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IIDA crowns best of the best in global design
Editor at Large
IIDA, in collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, has revealed the winners of the 2014 IIDA Global Excellence Awards, an annual worldwide design competition that honors and celebrates excellence in the creation of international built design.
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A year of blurred boundaries in office design… and more to come
Workplace Insight
The past year has been marked by something of an existential crisis for the office and office design. It's theoretically possible for organizations to do away with workplaces — but they won't, for the simple fact they need them as part of their identity and desire for physical presence, and people need them because some things are best done together (especially many forms of communication), to forge and nurture relationships, to structure time and to feel a sense of belonging.
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A new front door: Upgrading the emergency department
Healthcare Design
A number of healthcare market conditions are inspiring providers and their design teams to take a fresh look at the emergency department, with a few strategies emerging to bring new life to the space and make a lasting impression.
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Ditching the cubicle can boost productivity
Fortune
Employees at Zurich Insurance are crowdsourcing the design of their new offices. "Being able to use different kinds of spaces really helps to get different kinds of work done efficiently," notes Connor O'Brien, a finance analyst at the global insurance giant.
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2 days left to enter the IIDA Student Design Competition!
IIDA
Students, have a great concept for an open office that encourages health, well-being, collaboration, and productivity? Enter the IIDA Student Design Competition by this Friday, Jan. 16, for a FREE 1-year subscription to PaletteApp Student (just for entering), the chance to win up to $2500, and the opportunity to have your work viewed by professionals in the industry. Not an IIDA member? Don't worry, individuals who submit will receive an IIDA Student Membership with their entry fee (rules and restrictions apply).
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Student Mentoring Week registration ends Tuesday, Jan 20
IIDA
Don't miss out on the most dynamic student/mentor programs in the Interior Design industry! Enroll today to participate in this one-day, crash course in what it takes to succeed in the design industry.
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42nd Annual Interior Design Competition and 23rd Annual Will Ching Design Competition
IIDA
IIDA's two premier design competitions, the Interior Design Competition and the Will Ching Design Competition, are now accepting entries. These international competitions honor outstanding, innovative, original designs in multiple categories, with the Interior Design Competition open to firms of any size and the Will Ching Design Competition open to firms of five employees or fewer. Deadline to submit your materials for either competition is Friday, Feb. 6.
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Pop goes the marketplace: The expanding scope of temporary design
Perspective
Not long ago, the pop-up storefront was still a novelty. Today, we not only have pop-up hotels and offices, but also schools, theaters, even hospitals. Despite their temporary nature, pop-ups are increasingly sought-after design projects.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


7 new US A&D design shows for 2015
TalkContract
From Chicago to New York to Los Angeles, the United States is stepping up its game when it comes to offering architecture and design shows.
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Brentano Fabrics celebrates 25 years with new collections
Interior Design
When considering the words "beauty" and "performance," you might not immediately think of textiles. Brentano Fabrics, celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, has been seeking to change that.
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7 sustainable design trends from the living building challenge
Ecobuilding Pulse
Seattle's Bullitt Center will become the world's largest commercial building to receive the Living Building Challenge certification from the International Living Future Institute in 2015. Currently, only five other buildings have met the requirements for certification, but more the 200 projects have registered with the aim of becoming Living Building Certified.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


5 ways to optimize your executive presence
Inc.
"I'm a top performer, I'm doing really well, our company is hitting our targets, but apparently people think I'm a jerk and I don't know why." This complaint comes from a rock star who was killing it in results at her company but also leaving "dead bodies" and a trail of tissues behind with her team.
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Break through uncomfortable power struggles in sales negotiations
Entrepreneur
Sales negotiation is always uncomfortable because the outcome is unknown. In order to sell effectively, salespeople must accomplish two important tasks: They must accomplish their primary objectives, while also conducting themselves in a way that shows good faith and making concessions to gain a customer's trust.
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Sit out on office politics at your own risk
Harvard Business Review
Ask most people about workplace politics and they'll say they'd prefer to avoid it. Yet, most also know that developing political competence is not a choice; it's a necessity. The ones who manage to reach the inner circle are at a great advantage.
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