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Meet the Curbed Young Guns Semifinalists for 2013
Curbed
After months of sifting through hundreds of nominations, interviewing panelists on the official selection committee and examining supporting materials, the shortlist for the 2013 class of Curbed Young Guns is complete and ready for its debut.
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Congratulations to Our Portrait Project Winner!
ASID
With more than 240 "likes," we are excited to announce Melanie Murata, Student ASID, as the winner of our very first ASID Portrait Project contest, which took place at NeoCon 2013 and Dwell on Design and gave participants the chance to share what design means to them, why they love design and where they find their inspiration. Melanie's photo Portrait Project reads: "Design means. . . empowering the community." Learn more about Melanie and find out who our Top 10 participants are here on ICON Online.
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Last Week to Participate in Industry Perceptions Research Study
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Please take a moment to complete this survey that examines industry perceptions of the commercial and residential interior design fields. The survey is being conducted by Laura C. Kimball, ASID, CID, as part of her coursework toward an M.S. in Interior Architecture at Chatham University. The survey is open until July 24, and results will be shared with the design community at a later date. For more information, email laurackimball@gmail.com.
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Upcoming Evidence-Based Residential Design Webinar on July 25
ASID
ASID will host a live webinar, Researching Home: Evidence-Based Residential Design, based on the highly acclaimed ASID whitepaper by Sally Augustin, Ph.D., and Barbara B. Miller, ASID. Scheduled for July 25, from 2 – 3 p.m. (EDT), the webinar is $39.99 for members ($64.99 non-members). Click here for a complete description and to register.
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Survey Shows Americans are Obsessed With Their Own Homes
The Editor at Large
The inaugural "HGTV HomePulse Survey," the first in a series commissioned by Scripps Networks Interactive and Vision Critical to monitor consumer perspectives on home-related topics such as real estate, renovation, decoration and budgeting, also uncovers that Americans' true obsession is with improving or enhancing their own homes.
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Third Consecutive Monthly Gain for HMI with July Results
ForResidentialPros.com
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index saw its third consecutive monthly gain through July. Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose six points to 57, which is the strongest reading since January 2006.
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Urban Characters
Metropolis
Metropolis contributors salute those special places — some humble, some utterly utilitarian — that give a city its unique personality and collective soul.
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Five New Design Books Hit the Shelves This Summer
The Editor at Large
Just because the summer sees fewer book releases than spring and fall doesn't mean the books are any less worthwhile. From gardening to beach lifestyle books, here's a list of what you can expect to see new on shelves this summer.
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Finance for Designers: Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices
ICON Online
Between meeting with clients and working on projects, most designers find there is little time left in the day to manage day-to-day bookkeeping, let alone think about how to set long-term goals for achieving the best return on investment for the time and money they put into their practice. But as any successful business owner knows, taking your company from survival to thriving hinges on a bit of financial know-how.
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Prescription for Procrastination
MultiBriefs
Everyone has parts of their job they don't like, and it's only human nature to put off those tasks that annoy or bore us. One of the principles of good time management is to parcel out the tasks you don't like into tolerable chunks rather than let them pile up.
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Want to Persuade? Check the Seating Arrangement
Inc.
Perhaps King Arthur was onto something: According to a new study published by the Journal of Consumer Research, seating people at either a round or an angular table can impact their priorities.
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Kitchen Remodeling Reaches Pre-Recession Level
Woodworking Network
A new study from the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence reveals that nearly 2 out of 5 homeowners have seen the level of home repair or construction in their communities increase in the past six months, a 9 percentage point jump from three months earlier. The study, called "Consumer Trends: From Remodeling Rates to Technology Trends," was conducted among 1,005 U.S. homeowners.
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Color for Special Needs
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Trish Buscemi uses color to help children with cognitive learning challenges and their families create calming, kid-friendly interiors.
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Policing Your Productivity: Seven Tools to Help You Focus (Entrepreneur)

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Restaurant-Quality Appliances for Home Chefs
The Wall Street Journal
In recent years, television cooking shows, cookbooks and food blogs have been delving into more sophisticated techniques once reserved for restaurant kitchens. Now, a wave of new appliances hitting the market caters to the serious residential chef, promising to put restaurant-style cooking within an amateur's reach — for a price.
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Three Popular Elements of Outdoor Living Space
Green Industry Pros
Planning to spend even more time at home, many consumers are looking to invest in more expansive outdoor living spaces. Stylish lighting, kitchens and water features continue to gain in popularity.
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Greenbuild 2013: Understanding the Impact of Buildings on Human Health
U.S. Green Building Council
The 2013 Greenbuild Conference and Expo, Nov. 20-22 in Philadelphia, will feature a first-ever summit on the connection between the products that go into buildings and the effect they have on those who live, work learn and play within them.
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A Hard Look at Recycled Plastic for the Home
Houzz
Plastic has its fair share of health and production concerns, along with low recycling rates, due to the complexity of sorting, consumer confusion and pure economics. But it's hard to escape plastic completely.
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Home Performance Industry Positioned for Growth
Ecobuilding Pulse
Thanks to government incentives and fears of rising energy costs, more Americans than ever are weatherizing and upgrading their leaky and energy-guzzling older homes. If the industry continues to expand, it would be upgrading almost half a million homes a year by 2017 — and almost a million by 2019, according to a new report from the National Home Performance Council.
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Put Your Walls to Work
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Modular wall systems allow for more than just repurposing the framework of workstations and offices. New offerings can impact the functionality of a workplace as well.
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Federal Office Space of the Future: GSA Eschews Desk-Jockey Culture
The Washington Post
The agency that manages 375 million square feet of federal office space is moving back to its newly renovated headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., where its employees are finding a new culture reflected in the design. Long corridors, closed-door offices and high cubicles have given way to open spaces filled with industrial white desks that most employees must now reserve like hotel rooms.
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Innovation and Workplace Design: Beware These Four Magic Bullets
Forbes
Innovation is a buzzword in today's business environment, and creating a work space that fosters innovation is a priority for many CEOs. But it's important to make sure companies understand there is no magic bullet when designing or redesigning a workplace for innovation.
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Critical Access Hospitals: Planning Buildings For Financial Success
Healthcare Design
Whether you're planning spaces for new or renovated critical access hospitals, it's important to consider the most efficient way to optimize productivity before beginning to design and build.
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Water Makes a Splash in Interiors and Architecture
Interior Design
The presence of water is, well, vital — to our bodies, our lives and our entire well-being. Accordingly, it's no surprise that water features continue to appear indoors as much as out these days, from design elements as minimal as tabletop waterfalls and accessories to mind-blowing architecture that derives its very essence from an underwater experience.
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Curbed Young Guns: Semifinalists for 2013
Curbed
After months of sifting through hundreds of nominations, the shortlist for the 2013 class of Curbed Young Guns is complete and ready for its debut.

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The Four Phrases of Amazing Customer Care
American Express OPEN Forum
Want your customers to spread the word about your company? Start by surprising them with the best customer service they've ever received.

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Death by RFP: Seven Reasons Not to Respond
Inc.
Responding to every Request for Proposal can dilute your brand, undermine your credibility, shave your margin and devalue your company.

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Business Center Competition: Alternative Workspaces in Hotels
Officing Today
The business center industry has seen some interesting twists on competitive threats recently. Now, hotels are getting more creative with their alternative office options.
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Workstations Designed for Collaboration, Modeled on Friendly Neighborhoods
Fast Company's Co.Design
Industrial Facility's Sam Hecht and Kim Colin debuted their modular office system, Locale, at this year's NeoCon furniture fair. The system is part of Herman Miller's Living Office design initiative.
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