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4 reasons to consider activity-based design
Fast Company
Sometimes building a new headquarters is especially difficult. When GLG, a global 1,000-person professional learning platform, was in the middle of our pivot, executives were uninspired by what they saw as two boring options. Instead, they opted to design around a new paradigm: neither open nor private offices. It's a concept called activity-based working: the idea that work space should support the work actually being done, which might change many times throughout a day.
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7 new factors shaping hospital emergency departments
Building Design + Construction
A new generation of highly efficient emergency care facilities is upping the ante on patient care and convenience while helping to reposition hospital systems within their local markets.
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How the bench became the symbol of millennial office design trends
Fresh Workspace
Many of the contemporary debates about workplace design and management have been ongoing for at least 20 years. During that time, the long table with a core of data, comms and power servicing favoured by Michaelides and Bednash — now commonly known as a bench system — has become one of the great office design success stories.
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6 of the coolest offices from around the world
Prismatic
What service desk worker isn't convinced that if their bosses just did away with the cubicles and boring decor their work would improve? These offices that did away with the cubicles and boring decor are more than a daydream.
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5 ways classroom design can improve what we learn and who learns it
Fast Company's Co.Exist
Young undergraduates walk into a computer science lab at Stanford University and are handed a career survey about their interest in the field. What researchers learned when they asked students to do this was something fascinating: The design of the survey room itself appeared to influence their answers.
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The 'alone together' customer experience trend
Forbes
If you want to create a successful customer experience today, learn to accommodate customers who want "alone together" time. Whether they're millennials, Gen X, baby boomers or the Silent Generation, this concept has grown quickly in importance to today's customers.
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IIDA NEWS


Last call: 42nd Annual Interior Design Competition and 23rd Annual Will Ching Design Competition
IIDA
The two premier IIDA design competitions — the Interior Design Competition and the Will Ching Design Competition — are accepting entries through Friday, Feb. 6. 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.
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Now open for entries: 19th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition
IIDA
The IIDA/HD 19th Annual Product Design Competition honors innovation, function, and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry. Exhibitors at HD Expo 2015 are invited to submit product entries, which will be judged for design innovation, technical advancements, cost and value, environmental responsibility, aesthetics, need, and usage within hospitality applications. Entries are being accepted in eight categories; the deadline to enter is Friday, April 3.
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An evening with Eva
Design Matters
Eva Maddox, FIIDA, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, began her lecture stating, "It all starts with hand drawing." Students look on nervously as they ponder whether they've strayed too far into the digital realm, while professors, staff, and design professionals in the room nod approvingly.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


What's next in learning spaces? Herman Miller, IIDA launch video contest
Herman Miller with IIDA
This year, Herman Miller is partnering with IIDA in the sixth annual Student Video Contest. We believe that from classrooms to studios to the places you live — learning happens everywhere on campus. Students, take note: Using your video camera and your imagination, show us how learning spaces should evolve to support the talents you need to excel in the future. The winning video will receive $2,500.
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IIDA NY advocates for authentic design
Interior Design
The New York Chapter of the International Interior Design Association has joined Be Original Americas, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting the value of genuine design and eliminating counterfeit practices in the design industry.
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Pop-ups allow retailers and designers to try new process and strategy
Retail Design World
Designing retail interiors offers opportunities that are both creatively and professionally fulfilling. Pop-ups allow experimentation in store format and design as well as the shopfitting process, says Jonty Craig of BAT Studio.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


RFP: Decoded
Perspective
For many firms, answering RFQs and RFPs is the primary way to win work. Enormous resources are devoted to putting together responses — even firms with large marketing teams require design staff to pitch in and divert time from other projects. Yet the RFP process often feels shrouded in mystery.
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Get more media coverage for your brand with these 4 proven tricks
Emma Fitzpatrick
No doubt your business has set ambitious goals for the year. Whether you want to grow your user base or net more sales, public relations can help. Use these four PR tricks to get more media coverage — and all the good that comes with it.
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7 steps to deliver better customer experiences
Harvard Business Review
A surprising thing happened during a recent brainstorming session for a retail client. The group was supposed to be coming up with ideas for improving the company's customer experiences, but the head of operations could not think of a single new customer service idea to explore. And the development leader failed to identify any new ideas for store layout or building features. And the merchandising vice president had difficulty understanding why "product" was one of the categories we were discussing.
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