fortunately, both qualified retirement plans and fringe benefit plans can help you address these challenges in significant ways.
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Crowdsourced Interior Design Startup Raises $200,000, Eyes New Markets
The Next Web
CoContest, a startup that is essentially "designs for interior (rather than graphic) design," has raised $200,000 in funding with the aims of developing its product, growing its audience and expanding into new markets, particularly in Latin America. Is this business model right for you?
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Why Your Website Needs to Work Across Multiple Devices
MultiBriefs
From checking email to surfing to tweeting about a TV show or finding out about a product, your customers are mobile and spend a considerable amount of time away from the desktop computer. Building a website that showcases your business on smartphones, tablets — even TV screens — is the new norm.
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Have E-Books Deleted the Home Library?
WSI Designer Marketplace
The rise of electronic publishing, e-readers and online information consumption is forcing designers to rethink how the home library is used.
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Reappraising Color
Interiors & Sources
As exhilarating as it can be working with the whites, blacks and neutral tones that had been prevalent for some time, feeling the freedom to reach for a bold splash of color is a refreshing upset to any sense of complacency that may have invaded interior design. It adds a dimension of emotional resonance and response like nothing else can.
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Bottoms Up: 10 Amazing Home Bars
Forbes
Gathering over a few drinks at a bar or pub to share ideas and catch up on friends' lives has long been an important part of community life. But the pub has gone home: The home bar has become one of the quintessential bonus rooms in homes today.
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Three Random Luxury Home Features You Need in Your Imaginary Dream House
The Huffington Post
When it comes to how a high-end house should look, everybody has an opinion. But in case you're lacking in inspiration, The Huffington Post decided to help by sharing three luxury home features every imaginary dream house needs.
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Small Remodeling Budgets, Big Upgrades
Kiplinger
Not everyone has a fortune stashed away for a major home remodel. So smaller-scale projects, such as replacing windows, siding or a front door, are gaining in popularity among homeowners.
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Garage Makeovers Mine Tricky Relationship Territory
The Denver Post
Our garages, our selves: It's complicated. Purging and perfecting this most-maligned, often biggest room of the house tends to bring out the hidden hoarder in us — and highlight the different priorities under one roof.
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Kitchen Design Evolves to Match Space Usage
Houston Chronicle
The kitchen's role has evolved. As the heart of the home, the kitchen is where households and friends gather, whether it's day-to-day life or weekend entertaining. Therefore, the kitchen's functionality must evolve to match the way the space is being used.
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Sustainable Flooring: It's Paper
Portland Tribune
When people replace their home flooring, one of the first steps is parking a dumpster in front of their house. But Texas transplant Lisa Raymer has devised a creative way to make beautiful floors without tearing out the old one.
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LEED v4 Integrates Cradle to Cradle Program for Sustainable Products
Environmental Leader
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED v4 rating system, approved in July, includes the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products program, a circular economy system in which manufacturers and designers create products with technical materials that can be used in continuous cycles or biological ones that can be disposed of in any natural environment and decompose into the soil.
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The Value, Literally, of Green Design
Research Design Connections
In dollars and cents, what is green certification worth? A recent study from Singapore finds buyers are willing to pay as much as 8 percent more for certified buildings.
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New York City Building Codes Changing to Promote "Active Design"
The Associated Press via USA Today
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is continuing his effort to boost public health through city policy by rolling out new building codes that promote "active design," or shaping the built environment to encourage physical activity.
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"Hotel Without Guests" Lets Industry Test Technology, Designs, Ideas
Hotel Chatter
One floor of a new building in Germany is set to become a "hotel without guests" that features "11 room types, from 3-star comfort to luxury suites, as well as a large reception area with a bar and a cafe." Each room is designed differently in an effort to test and showcase various strategies. This allows those in the hotel industry to easily compare rooms, layouts, designs, concepts and more.
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The Growing Challenges of Designing Around Technology
Healthcare Design
What does a "typical" patient room look like in order to integrate tablet-wielding doctors, wall-mounted monitors, as-yet-unthought-of medical equipment and more? The infiltration of technology into all aspects of healthcare is among the top challenges facing those who design the physical space to accommodate those rapidly shifting sands of progress.
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Eight Ambulatory Trends
Health Facilities Management
Ambulatory care accounts for approximately one-third of healthcare spending in the U.S., slightly more than inpatient care. Like traditional hospital buildings, ambulatory care facilities require careful planning to match the physical environment to the needs of the community as efficiently as possible. There are eight emerging trends to watch.
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DeafSpace Design: Clear Line of Sight
Metropolis
The new dormitory at Gallaudet University exudes raw energy. Rough wood planks, exposed steel, polished concrete and gleaming bamboo unite to provide architectural muscle. But the real power comes from a barely detectable dynamic: how the building functions for the people inside.
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Benefits of Sustainable Age-in-Place Homes
ICON Online
With the ever-expanding population of 76 million baby boomers, designing a "sustainable life" at home may just be the next big "sustainable design" trend.

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Meet the Curbed Young Guns Semifinalists
Curbed
After months of sifting through hundreds of nominations and interviewing panelists, the shortlist for the 2013 Curbed Young Guns is complete and ready for its debut.

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Five New Design Books Hit Shelves This Summer
The Editor at Large
Just because the summer sees fewer book releases than spring and fall doesn't mean the books are any less worthwhile. Here's what you can expect to see new on shelves this summer.

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Workplace Trend: Are Open Floor Plans Out?
Philadelphia Business Journal
Gensler's national 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey found that increasingly common open floor office design can lead to workers being distracted and losing focus — therefore reducing productivity. Does this signal the end of the open-space office?
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BIM for Interior Design Solutions
Archinect
In today's modern world, every interior designer, even when working on smaller projects, is able to benefit from using building information modeling for interior design. BIM is an effective, affordable and efficient tool for analyzing and evaluating space, communicating ideas and also assists in forecasting the performance of a finished building.
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New Wayfinding Technology, Ordinance Changes Offer Challenges
Maintenance Solutions
From wayfinding and emergency exit signage to lockout/tagout products, equipment labeling and identification, maintenance and engineering managers need to address a range of essential areas in selecting signage and sign-making equipment for their departments and facilities.
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