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AIA billings index rises in August
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On the heels of a period of weakness in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index took a sudden upturn in August. The American Institute of Architects reported the August ABI score was 51.4, following a very weak score of 45.1 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.9, up sharply from a reading of 53.7 the previous month. More

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A design for healing
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A patient and his/her family would be better served by a health care system that was optimized around healing, rather than delivery. The built environment would contribute much more to a patient's healing process. The design approach to create a therapeutic healing environment stretches from the built form to the minute details of interior design as the same sends a positive message to the surroundings. More

Wine cellars, 2011 style
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Wine cellars don't have to be in a dungeon — nor do they have to be in a cellar. Homebuilders are including wine cellars in various new homes throughout America, and homeowners are adding wine storage in unlikely places: closets, halls, office areas, basements and the like. More

Pantone's 2012 predictions in rooms
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A two-part series reviews color company Pantone's predictions in color trends for the coming year. More

Greenbuild for Interior Designers (at last!)

The lack of attention paid to interior designers at Greenbuild has, over the years, ranged from blatant disregard to cursory acknowledgment. Take heart, designers: This year three organizations are joining together to provide a special event developed specifically for you. The Healthy Building Network, BuildingGreen and the ASID Foundation invite you to Interior Designers At the Forefront: Healthy Products & Healthy Building, a forum that addresses the real and practical needs of interior designers (and others — architects, engineers, product manufacturers) responsible for creating spaces that are healthier for occupants and the planet.

Join us for this provocative forum on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Nova Scotia Room at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel at 3 p.m., just prior to the grand opening of the exhibit hall. Admission is free. For additional details about the forum and interior design topics at Greenbuild, click here.

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Bio-inspired design
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To augment and expand her earlier design for ER One at Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C., Barbara Huelat, FASID, drew upon her research on place psychology, in particular that of geographer Jay Appleton, who developed a prospect-refuge theory of human habitat. More

Think outside the box, inside the wall
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As a designer, if you look behind the wall at the parts that are never seen but make plumbing fixtures and appliances actually work, you likely are an exception. Most designers (and this is not a criticism) don't do this because it has never been considered their business. However, there is a lot that can go on behind the wall that can benefit both you and your contractor/partner. More

Security. Convenience. Style.

Baldwin is pleased to introduce its latest security advancement, a keyless entry door lock. It features convenient one-touch locking with decorative hardware's only motorized deadbolt and two customizable access codes-one for family, one for temporary access. The keyless lock is easy to install in a standard door prep and can be integrated with wireless home automation systems utilizing Home Connect™ technology.

Electrical conduit exposed?
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A project in Brazil turns electrical woes into an opportunity for innovation. More

Friendly office aids in prep for not-so-friendly court processes
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With separate interview rooms designed for children and teenagers and a lounge where families can wait, the Maui County prosecutor's office is offering crime victims a "friendly atmosphere" to meet with deputy prosecutors in its new Victim Witness Services office. More


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The 'live-in kitchen' concept
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Ellen Cheever writes, "Several years ago, I began experimenting with a new kitchen layout strategy aimed at better integrating family activities and the primary storage/preparation/cooking work centers into one large living space. This new approach revolves around changing where these traditional work centers are placed within an expanded roomscape still labeled as a kitchen. I call it the 'live-in kitchen' plan, rather than an eat-in kitchen or a great room kitchen." More

The resilient workplace
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Two sustainability experts with the GSA's Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings outline key aspects of the resilient workplace — concepts that can be applied to any office space. More

Unlicensed interior designers petition US Supreme Court
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Arguing that Florida law cramps their style, a group of unlicensed interior designers is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out Florida's law regulating the profession. More

USGBC: LEED 2012 will feature M&R revisions, 2 new categories
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The U.S. Green Building Council's next update to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building program, coined LEED 2012, will include updates to the Materials & Resources credit category and introduce two new credit categories: Integrated Process and Performance. More Artwork Done Right

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Walt Disney's Favorite Chair is Back
Walt Disney Signature & Avant Gallery are proud to launch the re-imagined Airline_009 Chair designed by Cory Grosser, bringing the classic design of the original Airline Chair from 1934 back to life. Solid machined walnut frame with a fine leather upholstery in 10 beautiful colors. Made in the USA.

A cautionary tale
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Knowing when to say "yes" and when to say "no" is one of the most important skills a designer can have. More

IRS says no tax or record-keeping needed on employer-provided business cellphones
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In guidance issued on Sept. 14 to clarify the tax treatment of employer-provided cellphones, the Internal Revenue Service said there is no tax or special record-keeping required when the phones are used primarily for non-compensatory business reasons. More


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What if your client won't give you a budget?
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Often it seems next to impossible to get the client to give you a budget to work with. When that happens, you must help them create it on the spot. Don't despair; there are some clever ways to get the information you need. More

SEC implements whistleblower provisions
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With recent enforcement actions focused on foreign construction projects and seeking criminal and civil penalties against A/E/C firms and executives, the SEC's recently adopted rules implementing Dodd-Franks whistleblower provisions are of growing importance. More

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5 points for building an online ad budget
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As the last quarter of 2011 approaches, many businesses are preparing 2012 budgets. This is the time to review efforts and reallocate existing resources (monetary and otherwise) to generate a better return on investment. There is no denying that online advertising and marketing can help a company reach new customers, build stronger relationships with existing customers and reduce operational costs. More

7 critical ingredients of writing and responding to professional emails
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Contact with clients — in almost every industry — increasingly takes place via email. Successful businesspeople know how to write and respond to professional emails. More

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