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Design schools join forces to develop sustainability programs
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Representatives from 40 colleges of art and design across North America will gather together at New York's Pratt Institute to take part in a leadership summit on sustainability. The event aims to help colleges work collectively to build a strategic plan for integrating environmental sustainability education into art and design programs. The program will focus on the future of design education, curricula for a new generation of artists and designers, and strategies for organizational change. More

Register for the 2010 ASID Legislative Symposium

The American Society of Interior Designers presents the Interior Design Legislative Symposium 2010, being held Oct. 22 - 24 in Broomfield, Colo. Join legislative leaders across the country in this unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on state-level grassroots movements and lobbying efforts. Visit to register!

In-office "phone booths" reduce distractions
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When is a "halfalogue" worse than a monologue or a dialogue? Whenever it's being overheard. A study to be published in the journal, Psychological Science, has dubbed the part of a cell phone conversation that is overheard a "halfalogue" and explains why they're so irritating. It's because "the unpredictable informational content of halfalogues . . . results in distraction . . . Less-predictable speech results in more distraction for a listener engaged in other tasks." This finding supports the construction of special, isolated areas for phone calls in offices and policies that encourage the use of those "phone booths." More

Home offices and outdoor living spaces are top choices for special function areas in homes
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Homes are currently being designed with an eye toward affordability due to the dramatic decline in house prices in recent years in most areas of the country. Still, many households are willing to invest in home features, systems and products that promote greater energy efficiency and accessibility throughout the home. Even with the general downsizing of homes, there is growing interest in outside living spaces, home offices, and mud rooms, according to the AIA's Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter of 2010. More

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Custom design . . . from Ikea
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Long the furniture bastion of college students and studio apartment dwellers, Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant, now wants to help people improve their lives. The tagline for this new message—"The Life Improvement Store"—represents the company's first major ad campaign in three years. The new theme is based on the idea that having a custom-designed home can improve a person's life. Ads will showcase people customizing their homes with Ikea furniture and accessories. More

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MOMA exhibit shows we are where we eat
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"Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen," a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, tracks how kitchen design has evolved in the past century or so, from assembly line-like layouts during Industrialization to the proliferation of Tupperware after World War II and beyond. If there's a theme to it all, it's that kitchens and what's inside them have always echoed, and at times rebuked, the political, social and economic tenor of the times. More

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Space planning crucial for modern medical equipment
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Better, smarter, faster and more efficient medical office equipment is creating space challenges in today's medical offices. New technology is evolving so rapidly that many offices need to keep up with it. Moreover, modern medical equipment also gives practitioners more opportunity to customize equipment from a user and aesthetic perspective. Most critical to space planning for new equipment is to have an equipment planning team that understands the types of equipment that are available and their requirements, such as floor flatness, deflection and vibration. More

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#1 Complaint in Green Buildings
What's the number one complaint in green buildings? Poor acoustics. Post occupancy surveys show that respondents are dissatisfied with being able to overhear others talking, as well as with their own level of speech privacy. And over 50 percent state that noise hinders their work. What can you do? MORE

Design innovator Stickley gets his due
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Gustav Stickley is mostly remembered as the furniture maker who reinvented the Morris chair for America and dubbed it the "Stickley chair." A new exhibit at the Newark (NJ) Museum, "Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement," seeks to correct that by showing the many ways Stickley changed design at the beginning of the modern era. More

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Philip Johnson's Glass House compound needs millions in repair
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Philip Johnson's Glass House, a landmark of modern architecture set in the leafy enclave of New Canaan, Connecticut, requires tender care and a lot of money. With maintenance costs high and limitations on how much the endowment can be tapped, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which owns the property, is holding two fundraisers this fall in hopes of garnering $1 million to help with restoration costs. More

Interior designers feel pulled to the dark side
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Living in the dark doesn't have to be scary. More homeowners are boldly choosing black and its closely associated navy and aubergine hues for wall colors. We're seeing the sleek look in powder rooms, kitchens and living rooms. Even bedrooms. More

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