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Where sounds have no barrier
New York Times News Service via Tampa Bay Times
Open-plan offices are good for several things: saving money, flexibility, collaboration. But they are also hard on our ears — not because they are loud but because they are so very quiet. Quieter machines, combined with the spread of open space, have converged to bring other unwanted sounds to the fore, placing an extra burden on our brains.
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Sustainable offices boost health, productivity
Sourceable
A new study conducted by the World Green Building Council seeks to define and measure health and productivity outcomes from green indoor environments, aiming to add financial value to sustainable office buildings.
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Office design strategies from the guy who dreamed up Twitter's headquarters
Entrepreneur
Architect Olle Lundberg remembers Twitter's founding days, when the just-hatched company boasted a mere 40 employees, and Sara Williams — then-girlfriend of co-founder Evan — was at the helm of the startup's aesthetic vision.
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Designing to fit the vision: Maximizing use of space
Lake County Record-Bee
Smart space planning is a close and important relative of efficiency, so it is important to recognize when it is time to re-plan the use of space. Changes in your business focus, rapid business growth and revisions in equipment all impact the potential as well as the limitations of your available site space.
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IIDA NEWS


Final week to enter 18th Annual Product Design Competition
IIDA
Honoring innovation, functionality and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry, IIDA/HD 18th Annual Product Design Competition is open to all exhibitors at HD Expo 2014. The deadline to submit is Friday, April 25. Contact Kierstin Snapp for more information.
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Deadline to submit entries to the 1st Annual Wilsonart Essay Competition approaches
IIDA
The IIDA Foundation is currently seeking entries for the 1st Annual Wilsonart Essay Competition. This competition — open to Student Members who participated in IIDA Student Mentoring Week — invites entrants to submit original essays about their mentoring experiences. The winning essay will earn a $1,000 prize for its author. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 25.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Virtual designers offer services halfway across the world
South China Morning Post
Welcome to the world of virtual or e-design, where designers are no longer limited to projects within their geographical domain. In what is a burgeoning trend in home and even retail design, designers need only the right software, a Skype address and good intuition to be able to oversee a project from halfway across the world.
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The secret weapon of "Mad Men" — Herman Miller
Fast Company's Co.Design
Television's Sterling Cooper and Partners is an agency whose reputation is built on a progressive approach to advertising. So it has made sense, throughout the last few seasons, to see Herman Miller's mid-century aesthetic seep into the offices designed by Mad Men's set decorator Claudette Didul-Mann.
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McDonald's introduces local cultural elements into restaurant design
Global Times
U.S. fast food company McDonald's Corp. recently unveiled a flagship restaurant design for its China locations that combines Chinese elements and the chain's trademark brand. The restaurant, named "EATERY," mingled McDonald's traditional color blocks of red, yellow, grey and black with a variety of traditional Chinese elements, aiming to make a deeper brand imprint through modern restaurant designs.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


It's time to pay your employees to quit. Will you do it?
Robin Throckmorton
Following in the footsteps of Zappos, Amazon recently implemented its own "pay to quit" program to find out just how happy its employees are. In a nutshell, Amazon is offering up to $5,000 to employees to quit, with hopes they won't take it. Why would Amazon do something like this? The online retailer has realized the value of having employees who want to work for the company and gives those who don't a way out. Can you afford this impact on your company?
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How to follow up with contacts after a business event
Officing Today
All too often, industry events can become nothing but a distant memory. Promises to "stay in touch" get forgotten and before you know it, six months have passed and things get a little… awkward. So how do you stay in touch after an event and make the most of your new — or old — connections?
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