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How software fundamentally changed design
Interior Design
Sofware has fundamentally changed the way we design as a profession, say designers at five major firms. We're talking design technology — AutoCAD, Autodesk 3dsMax, BIMLink, Google SketchUp, Revit, Rhino, Trelligence Affinity — and all the plugins and personalization that makes these programs the most helpful.
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Bars are so yesterday: The hotel lobby as the new destination of choice
Target Commercial Interiors
 Long treated as dead spaces that hotel guests raced through on the way to the elevator, lobbies are being transformed into places to work, surf the Web or meet friends for a drink. The goal is to attract the younger set who have plenty of disposable income to spend.
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Before the design: Measuring productivity over time
Work Design
Offices that tend to simply follow trends — thinking the new ways of working they see popping up everywhere are better and produce better results — usually find their approach backfires. The trick is to analyze and understand the workplace culture before implementing changes.
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Lighting trends In healthcare design
Healthcare Design
Of all the products needed to build new healthcare facilities or update existing ones, none has undergone the basic changes in selection criteria that lighting has. While components like HVAC systems and building envelopes have been improved upon incrementally over time, lighting has been rocked by the growing use of LEDs.
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Entry deadlines approaching for IIDA competitions
IIDA presents more than 10 competitions annually, each one celebrating a different aspect of interior design worldwide. You still have time to compete this year!
  • Student Sustainable Design Competition: Honor original sustainable design by students whose projects demonstrate consistent, creative sustainable principles.
    Entries due Nov. 15

  • EdSpaces Innovation Award: Recognize manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design for the learning environment.
    Entries due Nov. 20

  • Global Excellence Awards: Celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international interior design/interior architecture projects in 10 categories.
    Entries due Nov. 22

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IIDA chapter turns historic firehouse into safe haven for children
Design Matters
The IIDA Northern California Chapter, in partnership with Pankow Builders, Ltd., recently renovated the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, which occupies a former firehouse built in 1895. Renovations will enable the Center to offer a safer, more inviting and accessible place for vulnerable children and families.
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World Festival of Interiors honors projects in 13 categories
The Editor at Large
David Kohn Architects' Carrer Avinyo apartment in Barcelona was crowned the best interior design of 2013 at the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors award ceremony at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore last month. The winning design beat 55 other nominations to the prize.
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6 tips to make the most of industry trade shows
Emma Fitzpatrick
Trade shows are one of the best places to garner new business, attract new customers and interact face-to-face with potential clients. But they also are a huge investment of money. Are you making the most of every dollar you're putting into industry trade shows?
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Questions to consider before retweeting anything
What you tweet says a lot about you, as do your retweets. But you should consider certain things before blindly retweeting something. It's important to get it right, especially if you use Twitter to network, attrack customers or build your business.
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