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Evolving workspace: Putting light to work in office design
Electrical Industry
Once upon a time, office space was a combination of cubicles and file cabinets, computer terminals and conference areas. But changes in technology have helped transform the look and feel of the workplace. Current research and emerging practices suggest that attention to office lighting design can go a long way in making the office work better, feel more comfortable and invite greater collaboration.
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Why Steve Jobs obsessed about office design (and, yes, bathroom locations)
Walter Isaacson
There is something special, as evidenced at Bell Labs, about meetings in the flesh, which cannot be replicated digitally. The founders of Intel created a sprawling, team-oriented open workspace where employees all rubbed against one another. It was a model that became common in Silicon Valley.
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Cost-effective interiors for healthcare facilities
REMI Network
Even though interior design is often first to be cut from a healthcare facility's budget, it is perhaps one of the most important investments its operators can make. When layouts are optimized for efficiency, quality of care improves.
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Designing a comfortable office for older staff
Office Space
Jeremy Myerson recently prepared a study titled "Welcoming Workplace" in which he mentions that while staff members of all generations may want the same kinds of spaces, there are still some significant, age-specific details that should be taken into consideration.
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Now available: What Clients Want, Vol. 2
What Clients Want, Vol. 2 is the second in the compelling IIDA book series, What Clients Want. The second volume extends the conversation on design excellence, and places a special focus on hotel design. To place an order for What Clients Want, Vol. 2, click here.
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2nd Annual EDspaces Innovation Awards: Closes this week
IIDA, in cooperation with EDmarket, created the EDspaces Innovation Awards to recognize manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design for the learning environment. Click here to enter before Friday, Oct. 17.
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How are you 'Designing for the Future'?
This year's Designing for the Future campaign, running now through Dec. 1, will benefit the NCIDQ Tuition Reimbursement Fund, which has helped 117 IIDA members from 26 chapters (and counting). In addition, this year's campaign will also benefit the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, to support its development of accreditation standards for 2014-2015.
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4 guidelines when designing for net-zero energy
Energy Manager Today
When designing a net-zero energy building that produces all of its own renewable energy onsite, there are four points to consider.
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ENERGY STAR certification comes to multifamily buildings
The popular STAR certification system has been customized and redesigned for use in multifamily buildings. A new report from Fannie Mae and the EPA, "Transforming Multifamily Housing: Fannie Mae's Green Initiative and Energy Star for Multifamily," provides insight into the ENERGY STAR rating system for multifamily properties.
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CBRE unveils innovative office design
Maryland Daily Record
Commercial real estate firm CBRE's new offices in Baltimore are designed to be more efficient, promote greater collaboration and help the firm compete for talent in the "new workforce." The new space has no assigned desks, is nearly paperless and allows the company to add 12 employees.
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7 paths to peak profits for interior designers
Fred Berns
Interior design professionals can boost their bottom line and have a fantastic finish to 2014 if they follow seven simple strategies.
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Unleash the full power of the email auto-reply
Radicati Group, a technology marketing-research firm, predicts the total number of email accounts across the world is expected to increase to more than 4.9 billion by the end of 2017. Since email only continues to grow as an important communication tool, how you present yourself professionally and personally through your email communications is worth a review. One of the least thought about email types is the auto-reply.
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3 notorious networking mistakes you don't want to make
Have you ever had the feeling that you're not networking correctly? It's not enough to be networking constantly. You need to do it in the right ways.
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