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Virtual reality for designers
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Designer Cynthia Tripp's latest venture, "Tripp's Department Store," will offer architects, designers and manufacturers a unique and potentially game-changing new tool: the capability to construct, experience and share full-scale, immersive virtual reality models of their projects. Powered by cutting-edge IC.IDO ("I See I Do") imaging software, Tripp's Department Store will allow CAD drawings of everything from individual products to entire rooms to be projected on a 1:1 scale and manipulated in real time. More



New genre of fitness centers embrace interior design branding
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Chic aesthetics and smart branding have usurped the rough-hewn and manly design gestures that epitomized gyms of the past. Fitness center interior design branding has become a highly specialized element of a health club — both as a tool of differentiation and as a complement to a gym's marketing platform. More

The 'un-retirement' residence
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It is important to realize the effect an environment can have on its inhabitants. People are most often proud of where they live, and this should not stop as one moves into a residence after retirement. It is not hard to agree that cheerful and comfortable interiors create a much more positive environment for both residents and the staff. More



Some improvement anticipated for nonresidential construction
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Despite many obstacles, nonresidential construction has gotten off to a good start this year. At present, nonresidential construction spending is projected to increase 4.4 percent this year — up from a forecast of 2.1 percent growth at the beginning of the year. This increase is predicted to accelerate to a 6.2 percent gain in 2013. More

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Do consumers prefer suburban settings?
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Consumer research consistently shows that a majority desires suburban settings with a mix of land uses. In fact, the National Association of Realtors' 2011 homebuyer survey found the greatest location preference across all generations to be suburban places with a mix of housing and commercial development. More

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Putting a price tag on art
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Plenty of owners want gallery hotels. But how much will they spend to get them? One of the members of Hospitality Style's Linkedin Group wanted to find out, so she posted a question asking what a typical art budget for a W, Aloft, Indigo or Andaz would be. Beyond the "it depends" answers, hospitality designers advised digging down to understand brand standards and how much art is part of the overall identity. More

ADA interior signage rules overview
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You may or may not be aware that on March 15, 2012, new requirements for interior signs took effect under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although these guidelines are intended to assist the visually impaired, these requirements really assist all of us while promoting universal design. More



LEED and beyond
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In the multifamily sector, with builders catering to residents' growing demand for green features and municipalities stepping up requirements, property rating systems have become increasingly important to the industry. While certain labels are more recognizable than others, certification options abound. More

The hybrid challenge: planning for image-enabling operating rooms
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The hybrid operating room is a concept becoming well-recognized, although the definition is less than clear. Every hybrid OR is unique; literally, no two are alike. Each is designed to incorporate the imaging and surgical technologies required for a range of both minimally invasive and open procedures on high-risk patients. More


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The healing power of artwork, revisited
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A well-planned art program is integral to the overall plan of a hospital, in which good design supports both clinical and emotional needs of patients. An art collection at Dana-Farber's new Yawkey Center for Cancer Care proves to be an example of how this can be accomplished. More

Survey spotlights design preferences of Gen X, Gen Y
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While design trends are affected by everything from region of the country to personal tastes, certain preferences are more prevalent among specific generations. A recent survey uncovered common ground between Generation X and Generation Y: Both love color, texture, clean lines — and tidy budgets. More


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Biophilia becomes a design standard
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Stephen R. Kellert, professor emeritus of Yale University, views our fractured relationship with nature as a design problem rather than an unavoidable aspect of modern life. He responds to man-made environmental problems with practical and creative solutions based on re-establishing conviviality with nature in the built environment. More

Here today, gone tomorrow
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Short-term pop-up shops can leave long-term impressions with patrons. Here's a look at some notable installations, along with tips for your next pop-up project. More

The new neutrals
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Beige. Taupe. Sand. Tan. Cream. White. Designers and homeowners alike rely heavily on these neutrals to act as the base to their interior color palettes. However, designers can stray from the traditional neutral safety net and embrace the "new neutrals": values of yellow, orange, red, blue, green and purple. There are ways to appropriately use just about any color of the spectrum in place of the standard neutrals. More


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How to begin an interior design business
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For some people, commencing an interior design company can be expensive and challenging. But the operation will become smooth when you have dedication and expertise on how to open the company. Certainly, it is not costly to file the right documents; however, you may need to spend a considerable amount of money for your marketing, office space and job security. More

Presenting information effectively
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The next time you begin preparing for a client presentation, take note of what authors Kosslyn and colleagues learned through recent research: "The psychological foundations for effective slideshow presentations are neither obvious nor necessarily intuitive." Their detailed recommendations for effective slides could help you design a winning pitch. More



10-point checklist for content marketing
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Content marketing is the new buzz that marketers and businesses are flocking to address the dramatic changes that have taken place in how to promote a product or service on the Internet. The idea is simple: Consistently create, publish and broadcast content that your prospects will find engaging and valuable. Easy, right? More

Optimizing your website
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Optimizing your website is mission-critical, but it isn't a black box. You can do a lot of it yourself with any of these search engine optimization tools. If you are a small-business owner who has dreamed of showing up at the tip-top of a search, this post is for you. More


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Small business + small marketing = Really big losses
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A lot of entrepreneurs have a problem with marketing. It isn't that they don't understand it. It isn't that they're afraid to try new things and step out of their comfort zone. The problem is it's too simple. Now, that may not sound like a problem, but it is — because simple isn't the same thing as easy. More

6 ways to make the most of your mentorship, Grasshopper
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It's not hard to see why people seek mentors at all stages of their career (think greater earning power and more professional success). But a lot depends on the mentee. Fast Company found out how to maximize your time with a mentor. More
 
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