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Retail design industry foresees good year ahead
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Overall, the retail design industry is feeling stable, perhaps even a bit optimistic, about their current economic situation, according to the 2012 State of the Retail Design Industry Report. It seems most retailers and design firms are feeling relief and are planning to stay the course over the next year as their businesses continue to balance out. More

A 2-story house that uses less net energy than an urban studio
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Set anywhere else, this laboratory would look entirely unremarkable. It is, by all appearances, a typical suburban American home. But this home — with 10 kilowatts of photovoltaic panels on the roof and another four solar thermal panels over the front porch — will generate as much energy as a four-person family can consume in a year. More

What's next for sustainable design?
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It is an interesting time for practitioners deeply focused on sustainable design, and also for those who are not yet engaged. On one hand, the bar is rising rapidly with new rating systems and code requirements. On the other hand, modern design is evolving in response to a cultural yearning for authenticity. More

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August architecture billings stabilize after four straight declines
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After a four-month skid, billings at U.S. architecture firms edged up very modestly in August. The ABI in August was 50.2, indicating minor growth in design billings. Inquiries for new project activity also improved, showing its strongest gain since the first quarter of the year. More

ASID Welcomes New Board of Directors
On Oct. 1, ASID welcomed a new board of directors for the upcoming 2013 fiscal year. And they're already hard at work on the Society's commitment to advance the profession through collaboration, research and initiatives that expand business opportunities for members. Click here to learn more about incoming ASID President Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC, and the other new members of the board.

ASID Student Design Competition Now Accepting Entries
How can you, as a designer, create an environment that helps address a current social crisis? Show us your solution by entering the 10th annual ASID Student Design Competition and you could win $2,000 and national recognition! Scour the media to come up with an issue on which you think you can make an impact and utilize creative and critical thinking skills to develop an "informed design." Deadline to submit is Nov. 15, and more information can be found at

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Woman builds livable 'tiny house' as part of sustainability movement
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While McMansions continue to sprout all over Northern Virginia, Sarah McNair is going hard in the other direction: She joined the "tiny house" movement, and for her master's degree, the Fairfax County resident built a fully sustainable, 210-square-foot house. More

Standardizing post-occupancy evaluations
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With a large number of healthcare facilities undergoing replacement or renovation, a knowledge base of post-occupancy evaluations that examine not only user satisfaction but also healthcare outcomes could be an invaluable asset. More

Surface value
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Summing up current kitchen countertop trends in a few phrases might go a little like this: durability, generational preferences, clean and simple, and ice cream sundaes. When taken together, they reflect prevailing consumer attitudes about kitchen remodels (and perhaps home improvement projects in general): Sure, they're renovating for themselves but hey, let's not get too crazy. More

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Building products labeling program launches
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The International Living Future Institute has launched an ingredients-labeling program to help building products specifiers identify ecologically sound materials and products. Each product accepted into the new Declare database receives a clear and informative "nutrition label" that includes its ingredients, source and manufacturing locations. More

Is renovating with BIM technology a cheaper alternative to new construction?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The greatest challenge when undertaking a renovation project is the unknown and hidden condition of the existing building. This article describes how to develop a strategic BIM plan for the renovation process of existing facilities. More

Senior facilities turning to 'constructability' counselors to control costs
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Senior living development projects are costing more to begin with and have increased 35 percent, on average, for assisted living and independent living development. Rather than risk going over-budget and endangering the future success of a planned senior living community, some companies are turning to "constructability" counselors to help ensure their plans for a project can be carried out as envisioned — and as budgeted. More

Next-generation youth spaces
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Most churches have come a long way from the youth spaces of yesterday, which typically featured folding metal chairs and a cluttered basement. Although rock climbing walls and video game stations might come to mind in cutting-edge ministry, most facilities fall somewhere in between the two extremes. Worship Facilities Magazine asked designers who are working with youth ministries in every corner of the country, "What's next?" More

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The unvarnished truth
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For years, pure durability has ruled the design kingdom. Interiors of all kinds have been covered from ceiling to floor with materials and products boasting of long life cycles with little degradation of their original, like-new looks. But as technological advancements in finish materials steadily marched forward, many designers forgot to ask if that was truly the most desirable goal. More

Recycled materials, low-energy designs shine at Maison & Objet
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There was huge amount of intriguing work on display at this year's Maison & Objet at Paris Design Week. From a Dutch company that sources natural waste materials from Asia for making handcrafted lamps to a Japanese firm that creates Lego-inspired bricks from tea and coffee grounds, Inhabitat rounded up some of the best designs that utilize recycled materials at this year's Maison & Objet. More

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Visual clutter and cognitive impairment
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A new study by researchers from Georgia Tech and the University of Toronto indicates that people with mild cognitive impairment, often seen as a precursor to Alzheimer’'s disease, may benefit from a less visually complex environment. More

Universal design for kitchens
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Unlike kitchens designed years ago, universal design today doesn't mean boring design, but quite the opposite. It is important to note that universal design practices are broader than that of barrier-free design — they are, in fact, universal. Following a few simple tips can help create a kitchen that is functional for every user. More

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Is regional color and style fact or fiction?
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Interior designer Kelley Stratton ponders the question: Does location affect a client's color and design aesthetic? More

Technology every home should have
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Archie Anderson, a tech expert and interior designer, reviews some of the most revolutionary technology tools he believes should be found in every home. More

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Value added
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Incoming ASID President Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC, explores how designers can leverage technology, innovation and communication to enhance the value of interior design. More

4 innovation strategies from big companies that act like startups
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Established companies have a reputation for being way too bureaucratic to be innovative. But taking a page from startup culture, some have figured out how to become agile and fast-moving despite their size, Soren Kaplan writes. More

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Do you give away too much?
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Have you ever had a client who just keeps asking for special favors? You probably try to take care of them and accommodate their repeated requests. But having a good heart in business can come at great cost to your bottom line. More

How to prequalify your clients
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Many designers experience a common predicament: They invest a lot of time, thought and effort in preparing a thorough, well-researched proposal — only to have the client choose someone else or decide not to move forward. But some knowledge about how to prequalify your clients can help avoid wasted time and feelings of resentment. More

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Get your customers to sell for you: 5 tips
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When it comes to selling, referrals are the holy grail. It's much easier to make a sale when the sales process starts with a customer recommending you to a friend or colleague. More

Create a presentation your audience will care about
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Generating ideas is the easiest part of creating a presentation. The hard part is deciding what to keep. Many of your ideas may be fascinating or clever, but you can't squeeze them all in — and no one wants to hear them all, anyway. More
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