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At Home in the Office
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One of the most important changes in workplace design is the confluence of residential and office solutions, combined with the rise of home offices and a shift in management styles. Work environments are softening, changing from Dilbert cube farms to "corporate homes." More

USGB Council to Receive Grant from Google    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced a $3 million grant from Google that will support research on building materials and health, develop new transparency tools and engage stakeholders from across the industry. More

Prescribing Art to Better Healthcare
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Today, it's rare to walk into a hospital without seeing artwork on the walls or a sculpture in the lobby. Hospital administrators are now beginning to understand that the built environment plays a unique role in decreasing stress for patients and families. What's missing in this equation is an understanding of how successful hospital arts programs promote what is referred to as a "trigger effect," which helps the body and mind connect. More

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A New Policy That Incentivizes Walkable Neighborhoods
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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced a new policy initiative designed to encourage diverse, walkable neighborhoods that use land efficiently. The Department of Housing and Community Development "expects" municipalities creating such zoning districts to include standards requiring or promoting mixed land uses, sustainability, housing for a range of incomes and homes for "diverse populations," including families with kids, individuals with disabilities and the elderly. More

Home Making: Evidence-Based Design for Residential Environments
Applying scientific evidence in home design will differentiate you from your peers and can justify charging premiums for your services. The ASID Foundation has published the first professional guide to evidence-based design for residential designers, authored by environmental psychologist, Dr. Sally Augustin, and Barbara Miller, ASID. To download a free copy, click here.

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Small Meetings Inspire Design Innovations    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As workers begin to move out of formal conference rooms, hotel companies are following suit by transforming casual public spaces into more collaborative meeting environments. Recently, Marriott International teamed up with Steelcase, Industry partner of ASID, to develop new collaborative spaces. More

BIM and the Evolution of Green Interior Design
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Technological systems such as BIM and CAD have long been a part of industry efforts, with modern construction and architecture sectors almost always incorporating them in project development. Now, these digital tools are finding their own unique function as an important part of the green building movement. More

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The World's a Stage
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There has long been a kinship between stage design and hospitality, but few know its sweet spot better than David Rockwell, who has triumphed at both. More

A Case for Vinyl
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As evidence-based design brings about a more rigorous product selection process in healthcare environments, vinyl flooring is ready for the spotlight. Its ability to improve safety, create a welcoming environment and reduce disturbances for both patients and staff make it a popular choice among healthcare architects and designers. More

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14 Settees and Lounges that Work Magic in Small Spaces
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They have smaller footprints than sofas, but they are roomier than chairs. They are dainty and elegant and sculptural. A settee is the cornerstone of a conversation nook and the perfect thing to fill a dead space. More than just furniture, these upholstered seats are objects of decoration and design dilemma-solvers. More

New Design Books Hit Shelves in Time for Holidays
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It's prime time for design books, with subjects ranging from historic interiors to Irving Penn-inspired flower arrangements. Read on for a preview of 10 new books just in time for holiday gifts-giving. More

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Senior Settings: How Facilities are Accommodating the Aged
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A facility that is properly constructed to meet the needs of a patient also serves as an integral part of patient care. If the facility is less than an optimal caregiver, it could contribute to stress-creating conditions, medical errors and extended lengths of stay. This is especially true for elderly patients, with their unique set of medical needs. More

Kravet Welcomes Rising Stars of Interior Design
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Last week, the International Furnishings and Design Association's New York Chapter honored their 2012 Rising Stars of Interior Design winners, including Drew McGukin, Allied ASID. More

Mind the Gap: Using Sound Masking in Closed Spaces

Closed offices and meeting rooms are built with the intention of providing occupants with both visual and acoustic privacy. While the first goal can easily be achieved, the second often proves elusive because of the many ways in which sound can transfer from one space to another.


Latest Version of the C2C Certified Product Standard Debuts
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Evolution continues for the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Certified program, which evaluates and encourages the advancement of healthy and safe building materials. C2C founder William McDonough, FAIA, recently teamed with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Make It Right Foundation to announce the release of Version 3.0 of the C2C Certified Product Standard. More

A Modernist Dream House Winds Through the Woods
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The Combs Point Residence blends sleek modernist living with an unbridled blast of floor-to-ceiling nature. Views don't get much better than this. More

"Habitable Cubes" Displays Students' Talents
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Sacramento State interior design students exhibit their creativity and group project skills with Habitable Cubes, a collection of nine 8-foot cubes built solely from corrugated cardboard and fasteners, in the Sacramento State Library. More

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Emerging Social Photo-Sharing Sites for Business
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Hundreds of businesses have turned to social photo-sharing site Pinterest as a new way to promote their products and share ideas. But as popular as Pinterest is, using it to convert followers into customers isn't always easy. Three emerging sites shorten the distance between you and your customers. More

Call Rather Than "Card" During the Holidays    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This is the time of year that interior design professionals, retailers, showroom managers, manufacturers' reps and others have the same idea in mind: Mail out those seasonal sentiments. Why not do what your competitors don't do over the holidays: pick up the phone! More

15 WordPress User Errors That Make You Look Silly
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If you're running your website on WordPress there's a chance you're running into certain errors that can make you look, well, just a little bit silly. The good news? These errors are easy to fix. More

Create Perfect Mood Boards: 25 Pro Tips
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Mood boards can be a great way to convey your design idea to stakeholders, helping you win pitches and get sign-off early on. Follow our expert advice on how to create them. More

Network and Create Your Own Luck
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Bertrand Sosa, an entrepreneur and co-founder of Rev Worldwide, says networking is critical because we live in a connected world. In this video, he talks about the networking that goes on at RISE, a nonprofit conference for entrepreneurs. He also advises entrepreneurs to make networking a priority as they build their companies. More

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How to Manage Conflict in Virtual Teams
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Unresolved employee conflicts are bad enough in a traditional, physical workplace. They are more dangerous in a virtual environment where people don't have the luxury of proximity to work their differences out face-to-face. More

Mistakes Your Business is Making on LinkedIn
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Businesses that navigate LinkedIn properly engage customers, generate sales leads and swap internal information among employees. When used the right way, this social media platform can be a powerful tool. More

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