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Active Design in Offices Gets Workers to Move
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Active interior design in business offices and public buildings is a growing trend as more cities and companies embrace healthy initiatives and "green" measures. Aside from obvious incentives such as on-site health clubs, some of the features of active design include stairs, shared communal space and outdoor spaces. More

Interior Design Students Learn from Natural Disaster Design
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With a series of devastating natural disasters occurring from all stretches of the globe, natural disaster awareness has become a global focal point, and many in the built sector have been tasked with changing the way they design and develop. Interior design students from Baylor University have been asked to create a 400-square-foot disaster relief dwelling for the "Social Design Summit: Designing for Disaster Relief Housing." More

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USGBC Fact-Checks USA Today
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Following the posting of USA Today's second part of a series of articles on the USGBC and the LEED green-building rating system, USGBC has posted a second response of its own to the discussion. In a blog post, vice president of LEED technical development Brendan Owens fact-checks USA Today writer Thomas Frank's piece, which was the first of the newspaper's package. More

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A New Era for Green Procurement
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Sustainable procurement work has never been more exciting. New data, science and processes are coming together with years of on-the-ground experience to create a new paradigm. A higher education pilot project is laying the groundwork for a sustainable procurement leadership recognition program, modeled on the USGBC's LEED rating system. More

Maturing Consumer Base Favors Comfort, Style    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Mature" buyers used to be viewed by much of the industry as something of an afterthought. But with the aging of America, that's all changing. Older consumers are remodeling in higher numbers than in past years, surpassing other age demographics for the first time ever, according to several recent studies. More

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Senior Living Industry at a Crossroads; Improving Aging Experience is Key
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The senior living industry is at a crossroads, and the decisions made today will have a far-reaching impact on the future, said Larry Minnix, president of LeadingAge, a nonprofit trade association of senior living providers, during the group's annual meeting held this year in Denver. More

Hotel Interiors Need Not Be Dull and Predictable
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"I want to pique the imagination of even the most jaded businessman," says Kit Kemp, design director and co-founder of Firmdale Hotels. "If I can do that for a second, then we've achieved something." By embracing color and shunning brands and formulas, Kemp says, hotels can be memorable. More

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DIFFA's Dining by Design
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Every year at this time, artists and interior designers across the country host Dining by Design events in major metropolitan areas for the benefit of DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. The hearts and minds of local artists and designers make each event a must-see showcase of creative talent. More

Eco-Friendly Office Design Tips that Promote Productivity
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Anyone who runs an office tends to have one thing at the top of their priority list: Finding ways to make their office setting more productive. After all, when people want to work harder, more gets done, right? But what if you're also someone who wants to achieve that goal in an eco-friendly way? More

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It's Getting Haute in Here: a Look at Kitchen Color
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Whether you're watching chefs in action through a restaurant's open kitchen or cooking in your own kitchen, color plays an important, and sometimes unexpected, role in this space. Designers use clever color palettes to cook up some juicy designs for residential and commercial kitchens. More

Designed to Inspire
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Office interiors have the power to inspire creativity, but sometimes they have the opposite effect. For New York City-based nonprofit Sing for Hope, its formerly dingy and dilapidated office location wasn't saying much about the organization or its mission. Then Rodriguez Studio remade a multipurpose office space and re-energized its cause. More

Effective Daylighting in Buildings
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In this second of a two-part series, the Building Science Forum offers an overview of how modern technology and evolving design can combine to create new methods for pushing daylight into the interior of any space, improving not only the efficiency but also the aesthetics. More

Considering Life Cycle Costs Can Pay Off in Restroom Renovations
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Restroom components tend to have a relatively long service life, typically 20 years or more. Therefore, decisions made during the planning process of a restroom renovation will have to stand the test of a very long time. More

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10 Amazing Libraries and Bookstores Around the World
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Beyond the shrinking book store franchises and "new media" libraries, there are special places around the world that celebrate the mystique of books in print. Join The Coolist to explore 10 amazing book stores and libraries around the world that make reading a truly artful experience. More

Innovation Opens Kitchen Possibilities
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Style, lighting, efficiency and health — both in terms of eco-friendly materials and in appliances with features that promote healthy eating — are feeding the most dominant trends of kitchen design. More

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10 Things to Consider When Building a Global Practice
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We live in a world that is constantly changing. The top 20 firms in the 2012 Almanac of Architecture and Design — all headquartered in the U.S. — reported that nearly $1.6 billion of revenue came from work outside our borders. If properly managed, global expansion can contribute astounding growth. But it also requires a completely different mindset and a whole new set of rules. More

18 Secrets to Giving a Presentation Like Steve Jobs
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In his book The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, Carmine Gallo lays out 18 steps you can follow to give talks like the founder of Apple. More

Don't Create a Bad Impression with the Simple Things in Sales
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It doesn't take much to create a negative impression, sometimes in the simplest ways. It's easy to lose perspective, do what has always been done or fall into the act of "processing a customer" — especially when time is short. This article shares tips on some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them. More

Writing a Press Release that Makes a Bold Statement
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Press releases are a great way to get your business increased exposure online and to generate good one-way links. A few guidelines will help you write a press release that will be published. More

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Eight Ideas for Visual Content on Pinterest
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Sometimes, even for hyper-creative and visual designers, finding things to pin on Pinterest that are relevant to your business can be hard. There are some fun ideas that are easy to implement and that will attract more attention for your Pinterest boards. More

Preparation is Good Manners
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Marketing guru Chris Brogan says too many businesses are trying to improvise these days. If you're educating people or consulting, how do you prepare for your clients? What are you doing to make their experience unique to them? More

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Big Data for Small Businesses
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Thanks to affordable storage rates and intelligent software, companies now have access to a staggering amount of data about their customers, operations and markets. This information, and the industry that has blossomed around it, has come to be known as Big Data — and it can have a big impact on your small business. More

How Off-Page SEO Will Get You Noticed by Search Engines
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Any good SEO strategy requires off-page SEO, which involves website owners going beyond their own website to promote their business and create a buzz online. Here are the basics on a number of techniques, including link building, establishing trust and authority and generating social shares. More
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