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Smart Buildings, Smart Cities Take Center Stage in 2014
Allen McHale
There is a clear direction that will take us down the path to reach our destination of a low-carbon economy in the 21st century: simply putting a lot more effort into reducing CO2 emissions in buildings and cities.
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ASID President's Letter: Strategic Plan in Action
ICON Online
ASID President Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C, has spent the past several months crisscrossing the country, representing the Society at industry events and engaging with members to find out what works — and what can work better — from a membership perspective. Find out more about the initiatives underway to position the Society as the core of the design network.
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Daltile Scholarship Shines a Light on Rising Stars
ASID Foundation
In this year's Daltile Interior Design Scholarship challenge, titled Operation Renovation, students studying interior design will compete for more than $25,000 in scholarships, with the grand prize winner receiving a $10,000 scholarship. This year's new format, design challenge and criteria ensure that the rising stars of interior design will truly shine.
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Empower Design, Empower the Future
ASID Foundation
As you reflect on the many opportunities you have to share with others, please consider making a commitment to the ASID Foundation. Your tax-deductible gift will help build a better design community, with the added benefit of supporting programs for those in need. You can make an online donation to the ASID Foundation, by visiting the ASID website or using PayPal.
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Google's Next Challenge: Smart Appliances
Fox Business
Google has agreed to buy intelligent home appliance startup Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant will help Nest's suite of smart appliances expand into more countries.
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Home of the Future Features Energy-Saving Devices
North American Precis Syndicate via Scoop San Diego
Here's a look at some of the latest technology that can be seen in a model home designed to showcase energy efficiency: The New American Home, created by the National Association of Home Builders Leading Suppliers Council.
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Whole Health in the Built Environment
ASID ICON
Today's design of the built environment is filled with many new and unique challenges that we have never faced before, the least of which includes the preservation of human health in relation to the built environment. Designing for human health requires an interdisciplinary approach.
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National Building Museum Event Examines Healthy, Healing Spaces
National Building Museum
There's a new trend emerging in healthcare design: generative spaces that complement a culture focused on wellness. Be at the forefront of this development by attending "Healthy, Healing Spaces," the first of three special programs the National Building Museum will host this year on generative design.
When: Feb. 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: The National Building Museum | 401 F Street NW | Washington, D.C.
Cost: $12 Museum and ASID members | $12 student | $20 nonmember
Registration: Preregister online today

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You Are Here: A New Approach to Signage and Wayfinding
Dexigner
Signage plays a critical and ubiquitous role in how we orient ourselves within our built environment. Adopting an active and creative role, these supporting graphic markers elicit a deeper exploration of the interior of a place. These compact icons also double as a strategic branding mechanism, introducing an engaging and memorable component between points A and B.
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Researchers Making a 3-D Printer That Can Build a House in 24 Hours
Business Insider
At The University of Southern California, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has built a colossal 3-D printer that can build a house in 24 hours. Khoshnevis's robot comes equipped with a nozzle that spews out concrete and can build a home based on a set computer pattern.
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Luxury Goods Market Booming
Inc.
The number of luxury goods buyers is expected grow by 10 million per year, fueled by increased wealth among consumers in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
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Evolving Models of Practice
DesignIntelligence
As A&D firms face stiffening global competition and commoditization of their services, they continue to explore new ways to create and deliver value. As models and roles change, design firms may find themselves competing against companies that were formerly consultants or partners.
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The Role of Color Psychology in Marketing
Callbox
For some marketers, a color is just something that could be picked off the top of the head and doesn't really signify something. But for those who really invest a lot of brainwork in their business image, website colors are something that helps define a brand's reputation.
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Three Tricks to Building Value When You Sell
Entrepreneur
There are two things businesses can focus on when selling: features and outcomes. Often companies spend way too much time rattling off all the perks of a product or service and gushing about their own business ("We have the best technical expertise!") and way too little time focusing on the prospect and the solution.
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Freelancers: Don't Work for Free
Fast Company's Co.Design
The overarching business problem designers will face early in their freelance careers is navigating the waters of how to get paid for things. There are so many potholes, nightmare scenarios, and snake-oil businesspeople vying to get free work that, when combined with the "you must first build your resume while not getting paid" notion that is wrongfully being accepted as normal practice today, it can seem impossible to understand how to protect yourself. Here are 10 tips.
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How to Make Your Local Business Stand Out from the Crowd
Small Business Trends
Do you own a business that relies on a local customer base? To help keep your business thriving in 2014, making it stand out from the competition is critical.
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The Growth of RTA for Kitchens, Baths
Archita Datta Majumdar
The ready-to-assemble concept has become more and more pronounced in the interior design industry. Previously, the term RTA would immediately conjure images of cheap materials and substandard workmanship. It has taken a few years, but now we have some enterprising and innovative manufacturers of RTA cabinets that have worked hard to change this rather unfortunate trend and create superior products.
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Space-Saving Sliding Doors
Dwell
In many homes, there's not even an inch to spare, much less a few feet for an awkward swinging door. Dwell presents eight easy ways to close off spaces when you need to, then slide your room dividers right out of the way.
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The Health Risks of Small Apartments
The Atlantic Cities
New York City has a housing problem. Currently, it has 1.8 million one- and two-person households, and only 1 million studios and one-bedroom apartments. The obvious solution seems to be to develop more small residential units. But how small is too small?
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Six Ways the Kitchen of the Future Will Blow Your Mind
Elle Decor
Technology to keep you fitter, safer and better at cooking? The trend forecasters see this coming for the kitchens of tomorrow.
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Five Churches Transformed Into Homes
The Associated Press via CBS MoneyWatch
In communities across the U.S., churches that have lost their congregations are being bought up and converted into artsy condos and homes.
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Smart Buildings, Smart Cities Take Cener Sage
Allen McHale
To reach our destination of a low-carbon economy in the 21st century, we must put a lot more effort into reducing CO2 emissions in buildings and cities.

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Lights Go Out on Incandescent Bulb
The News Tribune
As of Jan. 1, companies no longer can import or make 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs — the most popular bulb for indoor lighting.

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Design Industry Predicts: Interiors in 2014
Design Week
In the second part of our series of design industry predictions for 2014, leading industry figures tell us what they think will happen in retail, packaging, interior and exhibition design.

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The ROSE Cottage: A Net-Zero Energy Home Built for a Lifetime
Treehugger
Lloyd Alter visited the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a guest of Bosch and looked at how technology will change the way we live. In this article he examines the ROSE construction method and its potential impact.
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Environmentally Friendly Lighting
Inhabitat
Lighting is one of the most critical — and most visceral — qualities of an indoor space. How can you can find the most sustainable, beautiful and healthy lighting options?
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Energy Department Updates Scoring Tool for Home Energy Efficiency
EIN Newsdesk
As part of the Energy Department's commitment to helping families across the United States save money by saving energy, the Department has announced its first major software update to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Building Technologies Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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USGBC Certifies Its 20,000th LEED Project
Building Strategies & Sustainability
The U.S. Green Building Council issued its 20,000th LEED certification for a commercial building in December. The milestone was hit when the offices and staff services space at the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters plant in Knoxville, Tenn., received LEED for Commercial Interiors Certification.
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Rise of the New Workplace
Research Design Connections
The authors of a new book, "The Rise of the Naked Economy: How to Benefit from the Changing Workplace," examine the trends affecting the physical work space of today — and the challenges involved in adapting yesterday's buildings to meet those needs.
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Can Healthcare Design Help Prevent Asthma?
Healthcare Design
A recent report from the Healthy Building Network, "Full Disclosure Required: A Strategy to Prevent Asthma Through Building Product Selection," examines a study linking building materials and asthma.
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LED Carpets Bring Illuminative Information to Floors
Sourceable
Bringing communication to indoor floors, market leader Phillips Lighting and global carpet manufacturer Desso have collaborated to develop an LED carpet.
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Technology, Economy Reshape Dental, Medical, Legal Offices
The Washington Post
Today's offices are strategic business tools, rather than just utilitarian spaces. And an industry is springing up to cater to that mind-set: Office design is the most common specialty among members of the American Society of Interior Designers.
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Marriott Has Taken Their New Designs 'Underground'
HotelChatter
Marriott Hotels is trying out all their new stuff — from guest room designs to food and beverage concepts and lobby layouts — in a space called Innovation Lab. It's located two floors below the company's headquarters building in Bethesda, Md. Nickname? The Underground.
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Design School Tasks Students with Creating Parking Space-Sized Dorm Rooms
PSFK
The Savannah College of Art and Design has issued a challenge to its School of Building Arts students: Develop a microhousing prototype on the parking deck of SCAD Atlanta. The micro-homes will be designed to fit in the footprint of a parking space and will have everything that a student needs — kitchens, beds and showers.
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