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Kitchens and baths regain some attention in home design
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Results of the AIA's Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2010 indicate that the number and size of kitchens and bathrooms have been increasing recently, reversing the trend toward downsizing that followed the economic recession. Residential architects reported growing popularity in pantry space and recycling centers in kitchens, while interest remains strong in integrating family space with kitchens. Sustainable design is the dominant theme for popular kitchen products. Similarly, bathrooms designed for adaptability and incorporating universal design features remain very popular. Topping the list of bath products were water conserving toilets and LED lighting. More

April 8 Deadline for ASID and Hospitality Design Earth-Minded Awards

The 2011 Earth-Minded Awards (EMA) recognize a hospitality project and product that have innovative sustainable elements. A collaboration between ASID and Hospitality Design magazine, this year's EMA program is seeking submissions until April 8. Enter today! Visit for more details.

Changing classroom design
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Education is changing on many levels—the addition of technology, the advent of online education, the accessibility and ubiquity of information, the comfort level of students and professors in using technology, the delivery of education, the role of the professor. All this is leading to student-centered teaching, which is influencing changes in classroom design. What exactly those changes are, it seems, are still somewhat nebulous, but tomorrow's classrooms will be more focused on student interaction that educator delivery. More

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Vacation- and investment-home sales hold steady
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Despite extraordinarily tight credit conditions for purchasing a second home, the market share for vacation and investment homes held steady in 2010, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors. The typical vacation-home buyer in 2010 was 49 years old, had a median household income of $99,500 and purchased a property that was a median distance of 375 miles from his or her primary residence. Lifestyle factors continue to be the primary motivation for vacation-home buyers, and vacation homes tend to be located in rural areas. More

Demand for design services still treading water
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For the second month in a row, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) shows a sluggish demand for design services, as February totals only show a 0.6 point increase (50.6) from the previous month (50.0). Kermit Baker, economist for AIA, said the latest score indicates the industry "seems to be treading water." The 2011 data has yet to replicate the strength of business conditions experienced within the final months of 2010. Despite the plateau, AIA experts remain positive that the market will pick up by the end of 2011. More

Art can affect patient anxiety and treatment costs
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Researchers investigating the art viewed by psychiatric patients determined that certain types of art appear to decrease patient agitation and reduce their use of some medications. There was an overall reduction in the average medication per day prescribed on days with art compared to days without art, with the lowest reduction occurring on days when a realistic nature photograph was displayed. The study projects that the money saved on reducing the use of medication could be between $10,000 to $30,000 annually per facility. More

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Giving medical office bathrooms a makeover
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Medical office bathrooms not only get a lot of use, but they also speak volumes about a medical practice. Outmoded fixtures and furnishings—or even the lack of good design—can give off the impression that the physicians simply don't care about the comfort of the staff or patients, while cracked tiles and poor lighting can be downright dangerous. In some offices, bathrooms have not been brought up to ADA compliance, which leaves the business exposed to legal action. More
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Test home to showcase viability of net-zero construction
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What is the ideal combination of building science techniques, design features, and products to build a mainstream net-zero house? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) aims to find out. Under construction on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Md., the Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility—a two-story, 2,700-square-foot home—will provide researchers the opportunity to "develop and demonstrate the measurement science needed to achieve net-zero-energy homes." More

Video series to show 'day in the life' at High Point Market
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An exhibitor, a retailer, an interior designer, a furniture design student, and a member of the press will record their experience of market on a flipcam. The sixth video will give a behind-the-scenes look at how the Market is set up and organized before each event. One video will be posted each day through the six days of Market Week, April 2-7 on, Facebook, YouTube, and MyMarket. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking

Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system.  more

Top remodeling counties for 2011
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Employing different sets of metrics, the NAHB and our sister magazine Remodeling both recently have released lists of their picks for the U.S. counties that hold the greatest potential for remodeling activity in 2011. More

House trends: Is this the end of the living room?
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The National Association of Home Builders recently released a special report that details several home features that will likely become the norm by 2015. One of the more unexpected summaries in the report is a theory that living rooms will vanish, or be incorporated into other rooms. Of course, applying this report to a home depends heavily on the definition of a living room. We grew up with living rooms as formal spaces that were usually reserved for company—they didn't have televisions, and typically had nicer furnishings and decor. More


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A mixed bag for 2011 design color forecast
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Cautious optimism. It's a phrase that's been bandied about so much its mere mention is sure to elicit a groan or two. But tired as it may be, the words continue to be an apt description of our present state of mind, underscoring much of what we do, how we live and the colors that will resonate with us in this new year. More

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Fledgling design industry takes wing in El Salvador
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After more than a decade of civil war, El Salvador can now claim to have a stable democracy. It can also claim a fledgling design industry, thanks to Harry and Claudia Washington and their small community of colleagues. Born and bred Salvadorans, the couple, who met as students at the University of Applied Arts in San Salvador, are the principals of Due Estudio, one of the first Salvadoran design firms to establish a presence outside Central America. More

Giant rose colored blinds keep Geneva's Coral House pretty (and cool) in pink
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Not afraid to show its feminine side, Group 8's mixed-use building in Geneva, Switzerland, keeps cool by letting down its giant, magenta motorized fabric blinds. Combined with uber-glazed glass, these spectacular shades keep the Coral House's energy costs and carbon footprint low while livening up half a city block. The 58 residential units and two floors of commercial space also boast geothermal heating and cooling, as well as superior sturdiness and ventilation. More

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