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Three Game-Changing Building and Construction Innovations
Green Building Elements
With the construction industry on the upswing, attention is turning to emerging building methodologies, technology resources and materials that have extreme upside potential and can positively impact bottom lines. With this in mind, here are three game-changing advancements that will significantly impact building and construction concerns in 2014 and beyond.
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Design to Lead Summit Boasts Industry's Greatest Leaders
ASID
The Design to Lead Summit, taking place May 2 – 3 in Atlanta, boasts some of the design industry's greatest thought leaders, who will help up-and-coming designers invest in their career and leadership future. Guided by Victor Ermoli, dean of the School of Design at Savannah College of Art and Design, speakers Marty Neumeier, Margaret Alrutz, Marjorie R. Barlow, James Cramer, Stephanie Douglass, Tama Duffy Day, Nila R. Leiserowitz, Amy Lukken and John Peterson will take Design to Lead participants on a journey through the landscape of leadership. Register before March 31 to take advantage of early-bird discounts!
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Save the Date! Celebration — The ASID Awards
ASID
Mark your calendars for the most notable design event of the year! Join ASID as we celebrate the 2014 award winners and the profound impact design has on the human experience. Celebration will be on June 21, at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. It is open to all ASID members, friends and patrons of the design community. More information on the 2014 award winners, the evening's events and how to purchase your ticket will be available in coming weeks.
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Advocacy Efforts Kick Off in Los Angeles with 2014 Legislative Symposia
ASID
The Society's 2014 Legislative Symposia series kicks off April 12 in Los Angeles, where attendees will gain first-hand knowledge of state-level grassroots movement, coalition management as well as participate in lobbying training exercises and more. Speakers and organizers who have worked successfully in politics at the state and federal levels will prepare you for an active role in the legislative process. Participants will receive .4 CEU credit hours. Register today!

2014 Legislative Symposia take place:
    • Los Angeles: April 12
    • Orlando: May 9-10
    • New York: June 6-7 (registration coming soon)

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One Month Left — Five Awards and Scholarships for Professionals and Students
ASID Foundation
You have until April 22 to apply for five programs that offer a total of $23,000 in scholarships and prizes to recognize outstanding contributions to the profession and academic excellence. The awards are open to students at all levels and to professionals, including both ASID members and nonmembers. Spread the word and encourage someone to apply today!
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Take the CIDA Survey to Help Shape Future of Design Education
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is beginning to develop quality educational standards for interior design graduates entering the field in 2017 and beyond. Surveys are being used to gain input from all who share a stake in the future of the interior design profession. This first survey involves defining and prioritizing a broad scope of trends impacting interior design practice. Let your voice be heard on the future of interior design and help raise the bar for interior design higher education. Take the CIDA Survey by March 28!
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Designing for Collaborative Consumers
Michael J. Berens
In today's postrecession economy, it's not what you have that matters, it's what you get; not who owns, but who gets to use it. This kind of collaborative consumption poses some interesting challenges for designers, not the least of which is: Is it a viable business model? Could designers use their collaboration skills to create a virtual studio through which they could share clients, designs, furnishings or sources?
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February ABI Reveals Slight Improvement
Arch Daily
After starting the year with a "modest uptick" that disrupted a three month cycle of decline, the Architecture Billings Index for February has revealed that design services in the United States are continuing to (slowly) improve. As reported by the American Institute of Architects, last month's ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.
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'Illuminating the Future' of Lighting Design
Metropolis
Recently, Metropolis and Humanscale gathered a room full of designers and industry players to discuss one of the most important issues facing interior office and residential design: how to efficiently use light. A panel of experts offered insight and lively discussion about emerging lighting technologies.
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Stabilizing Market: Housing Starts Little Changed from Stronger January
Bloomberg
Housing starts in the U.S. were little changed in February after declining less than previously estimated a month earlier, indicating the homebuilding industry is stabilizing after bad winter weather curbed construction.
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Going 'Behind Closed Doors' with Creative Minds
Los Angeles Times
In "Behind Closed Doors: The Private Homes of 25 of the World's Most Creative People," London-based journalist Rob Meyers has assembled the interior design version of those stars-without-their-makeup slide shows that never fail to fascinate. The book revolves around a simple premise: Meyers sent disposable cameras to dozens of celebrities, designers and fellow journalists with one simple instruction: Whatever else you photograph, you must shoot the inside of your refrigerator.
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Don't Hide from the Money Conversation
Design Biz Blueprint
Designers often are reluctant to talk about money during a consultation and as a result often give their design ideas away without getting paid for them. Here are some suggestions for how to create ease and comfort in your new client money conversations.
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Making the Case for Higher Fees
Architect
Designers have been slow to champion the return on investment that their work can bring. But even a little data can convince clients that spending more can mean saving more.
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How the Handwritten Note Just Might Save Us
ArtfixDaily
An antiques dealer who recently spent time in an online forum for interior designers instantly noticed a trend that could have a significant impact on business (his and yours alike): Personal connection is a key to success.
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The Unexpected Benefits of Chit Chat for Business Networking
Small Business Trends
Many of us are apprehensive about business-related social events, because most of us either hate entering rooms where we don't know anyone or hate spending time with people we don't know well. With a little insight, practice and use of some helpful tips, you can be chit chatting at the water cooler or your next networking event effortlessly.
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Three Game-Changing Innovations in Building
Green Building Elements
With construction on the rise, attention is turning to emerging building technology and materials that have extreme upside potential and can positively impact bottom lines.

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The Future of Interior Design
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Elsie de Wolfe, the founder of interior design, likely wouldn't recognize the profession as it is practiced today or where it is headed in the near future, as legislation continues to open the doors of opportunity.

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Dissatisfaction with Remodelers Creates Opportunity
Michael J. Berens
A survey shows home remodeling services ranked poorly for meeting customers' expectations. This bad news for remodelers could be good news for designers.

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A Home Designed to Heal
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When Marine Sgt. Daniel Tsutsumi returned, seemingly unscathed, from two tours of duty in Iraq, he had no warning he would soon be confined to a wheelchair, living in his parents' dining room and bathing in a temporary plywood shower in the garage. But when a cervical spine injury left him in a quadriplegic state, Designing for Veterans — an organization dedicated to providing pro bono design services for wounded and disabled veterans — made Tsutsumi's recovery its mission.
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Pantone View Home + Interiors 2015
Dexigner
Pantone has released "Pantone View Home + Interiors 2015," a compendium of major color trends that will influence the home and interiors marketplace in 2015. The report features nine key trend palettes plus individual color and material direction.
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Upgrades and Function Drive Bath Remodeling
Kitchen & Bath Design News
A Houzz survey shows interest in bath remodels is on the rise, particularly the master bath, with tubs waning, glass shower enclosures gaining and new lighting options in high demand. Additionally, more than half of those renovating their bathroom are gutting the old bath and starting from scratch, with that number rising to 61 percent for master bath remodels.
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New Luxury Item: A Custom Home Bar
The Wall Street Journal
Open-plan kitchens have become the social centers of the home, but when an occasion calls for cuff links and vintage reserve, a butcher-block island just can't provide the atmosphere. And not any bar will do. For high-end homeowners, a custom bar makes a statement.
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The Problem with Paint: What's Lurking Inside That Can of Color Might Surprise You
TakePart
Healthy interior paints are gaining attention in the consumer marketplace, forcing innovation among paint manufacturers. New options on the market deliver color without the health risks.
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LEED Interior Certification Slow to Catch On
Finance & Commerce
LEED certification has taken off for new construction and for renovations. But the designation for interior design hasn't made much headway — at least not in Minnesota, where only 29 offices have been certified.
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Tree to Table, Consumers Look to Source
The Boston Globe
The same focus on organic materials that has transformed the food industry is moving toward furniture and other products, as artisans and craftspeople are fueling a made-local movement that is sweeping the country.
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Maybe the Focus Problem Is a Cooperation Problem
Gensler On Work
Every week it seems a new article hits newsstands condemning the open office, a system supposedly designed for extroverts that allegedly squanders the potential of introverts and harms productivity by increasing the number of distractions workers must overcome. But maybe we are looking at this problem backwards.
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Sizable Difference: How Regulations, Technology Influence Space Planning
Health Facilities Management
A common challenge for healthcare designers is convincing administrators and clinicians that space requirements for a given function have increased over the years. Understanding changes in regulatory codes, technology and medical protocols is key when designing new healthcare spaces.
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Five Must-Have Spaces for Your Office
Inc.
When it comes to great office design, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. The best work spaces have a variety of areas suited to different needs.
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The Treadmill Desk Really Does Improve Wellness, Productivity
Workplace Insight
Despite employers offering staff access to a gym to help promote wellness, actually getting people to use the fitness facilities is another matter. The answer could be to bring the fitness equipment directly to their office: New research shows that employees who use treadmill workstations as they work not only receive physical benefits but also are more productive.
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