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This city is driving me nuts
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According to a new study published in the latest issue of the journal Nature, the brain structures of urbanites respond differently to stressful conditions than those from rural or suburban areas. The study, conducted by a team from the University of Heidelberg, was undertaken to help explain the greater incidence of schizophrenia in urban dwellers. (The bigger the city, the greater the incidence.) What, if anything, can architecture and design do to mitigate our stressful lives? More

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Designing with art in public spaces
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Including an art component in new or renovated civic buildings is a win-win strategy. It makes the facility more welcoming and pleasurable for those who use it, gives the public greater access to works of art — often substantial ones — and helps support local arts communities. But there is more to it than simply commissioning a mural or plopping a sculpture in a courtyard. More

Can interiors heal?
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We are what we see — or so we might like to believe. In which case, can interiors and architecture improve the well-being of a sick child or a cancer patient? More

Security. Convenience. Style.

Baldwin is pleased to introduce its latest security advancement, a keyless entry door lock. It features convenient one-touch locking with decorative hardware's only motorized deadbolt and two customizable access codes-one for family, one for temporary access. The keyless lock is easy to install in a standard door prep and can be integrated with wireless home automation systems utilizing Home Connect™ technology.

Parametric modeling stretches design boundaries
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As one of just a handful of British architectural consultants using parametric modeling, new Essex-based company RJL Programmatic Design Consultancy aims to revolutionize the possibilities of architecture. "Our design process gives us access to entirely adaptive features — making anything possible," says founder Roderick Lumsden. More

Research shows boomers want to age in place, but most have no plan
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One of the biggest issues baby boomers will confront in the years to come is planning for their future housing needs. According to a survey from The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab, 50 percent of boomers want to stay in their current home as they age, but most have no plans in place. More

The iPod of hotels: New York's tiny Yotel
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At 16 square meters, perhaps "room" is too generous of a term for the nano-sized accommodations at Yotel in New York. The hotel management prefers to call them cabins. Aircraft designers were hired to make the rooms feel larger than they are. Futon-like lounges transform to lie-flat beds at the touch of a button. More

Suburbs graying faster than cities as boomers stay put
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People think of the suburbs as a place full of kids, soccer games and minivans, but this is changing fast. People like to stay in the places they know, and as the kids move away the parents are staying. The density of people per acre is dropping fast, as is the need for schools, while the need for senior services is going to increase dramatically. More

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The New Look Of Copper

The Vanity Collection offers gorgeous wood vanities with uniquely distinctive copper sinks. Add a taste of luxury and functionality with our exceptional bathroom furniture designs.

Fighting infection through innovation
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The NHS does many things well, but one thing it has struggled with over the years has been innovation of equipment and furniture. More

A room that mimics anti-gravity
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What if you lived in an anti-gravity house? Or, better yet, what if your house somehow rotated on an axis? The architects at Bureau Spectacular tried to design a room with that in mind. More

FH-3 Retro Rocket Bar Tap is proud to present our Made in England retro racket bar or sink faucets. This is a classic retro rocket ship bar tap which is perfect for restaurants and bars or for your diner or kitchen. Available in a variety of finishes.

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Time for Business - Time for Trends
Tendence is held on August 26-30, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. The event is the meeting place for the international giftware, decorative accessories, furniture, outdoor living and home furnishings industry for the second half of the year. Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet with over 2,000 international exhibitors and preview the trends for Spring/Summer 2012.
We've got a laminate you can use
Arborite has been manufacturing decorative high pressure laminate in North America since 1947. With an outstanding selection of designs combined with original finishes, Arborite upholds a valued reputation for quality and innovation. Visit us online at to browse through our collections and product lines; it’s your source for samples, technical sheets and more!

Picasso or Monet — which master do infants prefer?
Research Design Connections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Need to select art for a space that will be used heavily by infants? A soon-to-be published research study can guide your choices. Infants tested preferred works of Picasso to those of Monet. The infants (approximately 9 months old) seemed to use a holistic approach to evaluate the images presented, and their choices could not be attributed to any of the individual elements in the paintings tested. More

Agencies launch plan to raise awareness, protection from radon
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The Federal Radon Action Plan brings together government agencies to demonstrate the importance of radon risk reduction, address finance and incentive issues to drive testing and mitigation, and build demand for services from industry professionals. More

Sustainable vertical neighborhood
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An architectural and urban planning firm has devised a set of principles for a sustainable vertical neighborhood. This "neighborhood" takes its form in an iconic, 950-foot-tall residential tower in New York City. Applying these principles to a vertical neighborhood requires the full engagement of the design team, the building team, the financing team and the owners. More

Weighing furniture options for health care
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Furniture — like heating and lighting — remains indispensable to delivering quality health care. These common objects are expected to support many health care tasks, such as providing patients and family members with support from stress and fatigue, enabling caregivers to work safely and effectively as a team, and reflecting a health care organization's vision and brand. Together, it can be a tall order. More

A Unique Partnership with the Design Industry
BR111 Exotic Hardwood Flooring has become one of the most well known and trusted names in the flooring industry and is now available direct to the Trade. MORE
MechoSystems presents the McDonough Iceland Collection™

Recyclable shadecloths developed with William McDonough and inspired by his photographs are PVC-free, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM, and can be recycled indefinitely.

Using your website to grab consumers' attention
Kitchen & Bath Design News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Much has been written about optimizing your website to grab the attention of search engines, and that certainly is a key component of Web marketing. The cyber robots can bring you potential customers. But they don't actually spend money on kitchens and baths; real-life, flesh-and-blood consumers do. So it's essential to make sure your website is delivering an optimum experience for people who have the potential to buy from you. More

Fixing a strained business partnership
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If you want to stay in business with your partner, you need to negotiate a partnership agreement that takes in account some fundamental issues. First, understand the legal and tax implications of teaming up. Then discuss problems and goals, and get an attorney to help put a partnership agreement in writing, experts say. More

NAHB records continuing improvement in multifamily market
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NAHB's Multifamily Production Index recorded its third consecutive quarterly increase for the multifamily housing market. The MPI tracks multifamily industry sentiment about the strength of the market on a scale of 0 to 100, and it increased from 40.8 in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 41.7 in the first quarter of 2011. More

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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. 
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