ASID Eye on Design
October 9, 2009

Leading lights gather to discuss future of design
Taubman College
University of Michigan's Taubman College is hosting a Future of Design conference, this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 & 10, 2009. Thirty designers, critics and provocative thinkers will come together to brainstorm about how design is evolving across various disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, interactive, industrial, and interior design. The speakers will present their views in 15-minute segments. All segments will be available on YouTube starting Oct. 19, 2009.More

Sustainable design: What to do with the infrastructure we've already built
Fast Company
The handful of net-zero architectural masterworks may be garnering all the media attention, but how much impact are they really making on the big environmental issues? Perhaps it's time to consider the bigger picture: We sit on the edge of a strange new opportunity to design, engineer, and plan for a wholesale remaking of an infrastructure we've already built. Food for thought from Fast Company.More

Hospitals use decor, ammenities to enhance health-care experience
Dayton Daily News
Any marketer will tell you if you want to capture a household's dollars, you need to get the woman’s attention. That belief is evident at area hospitals, as soft lighting, muted colors and commonsense practices have been put into place to attract the female consumer. More

Getting the guests to sort
The New York Times
While some hotels sort and recycle guests' trash after it leaves the room, hospitality executives say starting an in-room recycling program is a lot more complicated than simply placing blue bins under the desks. Even educating guests about sorting their trash is not a simple matter, since recycling is one of those chores that often falls by the wayside on a trip, much like exercising or making the bed. Still, more hotels are offering recycling options, in part because surveys indicate environmentally friendly practices matter to guests.More

New "holistic" degree integrates design disciplines
Custom Home Online
The International Academy of Design & Technology – Detroit has begun enrolling students in a new Construction Management & Design (CMD) bachelor of science degree program, which covers the fundamentals of construction management as well as emerging and evolving trends in the industry. The CMD degree is a holistic, three-year program, integrating aesthetic and functional, technical and practical through a study of project management, construction processes, interior design, architectural drafting, residential and commercial design, building systems, community planning, global sustainability, and green design.More

Float house offers solution to flood-plagued areas
the Change Observer
In repopulating cities hit by Hurricane Katrina's floods, or anywhere waters rise (as they do increasingly around the world), the big question racking the brains of architects and planners has been how to keep houses high and dry when storms surge onshore. The common impulse has been to find ways to hike up the main living areas of houses to 10, 15 or 20 feet high. Now architects at Morphosis in Los Angeles, working with graduate architecture students at the University of California, Los Angeles, unveiled another solution: a floating house. In the Netherlands, as Morphosis principal Thom Mayne points out, the notion is not novel, yet it hasn’t really been tried in this country.More

Cooper-Hewitt adds Trove wallpapers to permanent collection
Interior Design
In an acquisition befitting of its name, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has added two wallpaper patterns from New York-based manufacturer Trove to its permanent collection's treasure chest of 10,000 wallcoverings. The collection, dating from the late 17th century and the largest and most varied in the United States, now includes Trove's Ara and Indi wallpapers, both of which highlight the natural design themes the company is known for.More

Anti Wi-Fi paint offers digital privacy
Researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan have created a special paint which can block out wireless signals. The paint contains an aluminum-iron oxide which resonates at the same frequency as wi-fi - or other radio waves - meaning the airborne data is absorbed and blocked.More

Building sector leaders call for steep energy and emissions cuts
Interiors & Sources
Twenty-four of the largest and most influential architecture, engineering, and development firms based in the Unites States, which are responsible for a combined $100 billion in building construction annually, have joined forces with Architecture 2030, a leading nonprofit research organization, to call on Congress to update national building code standards to meet steep and achievable energy reduction targets.More