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ABI moves upward; overall business conditions remain negative
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After a sharp dip in September, the Architecture Billings Index climbed nearly three points in October, to 49.4, following a score of 46.9 in September. AIA reports that — although a rise in billings always is an encouraging sign — there continues to be a high level of volatility in the marketplace, with architecture firms reporting a wide range of conditions from improving to uncertain to poor. A similar state of affairs is likely in the coming months. More

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ABC predicts 2012 will be a slow year for construction
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Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its 2012 economic forecast for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industry, stating 2012 will be "a year of gradual progress as advances in private construction are partially offset by ongoing declines in publicly financed construction." The pace of recovery in the nation's nonresidential construction industry remains soft, and 2012 is positioned to be a year of slow gain. More

Baby boomers seek smaller, affordable homes
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Baby boomers who plan to move for retirement are looking for smaller, affordable homes that are easily accessible to medical care and near their family. Baby boomers who make more than $100,000 a year are the most likely to say they plan to buy a new home during retirement. More

Announcing the Baldwin Reserve Portfolio
Baldwin Reserve combines quality craftsmanship with advanced technology to deliver a personalized blend of styles. Easily mix and match knobs, levers, and roses, in eight finishes to deliver a custom look for every architectural style. Reserve offers short lead times, quick installation and an industry leading limited 25-year finish warranty. MORE

Deciding where to work
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Researchers with the British Council for Offices found workers value the social benefits of working in a communal space. On the other hand, noise was seen as one of the worst aspects of the office, suggesting employees are not well served by one-dimensional work spaces with a single design model rather than a range of working environments. More

Interior design profession's body of knowledge: How it relates to health, safety, welfare
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A seminal industry research report issued six leading interior design organizations, including ASID, CIDA, IDC, IDEC, IIDA and NCIDQ, highlights a growing body of evidence that supports the positive impact of interior design on public health, safety and welfare. More

Frontiers of design science: The rise of evidence-based design
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There's a quiet but important revolution going on in environmental design today. It started in hospitals, of all places. Through the years, the medical profession has taken an increasing interest in the design of hospitals, because it has become evident that patients' health had a lot to do with the design of the spaces. More

ASID Guide to Ecolabels

Deciphering the programs that benchmark ecological sustainability can be confusing and overwhelming. To take the guesswork out of navigating the plethora of certifications for building materials and FF&E, the Society recently released the ASID Guide to Ecolabels. Intended to be used as an initial reference when examining sustainability and energy/water-efficiency assertions, the Guide compares key features of the most prevalent ecolabels currently used in the U.S. Download your copy of the ASID Guide to Ecolabels at

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The bariatric patient: How will new guidelines affect health facility design?
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With 68 percent of U.S. adults either overweight or obese (and 48 percent of the pediatric population), hospitals and medical facilities subsequently are faced with the challenge of adjusting their buildings to accommodate the growing segment. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Geotech Collection
A stunning interpretation of veined marble, Geotech Porcelain tile from Walker Zanger offers luxury, value and durability. Geotech will bring a sophisticated modern look to both residential and commercial spaces and can be used indoors and out. Visit to see the complete Geotech Collection. more

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Consumers want well-planned spaces when updating the kitchen or bath. They want the rooms to be both beautiful and functional, as well as meet their needs and mesh with the overall aesthetic. Kitchen and bath designers know, however, that when creating a design, it's important to tap into the client's feelings and create a space that also will resonate emotionally with the homeowner. Only then will the client feel truly connected to the space. More

Inventing the collaborative work space
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Most corporate buildings don't do a good job of supporting collaboration, brainstorming and innovative work methods. They tend to be dominated by cubicles or offices suited for individual work or by hard-to-book conference rooms teams can use — but only for short periods of time. One Silicon Valley company, however, shares what happened when it let interior design lead the way in creative collaboration. More

Guide helps designers ease transition for senior clients
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A new book, "Decisive Moves, A Step-by-Step Guide for Seniors Downsizing into Retirement Living Space," can be a valuable resource for interior designers working with clients whose living space is shrinking. Author Gretchen Robinson used her experience in interior design and psychiatric nursing to create this online guidebook that helps empower seniors to let go of the "stuff" that accumulates during a lifetime. More


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Luxury living: The magnificent made-to-order condo
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It all began with the idea of offering luxury condominium buyers more options — and not just a few extra finishes. A 52-unit building in Canada has become something of a concrete choose-your-own-adventure for design-savvy buyers who want the feel of a custom home but the footprint of a condo. More

McDonald's redesigns interiors to incorporate regional culture
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McDonald's will keep the golden arches but is redesigning the interior of many of its franchises in France, aiming to take a radical step away from its traditional approach by offering spaces tailored to the region's culture. More

Medical center reflects research on how design affects health outcomes
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The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, Calif., is planned as a shining example of evidence-based hospital design. The planners went beyond California's already strict building standards by incorporating the latest research surrounding infection control and best outcomes for patients. More

New books explore vintage interiors, evaluate the 'power table'
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Fans of space-age design certainly will want to check out the new book "Interiors '70: The Photography of Carla De Benedetti by Giovanni Odoni." This is the 1960s and 1970s, seen through interior design magazines of the time. Meanwhile, in her new book, artist Jacqueline Hassink reprises her photography series on the table, focusing this time on that iconic image of power: the corporate boardroom's conference table.

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Saying no: Clients worth rejecting
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In the design world, refusing a new client is an uncommon occurrence, especially in today's economy. However, there are times when that tiny, two-letter word will save you a huge amount of time, money and aggravation. The key is to recognize the characteristics and qualities that can be red flags warning you to say no. More

Facebook power tips for small business
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Small businesses often miss the mark when using Facebook to grow a quality fan base effectively and engage with their community. A study of 4,000 small businesses found those with more than 500 fans saw 3.5 times more traffic than pages with fewer than 500 fans. More

How not to get 'killed' doing accessories
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Veteran designers know finding the appropriate accessories for a job can be time-consuming and expensive — yet we continue to put in unpaid hours (not a wise business decision) in order to see the job complete as we envisioned it. Use these three simple strategies to make accessorizing a profit center — not a loss — in your business. More


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Google Plus your interior design business
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It's finally here: an alternative to Facebook fan pages, and something each one of you as interior designers should have even if you don't have a Facebook fan page. What is it? Google Plus for businesses. More

No tell, no sell: Remind them you're remarkable
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If they don't get it, you don't get it — business, that is. Interior designers, you must understand exactly what sets you apart before clients will bring you their projects. Do you remind them of what they'll miss by shopping around at other firms? More

Small businesses weigh health benefits options
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For many small businesses, the path to offering health insurance is strewn with high costs, tough trade-offs and uncertainty. The health reform law dangles a tax incentive meant to encourage small companies to offer coverage to their workers by having the federal government pay 35 percent of employees' premiums, an amount set to rise to 50 percent in 2014. But some small companies say they can't qualify because of narrow rules, leaving them scrambling to provide a baseline of coverage to their employees. More

Consider tax law — yes, tax law — as you design space
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The director of a corporate interior design studio says explains how her company works closely with clients to develop strategies that support the financial health of their organizations: "Of course we consider space reduction strategies and budget-driven design, but recently we have looked even further afield — to tax law."

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Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system. 
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