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Double-digit remodeling spending increases projected for 2011
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Home improvement activity and remodeling spending are expected to improve, showing increases on an annual basis, by the end of 2010, according to the most recent Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS). The findings suggest suggests that returning homeowner optimism and confidence in an economic recovery is driving growth in home improvement investments—and not just in necessary replacement projects and energy retrofits, but also in remodels and upgrades. More

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With keynote speakers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg from Yabu Pushelberg, along with other notable speakers this year including Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Gary Dollens from Hyatt Hotels and host of TLC's "Mega Bites" Brian Malarkey. Learn more and register at
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Pressure mounts on USGBC to open LEED to SFI, other standards
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In a letter to the U.S. Green Building Council, steered by Congressmen Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., 79 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing 35 different states, have urged the organization to "accept all credible forest certification systems for qualification under the LEED Rating System," including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI Inc.). On the heels of the letter from this bipartisan group of members of Congress, USGBC also received a petition with nearly 6,000 signatories calling for LEED recognition of all "wood and paper products certified to independent, respected and credible standards including SFI, ATFS, CSA, FSC, and PEFC." In addition, six members of Congress have sent their own letters urging an inclusive LEED policy. More

Designing away the ADA
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In an interview with Robert Siegel, the senior host of NPR's popular "All Things Considered," Monica Ponce de Leon, dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, comments that "if we embed the notion of designing for the many within everyday design, the same way that we're discussing sustainability today, where we're thinking every building should be sustainable," then the day may come when the wheel chair symbol as a sign of accommodation may become obsolete. She already sees that change in her students: "In academia, design for the disabled has been thought of as the requirement that we need to fulfill in order to get accreditation as a school. . . . our students are actually much more interested than their faculty in having design for the many embedded within every aspect of their projects." More

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Since 1946, Baldwin has been America's premier maker of solid forged brass hardware. Other industry firsts include the modern rim lock and residential mortise, and Baldwin’s patented PVD Lifetime Finishes. Cape Cod Brass are Baldwin experts who can manage complex orders with accuracy and tremendous customer service.

Raising the bar on pet décor
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There was a time when pets were pets. They had bowls and beds, and that was about it. Then something changed. Today, pets have become family members. For some animal lovers, that means not just buying aesthetically pleasing pet supplies, but creating their own animal-friendly design solutions to complement their human-centric décor. Designers need to consider integrating pet-friendly design into the home. More

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Browse the Custom Gallery to see our latest projects, including the popular Constellation 2913 pendants, and get ideas for your own lighting projects. See something you’re inspired by? Contact us to get professional pricing on our product line, or request a quote for your own custom project today!

9 design tricks maximize small home spaces
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Green living isn't just about the latest solar-powered gadget or eco-minded iPhone app. It's also about reducing utility bills and reusing what you have. So if you think your house is small, take a new look at your space before adding more or moving to a bigger house. More

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Workers' perceptions of collaborative environments analysed
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A comprehensive analysis of physical factors perceived by workers to support collaborative work examined workers’ attitudes towards three types of collaborative spaces. The study also looked at factors that workers consider distractions, such as travel routes, proximity of copy stations and noise. Among other findings, the researchers determined that floor plates in which meeting rooms are distributed around the core of the structure or at the core and in the corners of the floor plan are perceived to be most supportive of collaborative work and least distracting to other workers. The researchers collected a great deal of information to support their conclusions, so workplace designers can feel comfortable utilizing them. More
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The Very family of seating stretches from bullpen to boardroom, and from cafeteria to classroom. Grab your camera and a Very chair and show us some of your creativity. Enter to win the Very photo contest and find out more about Very at
For Your Eyes Only
This is a great movie title, but when it comes to the workplace, what occupants hear is as important as what they see. An ASID study found that 71 percent of distractions in open plans are the result of noise intrusions, stressing the importance of speech privacy and noise control.

Hopeful signs for housing remain
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While much of the country is in the middle of the hottest summer in recent memory, residential construction appears to be just entering an early spring—with hopeful signs of more meaningful growth ahead, according to the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB is forecasting that residential construction will slowly improve throughout the second half of this year and into next year, bolstered by continued low mortgage rates, affordable housing prices and an improving jobs market. More

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Looking ahead at adaptive reuse: Designing for the gain factor
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Now that the commercial sector of design and construction has slowed to an imperceptible crawl, how are architects and interior designers going to prepare for the future? What can we do to keep going as creative, contributing, and prepared professionals in this situation that has confronted us? More

Spruce up your kitchen with latest trends
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No matter what the economy, kitchen remodeling seems to be unaffected. Floors and appliances wear out and need replacing, cabinets get old, paint fades and the family cook suddenly finds the whole room unworkable. That's when it's time to renovate, and designers say this year's trends are pleasing both to the eye and the environment. More

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Beautiful new design work at Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Once you land in JFK, you know you're in New York. Sadly this is not because the terminal is filled with expressive designs celebrating Gotham; rather, you know because it's filthy, illegal cabdrivers are beckoning to you from across the street, and the legal hacks are occasionally getting out of the stopped cars to scream at each other face to face. Indian design firm Incubis Consultants, tasked with designing the interior of Indira Gandhi International Airport, came up with a much more pleasant installation that would remind you where you were. Called "Expressive India," the design is comprised of enormous cast-resin hands performing mudras, the hand gestures from classical Indian dance forms. More

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