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Color Trends in Action: Design for an Aging Population
Specs + Spaces
Understanding the power of color and the long-term effects for those using the space is becoming increasingly important. Color tone, combination, proportion and placement are key in any project, both from a visual perspective and for overall behavioral effects.
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Tomorrow's Leaders: Nominations for ASID Board of Directors Close Oct. 31
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ASID is accepting nominations until Oct. 31 for its Fiscal Year 2016 Board of Directors. The board plays a crucial role in ensuring that the Society continues to operate in the best interest of past, present and future members. Check the eligibility requirements and then complete the online form to nominate yourself or another great leader.
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Virginia Museum Seeks Pro Bono Design Support
The 1%
Loudoun Museum is a new museum hoping to secure Loudoun County's unutilized 1894 courthouse building as a new site for exhibitions. Local public and private figures stand ready to support this move. The museum seeks pro bono design services to launch the capital campaign in support of their transition into the historic building. Give 1% to help them preserve and reinvent the centerpiece building in downtown Leesburg, Virginia. As a partner of The 1% program, ASID and its Foundation encourage members to make pro bono service part of their practice.
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ASID and Partners: 40,000 Designers… 1 Million Healthier People
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ASID has committed to creating the "ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design," a single resource manual on healthy building design and construction. Eleven organizations are joining ASID in this commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative.
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Better Care Through Better Design
Healthcare Design
The Healthcare Design Conference is devoted to how the design of built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes and financial success of healthcare facilities now and in the future. With roughly 4000 participants at the conference, this event is one of the industry's best-attended conferences. Attendees can also earn up to 21 continuing education credits, network with peers and influence the direction of the industry as it advances into the future. Register now.
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California's Creating a Banner Year in Design-Build Legislation
Today's Facility Manager
California SB 785, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, streamlines laws and provides clarity and increased opportunity for project owners and managers. It is the eighth bill passed in California in the past year expanding design-build authority.
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Highlights of the AIA's Design Home Trends Survey
Custom Home
The AIA Home Design Trends Survey reported that as the housing industry continues to recover, homeowners are exhibiting a renewed interest in upgrades, including special function rooms, smart home automation features and products that promote sustainability. The survey covers activity during the second quarter of 2014 with a panel of more than 500 architecture firms that concentrate on residential design.
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Vern Yip: China Is the Next Big Influencer of Home Design
The Washington Post
Some prognosticators forecast that China's economy may overtake the U.S. as soon as this year, almost a decade sooner than most predicted just a few years ago. What's just as astonishing is the rapid pace at which China has morphed from a country caught in an aesthetic time warp to one that's now on the leading edge.
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Interior Design for Fall 2014: Colors and Cheer
Chicago Now
Color is truly back in the interior design world. It's often said that design trends follow the mood of the country and the clients as well as the economic outlook. Right now the trend is leaning toward color and increased funkiness in textile patterns in furnishing styles as well.
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An Ethereal Paper Lantern — That's Actually Made of Glass
Chicago Tribune
Japanese rice paper lanterns are an interior design staple, adding lovely ambience to indoor and outdoor spaces with their diffuse, warm light. Such delicate lamps don't last long, however, prone as they are to rips, punctures and tears. In a clever move, Italian lighting designer Foscarini has created a lamp that evokes the lightness of rice paper but is, in fact, made of Venetian blown glass.
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2014 Halloween Designs Range from Spooky to Chic
Archita Datta Majumdar
The air is getting festive, and if you are planning your Halloween decor, then a quick look at the latest design trends is warranted. The focus is no longer traditional but rather to go chic and dark — not to please or scare but to showcase style.
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How to Land the Big One
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Which fish is it you are trying to catch? When it comes to the design business, the "fish" is the client. Every designer will have a slightly unique target client profile. Developing a full understanding your target customers will go a long way to helping you reel in the kind of work you're looking for.
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Is Designing for Friends Causing Trouble for You?
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Many designers begin their careers by helping friends design their homes or offices for free. Sometimes, though, designers are working for a group of their friends who have come to expect a lifetime of free design service. This amounts to running a "design charity" instead of a business. Thankfully this isn't a difficult problem to solve.
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What Is the Owner's Role in the Interior Design Process?
Design Intelligence
Whether developing a new office building or simply redoing a current one, a proper interior design process is crucial to the success of the project. Owners have a vision of what they want, their design partners have their own ideas, and owners need to make sure everyone's on the same page. How do they do that? Design Intelligence offers a step-by-step guide for commercial office owners.
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Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2015: Subdued Elegance with a Dash of Cheer
Michael J. Berens
With the fall remodeling season well underway, the design media have now turned their attention to handicapping the hot design trends for the year ahead. In recent weeks, several reports have been released that provide insights into consumers' and designers' emerging preferences and priorities in kitchen and bath projects. While they range from the modest to the luxurious, a common thread runs through them, emphasizing function, practicality and simplicity.
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Lowe's Study Finds Homeowners Want Smart Home Controls
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A new smart home study released by Lowe's found that while Rosie the Robot is the futuristic feature consumers would want most from "The Jetsons," more than 70 percent of smartphone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed.
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Top Remodeling Trends Offer Opportunities and Challenges
Qualified Remodeler
This coming March, Qualified Remodeler will celebrate 40 years serving the remodeling industry. In preparation for a special issue this spring, the editors have been looking at the bigger picture of the remodeling industry going forward. Without jumping the gun, here are some trends that offer the greatest challenge and/or opportunity for remodelers in the coming years.
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Green's Good for Babies
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Moms who live in greener spaces give birth to healthier children. Researchers from Oregon and British Columbia determined, after eliminating other potential explanations, such as neighborhood air pollution, noise, walkability and distance to the nearest park, that "increased residential greenness was associated with beneficial birth outcomes in this population-based cohort," such as higher birth weights and fewer preterm births.
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Buying Green: Everyone's Doing It
College Planning & Management
Colleges and universities are focused on greening all aspects of campus operations, including within purchasing and procurement offices. Developing green purchasing initiatives can improve an institution's bottom line by cutting costs, as well as enhance its image.
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Who Wants Green Features in an Apartment: Multifamily Generational Trends
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A recent survey of more than 27,000 multifamily residents nationwide asked participants a series of questions ranging from how often they exercise to the value they place on green features in their apartments. Responses reveal which generations care most about particular green features such as energy-efficient appliances and recycling in their apartment buildings. Overall, and in each grouping, survey respondents ranked energy efficient appliances of the highest importance.
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5 Ways Technology Has Impacted Interior Design
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2015 Color of the Year: A Challenge for Design
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The Impact of the ACA on Interior Design
Interiors & Sources
The Affordable Care Act has been the subject of much debate and is not a trend, but an entirely new direction for the whole continuum of care — requiring key stakeholders to rethink and reset long-held assumptions about the healthcare delivery system. So what does this mean to the healthcare interior designer, and what opportunities are available to the design professional?
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Why Retailers Must Rethink In-store Design
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The "retail is dead" analogy talks about a reinterpretation of the physical environment to balance the virtual environment. Online, social media and mobile interactions are exponentially on the rise as customers look to engage with brands in a way that suits their lifestyles. A complete view of all the customer touchpoints is essential for any business.
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Hotel Room 'Hauling': Is Your Design Online?
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A "haul" video aims to capture initial impressions of a product immediately after it is purchased and unveiled without vendor supervision. These videos can be made for physical products that you take home with you or products that you temporarily occupy, such as guestrooms. In fact, hotel room haul videos are already quite common on YouTube, functioning as a personalized tour of the space instead of an unboxing.
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5 Ways to Build Wellness into a Business Center
Officing Today
Business center owners who want to attract top companies as tenants are always looking for ways to distinguish their properties in the marketplace. Increasingly, tenants want more than just the typical amenities, such as a cafe or open collaboration areas, searching for environments that promote general wellness (beyond having a gym). Here are five ways architects and designers are incorporating wellness inside and outside business centers.
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