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How aging in place is changing senior living
American Institute of Architects    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
However well we design environments for them, seniors mostly prefer to remain where they are. An architect examines the impact on programming and design that the preference for aging in place may have on all aspects of senior living — especially assisted living — with respect to both standalones and as part of senior living campuses now and in the future. More

Adaptability driving trends in commercial spaces
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It's the "iPad" era of workplace — where a sleek, smart and streamlined work environment that is a universal solution is capable of providing a uniquely inspiring and enlightening experience for visitors and employees alike. More

ASID Extends Fundraiser with Samaritan's Feet

We are happy to announce that ASID raised more than $1,000 through our silent auction featuring custom-designed pairs of TOMS! One hundred percent of the proceeds went to Samaritan's Feet, an international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing shoes for communities in need. This money will be used to help Samaritan's Feet purchase even more pairs of shoes for kids beyond the 200 pairs ASID donated during NeoCon in June.

We are continuing our partnership with Samaritan's Feet via a virtual fundraiser through Aug. 31. If you would like to make a voluntary (and anonymous, if you choose) donation to help raise money for back-to-school shoes for kids this fall , please go to our team page to pledge your support.

As little as $10 will buy one pair of shoes AND a backpack.

Keep up with all the ASID news at ASID ICON online.

KB home unveils new ultra-green model
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Los Angeles-based KB Home recently opened its ZeroHouse 2.0 model, the first home in the Washington, D.C., area to be certified by the Energy Star and Water Sense programs. "By combining an efficient building envelope and energy-conserving lighting, appliances and fixtures with a renewable energy source in the form of a solar power system, the home is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes, allowing for a homeowner's electric bill to be nearly zero," the company's press materials claim. More

Private jets becoming more like home
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Anything people can do in their homes, they now want to be able to do in their private jets, according to Steve Wagner, co-designer of jet interior design firm Rob DiNic Interior. "No matter where people are going, they want every luxury and [all the] amenities of a home." More

Vornado sells design centers assets
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Vornado Realty Trust announced it has agreed to sell Mart segment assets, the Washington Design Center, the Boston Design Center, the L.A. Mart and the Canadian Trade Shows. Vornado continues to own the 3.5 million square foot Chicago Merchandise Mart. More

Rooftops bars catching on
USA Today via Hospitality Net    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pioneered by boutique hotels, rooftop bars are showing up at bigger hotel chains as part of a larger trend of taking any space available and turning it into a social area where food and drink can be sold. More

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First lady to celebrate National Design Awards
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The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has announced first lady Michelle Obama will celebrate the 2012 National Design Awards Friday, July 13, with a White House luncheon for the winners. The honorees will participate in an education program for local high school students in conjunction with the event. More

What's hot in backsplash options
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Consider it a place for you and your client to strut their stuff or play it cool. Backsplashes are one way to infuse a kitchen or bath with personality, and the means and materials for doing so are many. More

Researching with photos
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A new study in the journal "Organizational Research Methods" makes the case for using photographs as a key element of data collection and analysis. Photos "can be less restrictive and, perhaps, more accurate than other methods (e.g., interviews, diaries, surveys)," the study authors claim. More

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Doors that make a statement
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Homeowners shouldn't be closed-minded when it comes to interior doors. Doors are vital parts of homes under construction or undergoing makeovers. More

Reduce, reuse, repurpose
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We've heard a lot in the eco-conscious times about materials that are recycled or recyclable. That's a crucial component of being green, but one of the ideas that has been generating buzz in the industry is creating a new perspective for old materials. More

Improving staff outcomes in inpatient units
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A study conducted at Canada's Trillium Health Centre-Mississauga site tested how design improvements impacted the quality of nurses' work life. More

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Canadian study reveals interior design sector strength
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With the entire building industry taking a severe hit from the global financial crisis, growth in any sector has been difficult to achieve. The release of the 2011 Canadian Interior Design Benchmarking and Best Practices Study by the Canadian Interiors Magazine and Interior Designers of Canada, however, shows the Canadian design sector has in fact enjoyed just that. More

How interior design informs medical research, technology
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A father-son duo heavy on innovation and vision challenge a design team to create a space that matches their evidence-based, technology-driven approach to their work in the health care sector. More

The art of economics
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Even as Europe stands knee-deep in economic uncertainty, EuroCucina 2012 seemed fairly abuzz with activity. The biennial kitchen extravaganza still had much to awe visitors, if not in the number of new innovations, then in sheer artistry. More

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Goodbye to broad-based skills of designers
The Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The yo-yo economy and the ever-expanding knowledge requirements in so many areas — think appliances, lighting, WiFi, acoustics — are giving designers reasons to reinvent themselves. With everyone looking for a deal, clients will still pay for expertise. More

Hit the road to relax, recharge and refocus    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you're feeling strung out, stuck or stressed by your interior design business, now's the time to get out of town. Nothing can give you more clarity about your business than time away from your business. More

Can you design a room without a budget?
Design Biz Blueprint    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You already know that one of the most important pieces of information that we need to collect in the programming portion of a design job is a budget. In order to come up with an appropriate design you need to know if you are designing a Volkswagen or a Mercedes. More

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Opportunities rising
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Even in today's challenging business climate, there remain real opportunities for motivated designers willing to step outside the box. More

How to make more — even on prospects you don't close
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Do you know your close ratio? It's the percentage of prospects you close every month, and the higher it is, the more money you'll make — and this part is important — without having to spend any extra time or money. More

Take it or leave it?
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As a small business owner, you always will need money, so that can't be the reason you take an appointment or client. So what do you do when you find yourself leading with your passion foot and not your business foot? More
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