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Building Research Information Knowledgebase: AIA, NIBS Launch Digital Library
Launched by the American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Building Research Information Knowledgebase is an interactive portal offering free online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of the built environment, from pre-design through occupancy and reuse.
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Registration Deadline Extended for Legislative Symposium
It's not too late to register for the 2013 ASID Legislative Symposium, Feb. 1–3, in Dallas. Due to high demand, the deadline has been extended until Jan. 16. Sign up now to earn seven IDCEC-approved CEU credits, while learning how the legislative process works and exchanging best practices with colleagues. Click here to view the full agenda and to register.
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Be Sure to Update Your My ASID Profile
We hope you've taken some time already to experience the new The redesigned site features numerous enhancements and new ways for members to connect with each other and with potential clients. In order to maximize the site's features, members must create or update their My ASID profiles, so log in today to add your headshot, project photos, firm information and more.
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Nominate a Colleague for the ASID Design Awards!
Nominations are now open for the ASID Design Awards. This is your opportunity to nominate an organization or colleague who has made significant contributions toward the advancement of the interior design profession, while exemplifying a commitment to enhancing the quality of life. To nominate, complete a nomination form and email to by Jan. 20.
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Exposing the Secret Ingredients
Healthy building materials — and a transparent system to evaluate them — are the keys to healthy buildings, says Metropolis editor in chief Susan Szenasy.
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The Word for 2013: Moderation
Lloyd Alter has decided this is the year to remember — and practice — advice from some early American authors: "Moderation in all things, especially moderation." Taking a purposeful, measured approach should become a way of life, he argues.
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Designers Say: More Chintz, Less "Cool"
The Wall Street Journal
With a bright new year ahead, designers make their resolutions, like the rest of us. But unlike the general public taking aim at that extra 10 pounds, what they resolve to do could become the look of the next 12 months, for everyone, everywhere.
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2013 Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey Results Available
Discovering new strategies that financially successful designers use to earn six-figure incomes can transform how you approach your businesses to achieve higher incomes and more satisfaction with your career.
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How to Allocate Your Time and Your Effort
Harvard Business Review
Here's the secret to time management and success: Your colleagues who zoom ahead of you with seemingly less effort have learned to recognize and excel in what really counts — and to aim for less than perfect in everything else. To achieve more success, you should fully leverage your strengths instead of constantly trying to shore up your weaknesses.
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The Science Behind Persuading People
The Wall Street Journal
One of the most crucial skills to improving your career may be the ability to persuade people to see things your way. Social norms can play an important role in getting customers, colleagues and businesses to do the things you'd like them to do — such as making a particular purchase or agreeing to your position over a deal.
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Strategy Meetings are Important for a Successful Interior Design Business
Molloy Management
We all hear about goal-setting and resolutions for the New Year, and consultant Julia Molloy is all for it. "But I think there is something that comes first," she writes. Her recommendation: a strategy session.
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More Referrals, More Profits
Partnerships between remodelers and kitchen/bath designers have proven greatly successful in recent years. Benefits include increasing revenues, boosting margins, smoother project execution and happier clients. Here's how and why these partnerships work.
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"Better Living Design" Standard Introduced
Kitchen & Bath Design News
With universal design going mainstream, it comes as no surprise that a national standard — Better Living Design — is on its way, and that kitchen and bath design in particular will be positively impacted.
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Tiny Houses Conquering New Territories
Admittedly, tiny houses are all the rage nowadays, and not only because of the recent wave of foreclosures. As cities get more crowded and people more mobile, tiny houses are becoming as much a lifestyle choice as a necessity.
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An Unusual Take on the Transforming Micro-Apartment
A 290-square-foot micro-apartment, known as the Casa en una Maleta (House in a Suitcase) takes an unusual approach to tiny space planning. Placing absolutely nothing against the walls, instead its furnishings all stem from a central structure described as a cross between a suitcase and furniture.
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Repurposed Materials: Designers See the Light
DesignBuild Source
More than a call to arms on the green front, "recycle, reuse, repurpose" is becoming a mantra for new age designers, sparking new trends in lighting design.
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ECOHOME Launches Second Year of Vision 2020
ECOHOME magazine is kicking off the 2013 Vision 2020 initiative, the second year of a unique team-driven research program to identify and explore critical challenges to sustainability. The 2013 program will engage some of the nation's foremost experts in key sectors of sustainable design who will convene quarterly to share research, uncover technological innovations and map a critical path toward sustainability.
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The Sustainable Design Revolution is Coming
Solar Feeds
With climate change's effects becoming more and more evident, people are seeking ways to remove, or at least reduce, the environmental footprint of their activities.
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Hospitality Industry Ratifies Commitment to Sustainable Design
TravelDaily News
Banding together to create a new standard for hotel design, leaders at the Futuregreen Hospitality Forum have signed a statement that outlines a series of sustainable goals, specifically a renewed emphasis on using goods made regionally (within 500 miles of the project site).
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The Cost of Going (or Not Going) Green
Healthcare Design
What if it was possible to reduce hospital spending nationwide by $5 billion in just five years, and to triple that in 10? A study from nonprofit organization The Commonwealth Fund is saying it isn't just possible, but it's already being done — at least on a smaller scale. So what's the secret? Sustainability.
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Seeing Red While Working
Research Design Connections
How does color affect people at work? Ongoing research has pegged red as a motivator for strength-based, short-lived tasks (think power lifting). But the color has a detrimental effect on workers who must complete skills-based motor tasks or anything that requires concentration and mental manipulation.
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10 Office Design Tips to Foster Creativity
Exactly how do the smartest, most collaborative small companies use office design to reinforce their culture and inspire creativity? Furniture-maker Turnstone recently visited 19 of America's coolest small businesses to find out.
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Rethinking Design
Hospitality Interiors
Changing the world of hospitality one project at a time, Amsterdam-based Concrete has implemented some of the sector's most progressive and influential design concepts in recent years. Hospitality Interiors' Katie Sherry speaks to Concrete's founder and head designer, Rob Wagemans, to find out more about the company's contemporary focus and its impact on the industry as a whole.
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