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Keeping Up with the Elders: Senior Living Offers Choice, Convenience
Michael J. Berens
For some time now, senior living has been migrating from a healthcare model to a hospitality model. While availability and quality-of-care services still rank high on the list of priorities for residents and their loved ones, today's healthier, more active seniors want a living environment that is less institutional and more conducive to socializing and keeping fit. For those who can afford to pay, the options are almost limitless.
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ASID Announces Commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative
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At this year's Clinton Global Initiative America meeting, the ASID, in partnership with 11 organizations, announced its new CGI commitment to developing "ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design" that could improve the well-being of 1 million people through better building design and construction. ASID will train 40,000 interior designers and architects across the country to use these protocols to create spaces that promote occupants' health and to specify healthier products and materials.
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REGREEN Registration Is Open for Fall Workshops in Cincinnati, Dallas, Portland
ASID
The REGREEN workshop is on the road again this fall! This is your chance to attend the REGREEN Implementation Workshop, a one-day interactive class full of ideas to help you bring sustainable and healthy design strategies to your clients, as it is presented in Cincinnati, Dallas and Portland. The course is the perfect opportunity to address your industry-specific green challenges, engage with area design professionals and add to your required continuing education units. Part of the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program, the workshop offers 0.8 HSW CEU (IDCEC), which can also be used for LEED CMP.
     When: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
     Where: See the REGREEN Implementation Workshop Schedule for specific location details

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Watch Grace Jeffers Present Man Made vs. Natural on Sept. 18 Live Stream
ASID
On Thursday, Sept. 18, you are invited to be a part of The Wilsonart Cre8ivity Tour. Watch live and earn 0.1 CEU credit, as design historian Grace Jeffers defines the blurred line between what is real and what is manufactured in the world of materials. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. (CDT). Use passcode "wilsonart" for complete access. Don't miss the event that you'll want to talk about!
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New Law Expands Interior Design Practice Rights in Massachusetts
Dexigner
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed into law the Interior Design Bidding Bill H. 4303, which establishes the right of designers to bid as the prime contractor on state contracts and recognizes the profession of interior design within the state of Massachusetts.
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Would Winning the Lottery Change You as an Interior Designer?
WSI Designer Marketplace
Interior design being such a particularly passionate profession, the editors at Designer Marketplace thought it would be interesting to ask a few of your favorite interior designers how they would answer this query. Their answers may surprise you.
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Architecture Billings Index Reaches Highest Score in Seven Years
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Things are looking good in the design and construction industry, according to the latest Architecture Billings Index released by the American Institute of Architects, which reported that the July ABI score was 55.8, up from 53.5 in June, and the highest mark since 2007. July's score marks the third consecutive month of growth, breaking the recent ABI pattern of two months of progress after two months of contractions.
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LEDs: Decoding Color Performance
Architectural Lighting
Advances in LED color quality are presenting serious challenges to the Color Rendering Index and Correlated Color Temperature. These two metrics, developed in an era of incandescent and fluorescent lamps, are still widely used by the lighting industry to communicate the color performance of all sources. Although their limitations have long been known, the rapid proliferation of LEDs has prompted the development of better metrics to predict their specific color rendering ability.
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Informed Design = Good Design
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Good design starts with good process. But in a world where technology and demographic shifts are constantly in flux, how is an interior designer to know what is "good"? While data can't give us all of the answers, they can help give each iteration of a design the feedback necessary to getting closer to good.
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State of the Furniture Industry Continues to Improve
Editor at Large
According to the July Michael A. Dunlap & Associates' Furniture Industry Index, which surveyed the success of more than 250 furniture manufacturers, business is good. The index stands at 55.6*, which is significantly higher compared to April at 54.6 and January at 54.3.
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The Best Butter Knife Ever and Nine Other Brilliant Redesigns
The Washington Post
For designers, figuring out a way to improve upon goods that seem perpetually immutable presents a tantalizing challenge. The trick, however, is to come up with a design that smooths over the inherent flaws in a product, while still retaining its classic simplicity. Here are some examples of clever concepts that may have pulled it off through nothing more than slight alterations.
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Appealing to Millennial Remodeling Clients
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Cracking the code on better understanding and appealing to the millennial generation of homeowners isn't as complicated as you might think. At the core, these homeowners are looking to work with a remodeler who produces amazing results, communicates well and delivers wonderful service.
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Would You Work for Free?
Design Biz Blueprint
We all love to create and design so much we'll happily do it for free — but as soon as you let your clients know that, you're in trouble!
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How Much Does an Interior Designer Cost?
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A 20-year design veteran tackles why the answer to that question is "It depends," and stirs up the design community in the process.
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Using Multiple Entities in Your Corporate Asset Protection Planning
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
For many business owners, the strategy of using a multi-entity corporate structure goes beyond the tax and financial benefits of "S" and "C" corporations. In this article, we will explain additional multiple-entity asset protection concepts that can help you better shield business assets from lawsuits and other liabilities.
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The Goldilocks Principle of Non-slip Flooring
Architecture & Design
What exactly are the most appropriate slip resistance levels? "Most of the problems we have seem to revolve around people assuming that more slip resistance is better, but too much slip resistance can be worse," says Intertile Research managing director Richard Bowman. "It is important that one gets it just right — not too slippery, and not too slip resistant."
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Six Home Bath Products for Clean Design
Architect
Residential bathrooms, spas and pool areas afford clients an opportunity to create an at-home oasis while also accommodating the accessibility needs of young children and older adults. These products offer features such as integrated sensors, zero-clearance transitions, storage and lustrous finishes that aim to meet the range of aesthetic desires and mobility needs, indoors and outdoors.
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Using Smaller Appliances Can Have Big Results
Builder
Space isn't the only thing smaller appliances will save — their reduced size promises energy and water savings as well. As demand grows, manufacturers are offering space-saving versions of their major appliances.
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Senior Living Offers Choice, Convenience
Michael J. Berens
Senior living is migrating from a healthcare model to a hospitality model. Today's seniors want a living environment that is less institutional and more conducive to socializing and keeping fit.

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Open Offices Roll Out Red Carpet for Thieves
Fast Company's Co.Design
Open offices may be a bit too open, as reports show more burglaries in tech-heavy neighborhoods. Laptops and unassigned desks make it easy to snag someone else's stuff.

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Putting a Price on Retail
Design Management Company
Designers know their clients are requesting off-the-shelf retail products for their projects. For designers this creates a conundrum. How do you mark up a retail product whose price is known to the client?

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ASHRAE Standard 189, ICC's IgCC and LEED Program Will Align
Contractor
ASHRAE, the International Code Council, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council have signed a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code and the LEED green building program.
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Greening Bathrooms Without Sacrificing Guest Experience
TreeHugger
According to Airbnb, guests in Europe renting a home use 45 percent less water than when staying in a hotel. But there is more to a bathroom than saving water; materials also play an important role.
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How to Sell Green Without Greenwashing
Sustainable Furnishings Council
Research shows that consumers will pay more for environmentally safe and eco-friendly products, but the research also shows they do not know what to look for or what questions to ask. It is up to you to make the most of the opportunity — for increased sales and for our future.
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Living Walls Are a Viable Way to Bring the Outside In
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via Los Angeles Daily News
Large walls can pose a decorating dilemma, but thinking of them as blank canvases can allow for creativity and fun. You can paint them, wallpaper them, cover them in artwork. But a new option may be to grow them. Sustainable walls packed with plants are moving indoors.
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Lean vs. Green: Adding Plants to Workplace Environments
Research Design Connections
Principles of lean office management increasingly call for space to be stripped of extraneous decorations so that it can flexibly accommodate changing numbers of people and different office functions within the same area. A recent study found, however, that enriching a previously lean office with plants served to significantly increase workplace satisfaction, self-reported levels of concentration, perceived air quality, perceived productivity, actual productivity and employee engagement.
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In Redesigned Room, Hospital Patients May Feel Better Already
The New York Times
Can good design help heal the sick? After months of testing a model patient room at the University Medical Center of Princeton, patients in the model room rated food and nursing care higher than patients in the old rooms did, although the meals and care were the same. But the real eye-opener was this: Patients also asked for 30 percent less pain medication.
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This Brand of Design-Savvy Hotels Is Built for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur
When the price is nice, who's to argue if a hotel has no room service? The select-service category — hotels that typically lack restaurants and offer amenities in moderation — has grown 38 percent in North America in the past six years, according to Smith Travel Research, showing that travelers are booking with an eye on the bottom line. Still, there's plenty of room for style.
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Branded Lounge Could Make Travel Through LaGuardia Airport More Enjoyable
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American Express has opened The Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport, catering to the high-end traveler. This is just one of a list of ongoing improvements the Port Authority has made to modernize LaGuardia Airport, highlighted by a $3.6 billion investment campaign that features a brand-new Central Terminal Building.
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How to Muffle Noise Issues in Open Offices
Building Operating Management
Of the complaints levied against open offices, one of the most common is noise issues. Noise levels and sound privacy have the lowest ranking qualities in an office setting, according to research by the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. The key is to implement solutions at the design stage, rather than try to retrofit a bandage solution once the space is occupied.
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