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Why wacky office spaces don't always work
Metro
When it comes to wacky workplaces, things have really been on the slide lately. It is, of course, Google's fault. The tech giant took the humble office and turned it into something more like a playground. Hundreds of other companies have tried to replicate the formula, to the point where the office slide has become just as exciting as a water cooler. And now, enough is enough.
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Office design: Renovations for collaboration
Buildings
Collaboration. Spontaneity. Impromptu. These are the buzz-worthy terms in office design. But if you have an existing space, it can be difficult to capture the right vibe. Learn from these retrofits, remodels and renovations to revolutionize your work environment.
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BIFMA 2014 level roadshow brings sustainability to the forefront
Contract
The Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, an IIDA partner, has announced its BIFMA 2014 level roadshow schedule. Learn how more than 60 commercial furniture makers have certified more than 5,000 products to the first multiattribute sustainability standard from BIFMA — all while seeing amazing exhibits, interacting with your peers and earning CEU credit. The BIFMA 2014 level roadshow takes place:

Atlanta: May 8 Chicago: May 13 Washington, D.C.: June 24
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New York: June 25 New York: June 26 Los Angeles: Aug. 18
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Los Angeles-OC: Aug. 19 Los Angeles: Aug. 19 San Francisco: Aug. 21
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Grand Rapids: Sept. 17 Houston: Sept. 30 Dallas: Oct. 2
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Restroom design choices can greatly influence image of facilities
Building Operating Management
Restroom design can play a large role in determining the image occupants and visitors have of a facility. Poor restroom design choices can create a poor first impression that's hard to overcome.
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Obama's presidential library looks to green building group
Sustainable Business Oregon
The Barack Obama Foundation, the group charged with developing President Obama's legacy library, has released a Request for Qualifications for possible siting locations. The RFQ lists core principles of the project, including that it "embodies principles of biomimicry to create a living building."
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IIDA NEWS


IIDA at NeoCon 2014
IIDA
To mark its 20th-Anniversary milestone, IIDA will host an array of special events and initiatives at NeoCon 2014, including the declaration of Sunday, June 8, as Design Day in Chicago by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the launch of the IIDA 20th-Anniversary website. Look forward to a particularly captivating IIDA booth at NeoCon this year that will nod to the past 20 years of elevating design and offer a brilliant look at how technology is poised to shape its future. Click here to learn more!
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Enter the IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition
IIDA
Have you submitted your entry for the IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition? Be recognized for originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics in showrooms and booths at NeoCon. Submit your entry before the May 30 deadline!
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INDUSTRY NEWS


USGBC ranks Top 10 countries for LEED outside United States
Interiors & Sources
The U.S. Green Building Council released its ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED® outside of the United States, demonstrating the global reach of the movement that is transforming the built environment into healthy, high-performing structures that benefit the planet and all of its people.
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Paris's coolest new boutique is actually Scandinavian
Condé Nast Traveler
Lately, it seems as though Parisians have fallen in love with anything Scandinavian. Shopkeepers and restaurateurs try to attain that effortlessly cool feel by decorating their places with minimalist furniture, wooden details and bright colors. But now, one boutique takes things a step further by actually incorporating Scandinavian fare into its layout.
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Carvel reveals new restaurant design
Nation's Restaurant News
Carvel has introduced a new design for its full-sized and express locations, the first prototype of which opened in Royal Palm, Florida, in March. The Focus Brands subsidiary said it plans to open 20 restaurants using the new design in its core markets of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and South Florida over the course of the next year.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


How to settle disputes when business partners get 'divorced'
Smart Business
Business partnerships are often compared to marriages, and business "divorces" can get nasty if details haven't been worked out in advance. Just as couples have prenuptial agreements to protect interests in the event of a separation, business partners can create documents that serve the same purpose.
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3 ways to target prospective clients
Business 2 Community
In an ideal world, all businesses would like to believe that "If you build it, they will come." In reality, we know prospective clients don't always discover our awesome services on their own, and sometimes may need a push in the right direction.
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How being really bad is really great for business
Forbes
Harvard Business School Professor Francis X. Frei has something to say about being bad at what you do. She thinks it is a good thing. In fact, she believes that if you want to be a successful business, you must strive to be really, really bad in ways that may surprise you.
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