ASID Eye on Design
June 12, 2009

An Open Letter to Design Students Everywhere
from Design Observer
Design Observer’s Jessica Helfand shares advice, encouragement and inspiration for soon-to-be and soon-to-not-be design students who may be wondering, what’s next? “It is a great time to be a student,” asserts Helfand. “Go out and make great things, things that help us, inform us, enlighten and change and impact the world in millions of meaningful and glorious ways.” More

Two New Studies Point to Aging-in-Place Trend
from Kitchen & Bath Design News
More remodeling clients are planning ahead and opting to alter their homes—including kitchens and baths—for aging-in-place requirements, according to the results of two separate studies conducted by industry-related organizations. The studies, conducted by the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), point to a distinct trend toward increased consumer demand for Universal Design modifications to existing homes. More

Housing to Drive Economic Stability in 2010
The Chicago Federal Reserve surveyed consumers in the Midwest region and concluded that there will be economic growth in 2010, but joblessness will remain a problem. The 2010 recovery is likely to be driven by spending on residential properties, as well as an increase in industrial production, says William Strauss, senior economist at the Chicago Fed. More

Tools of Today Are Opportunities for Tomorrow
from DesignIntelligence
Is now the time to invest in new technology for your firm? DesignIntelligence invited several of the A&D profession’s IT leaders to participate in a virtual roundtable to share their thoughts on issues of technology. More

Study: Growth in Green Building Materials to Continue
from Hospitality Design
The already substantial market for green building materials for both the commercial and residential properties will continue to grow, per NextGen Research. The global green building materials market valued at $455.3 billion last year is expected to reach $571 billion by 2013, per its new report "Green Building Materials: Making Cement, Insulation and Wood Products Increasingly Environmentally Friendly." More

Increasing Number of Americans Are Saving Household Energy
from Multi-Housing News
Consumers are turning to energy-efficient products for their homes, according new research from Nielsen Claritas. A survey of more than 32,000 consumers found 25 percent of respondents had purchased an Energy Star certified appliance, lighting product, or heating or cooling equipment in the last year. Energy conserving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) have shown strong adoption with 71 percent of consumers using at least one bulb in their homes. Nearly a third (30 percent) of those surveyed said they are using more than six. More

Cheer Up: Colors Lighten the Mood
from Detroit Free Press
Bright color is making a big splash in the furniture market, says Jaclyn C. Hirschhaut, spokeswoman for the American Home Furnishing Alliance in High Point, N.C. Some new designs feature hot pinks, oranges and yellows. Others come in cool but lively blues, greens and turquoise. More

Expectations for 50+ Market Show Modest Rise
from Nation's Building News
Builders of single-family housing for the active-adult home buyer market noted an increase in the traffic of prospective buyers during the first quarter of this year, according to the 55+ Housing Market Index (55+ HMI) released recently by the National Association of Home Builders. "A strong and growing number of retirees and empty-nest households are interested in either downsizing or moving to a more user-friendly home — especially if it's near their existing community," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "But the current market still presents significant obstacles to home owners who need to sell an existing home before buying a more appropriate one. That situation is holding many mature consumers back from moving.” More