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Architecture and Design for a Fit Nation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
In the national conversation on the spreading epidemic of obesity and chronic diseases, and the ways in which public health initiatives can fight these issues, architecture and design are continuing to play a leading role in developing fit and healthy solutions. The way a community or a school or a store or a workplace is built can actually influence physical activity, access to healthier food and more to help create an overall fitter nation.
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ASID Environmental Scanning Report Shares Crucial Trend Data
ASID
Full of essential information, including forecasts and economic trends, this report provides an in-depth look at today's "new" economy and helps you determine what is changing so that you can better plan for the evolution of your business. To forecast your business strategies and plan for the future, download your copy of the Environmental Scanning Report today. (Free for members, $25 for non-members)
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Head to the Mile High City for REGREEN
ASID
Plan a trip (or extend your existing itinerary) to the Denver area next month to include the REGREEN Implementation Workshop on Sept. 24. Designed for professionals who want to create sustainable, healthy interiors, REGREEN fills an important niche in the marketplace, and you won't want to miss it. For program information and to register, click here.
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Design Billings Get a Boost in Q2
ICON Online
The American Society of Interior Designers quarterly Interior Design Billings Index shows the second quarter of 2013 remained positive in the April-June period. The Billings Index for June closed at 56.4, up nearly 3 points from May's score of 53.7 and higher than April's score of 55.5.
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A Tale of Two Industries: Reports Clash on State of A&D Firms
MultiBriefs
Two recent reports on year-to-date business performance in architecture and design firms provide a highly divergent view of the state of the industry. By one account, design business appears to be booming. According to the other, firms are limping along, buoyed by occasional bursts of activity. Can both be right?
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ASID Announces Dates for Annual Student Design Competition
ASID via Woodworking Network
The American Society of Interior Designers has launched the 2013 ASID Student Design Competition. This year's competition, Shelter — Supporting the Needs of a Community in Crisis, challenges design students to demonstrate design excellence on the basis of humanitarianism, research, innovation, sustainability and universal design and presentation.
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Size of New Homes Continues to Edge Up
NAHB
According to recently released data from the Survey of Construction, the trend toward smaller home sizes, which started during the market downturn, has since reversed itself. In fact, since 2009, the median size of newly started single-family homes has increased steadily to a record high of more than 2,300 square feet last year.
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What Inspires You? Reading Tips from 17 Designers
Designers & Books
Invited designers (including architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, interior designers, landscape architects, product designers, urban designers, and other design professionals) have chosen books that inspire them and that have shaped their worldview or their ideas about design.
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Color Orientations 2014: The Way In
Pantone View
Pantone is offering a glimpse of what could be the latest trend: A gold and copper light opens the door to new perspectives, where optimism, clarity and consciousness suggest an easier future. Yellows continue to tempt with their energetic nature.
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Why Online Brands Matter
ICON Online
In meteorology, visibility is a measure of the distance at which an object or light can be clearly perceived. But in business, being visible is being available for opportunity, and it doesn't exist then or later — it's all about now. It means showing up, with no apologies, ready to do business. And in 2013, being ready means taking your brand online.
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Six Interior Design Apps for Your Home Renovation
Mashable
Simple home reorganization can easily grow into full renovation. If you're thinking of painting the walls, moving the furniture into a new formation or adding an accent lamp to enhance the mood, you might want to experiment via app before doing the heavy lifting.
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The Art of the Bluff
Inc.
Most of us bluff our way through business in some way. We might know our own area of expertise, but that certainly doesn't mean we know every aspect of running a business. We have to bluff it or risk that important people will lose faith in us, which of course can spell disaster.
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Promoting Your Interior Design Business on Twitter
Doodle Home
Like any social network, Twitter is a place your clients go to find inspiration. This is an opportunity for you to promote your ideas, style and business. But always remember your audience.
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Why You Should Own Your Own Insurance Company
MultiBriefs
As income taxes and insurance costs have increased in 2013 for many interior design firms and their owners, a popular question we have been hearing lately is, "Would owning part of a small insurance company help my business become more financially efficient?"
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Which Kitchen Features do Consumers Want Most? Survey Says…
ForResidentialPros.com
A new report from the Research Institute for Cooking and Kitchen Intelligence identifies key kitchen and bath trends and future remodeling activities as seen by kitchen and bath designers and dealers.
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Art Buying Secrets from Top Interior Designers
Fine Art Tips
Interior designers are at the forefront of the hottest design trends and can keep you on the cutting edge of what is happening. Where do they look for new art and artists for their projects?
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Home's Smallest Room Often Packs the Biggest Punch
Las Vegas Review-Journal
The smallest room in the house is usually the one seen by the most people: the powder room. In today's lifestyle and modern homes, the powder room is considered an essential. A small space has its limits, but the tiny powder room opens up a lot of opportunities with color, pattern and accessories.
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Turning the Dining Room Into a Multi-Functional Space
WSI Designer Marketplace
There's a lot of debate these days about whether the formal dining room has gone out of style. Many families report that it's nearly impossible to get everyone to sit down together for a family meal, let alone a dressier meal in the dining room. So, it's no wonder many homeowners feel the dining room may be a bit of a waste of space.
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Kitchen Design Trend Alert: Wood Minimalism
Interior Complex
White-painted kitchen cabinets are by far the most popular look in North America. But you do have another option that is contemporary and brings in some warmth. Swap white kitchen cabinets for a sleek, warm-toned wood option.
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Look Inside the Green-Friendly One World Trade Center
MSNBC
One World Trade Center — now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere — has also reached new heights in sustainable design. Steven Plate, director of World Trade Center construction for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, gave MSNBC an exclusive tour.
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3-D Printing's Implications for Sustainable Sourcing
Mother Nature Network
It seems almost certain that 3-D printing will play a significant role in many industries of the future. As environmentalists, there's good reason to be optimistic: 3-D printing could greatly reduce the amount of materials needed in manufacturing everyday items and eliminate the need for a complicated, resource-intensive supply chain.
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Worldwide Demand for Green Building Materials Set to Soar by 2020
Colorcoat
New research has found that the worldwide demand for green construction materials is set to more than double by 2020. The data was collected by company Navigant Research, which looks at emerging technologies.
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Easy Being Green: 5 Incredible Sustainable Homes
Dwell
One of Dwell's perennial favorite departments is "Off the Grid," a monthly section devoted to sustainable architecture, materials and techniques. These five concepts top the charts of the past 13 years of green monitoring.
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Bio-Inspired Design Leads to Energy-Efficient Windows
The Green Optimistic
The vascular networks of living organisms have inspired an innovative new type of energy-efficient window. Researchers at the University of Toronto have created windows that limit heat loss during winter and provide a cooling effect during the summer.
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The 11 Fastest-Growing Trends in Hotel Interior Design
Freshome
Modern hotels have cleverly adapted to rapid social changes with creative solutions. From rethinking guestroom configurations to ensuring highly personalized experiences, hotel owners are transforming accommodation units into the highlights of any escape.
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How to Rock an Open Kitchen Design in a Restaurant
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William Bender and Eric Norman talk open kitchen design. This can be an extremely advantageous element for proving that food is made-to-order and fresh, and a well-designed open kitchen has the ability to add entertainment and lend personality to an establishment.
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Workplace Design in Dallas: Top Industry Execs Share Their Perspectives
D Magazine
A small group of global executives specializing in workspace conceptualization and interior design met recently for a candid breakfast discussion on industry trends. What's next in workplace design strategy, informed design the workplace conceptualization sphere?
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The A&D Community's Role in a Fit Nation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The way a community or a school or a store or a workplace is built can actually influence physical activity, access to healthier food and more to help create an overall fitter nation.

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The No. 1 Business Skill of the Next 5 Years
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Every so often, a new buzzword rips through the business world before ending up in a pile of tired terms. Today, one of the biggest corporate buzzwords is "storytelling."

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Professional Guide to Evidence-Based Homes
ASID
The ASID Foundation has published the first professional guide to evidence-based design for residential designers, authored by Dr. Sally Augustin and Barbara Miller, ASID.

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Tight Fit: Designing a Hybrid OR in Limited Square Footage
Healthcare Design
Outfitted with a full complement of operating room equipment plus state-of-the-art imaging technology, hybrid operating rooms are allowing surgeons to diagnose and pinpoint problems while patients are on the table. How does the room design help (or hinder) this process?
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How to Create the Perfect Workspace, According to Science
Popular Science
Research shows that how you arrange and decorate an office can make a difference for both mental health and productivity, which is why companies like Google shell out for sweet corporate digs.
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Brilliant Blueprints
Progressive Grocer
From a vastly remodeled store that went from drab to fab with an additional 15,000 square feet of space and a complete floor-to-ceiling facelift, to a transformed space that merges a warehouse format with an ultra-modern vibe and top-of-the-line services — these and 21 other supermarkets that have opened their doors during the past year have been chosen as winners of Progressive Grocer's fourth annual Store Design Contest.
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Sleepy Office Syndrome? It's Not You — It's Excess CO2
TreeHugger
It's the curse of modern working: the closed, artificially heated and cooled spaces. We did this on purpose, made these skyscrapers with windows that don't open and thermostats that can't be easily adjusted, to save energy. But did we forget about saving ourselves?
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Create a Physically Healthy Workforce through Design
Sourceable
Sedentary lifestyles are much to blame for the mass obesity crisis affecting the population. By redesigning the typical workplace, workers can stay physically healthy and be more productive.
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