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It's a small world: Lessons from international health care projects
Health Facilities Management
It’s not just the economy that has gone global. America's health care design community increasingly is taking its talents overseas to assist in hospital construction and renovation projects everywhere on the globe. Health Facilities Management magazine's supplement, Interiors shares what American designers have learned from their international work. Sensitivities honed through working in different cultures can help to shape and expand design perspectives while influencing the selection of flooring materials, furniture, amenities and how these design elements relate to the patient experience.
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A break down of LED luminaires
EcoBuilding Pulse
LEDs were once touted for their energy savings — and little more. Now, after years of rapid advancement, the technology dominates the commercial lighting market. Here is a quick primer to help architects and designers speak the lighting language when specifying this solid-state source.
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The business case for evidence-based workplace design
Sourceable
When we think of the cost staff carries with a building there is a presumption that the design factors which improve staff productivity most will have the best rate of return on investment. Currently though, this is just a presumption; the evidence still needs gathering. However, architectural design which embraces all the positive aspects of a work environment such as natural light, ventilation and fresh air, acoustics, thermal comfort, design layout, colours and materials that support good social interaction are a must.
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Designing stores that encourage play is the future of retail
Popsop
Children spend almost all their free time playing, and who can blame them? Play is fun, aids learning, and creates an emotional connection to the world. It also creates memorable experiences that increase well-being. And, as psychologists increasingly tell us, adults are no different. They might have less time for this essential aspect of life, but the instinct to play never dies. And with the recent launch of the new Hamley's store in Russia, the most innovative retailers are beginning to recognize the importance of play too.
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IIDA NEWS


IIDA welcomes the 2015 - 2016 International Board of Directors
IIDA
Scott Hierlinger, IIDA, LEED AP, Design Director at NELSON, was inducted to the IIDA International Board of Directors as president of the association at the IIDA Annual Meeting on June 14. "I could not be more proud, completely honored, and thrilled to take on the role of the next president of IIDA. I can honestly say that assuming this position is truly a culminating event in my life," said Hierlinger during his presidential remarks. He is joined by an esteemed group of vice presidents representing chapters across the country.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  BOLD One Collection

Offering surface, storage, and complete height adjustability, BOLD One takes customized workspaces to a whole new level. It couldn’t be simpler to adjust the height of the desk and any attached returns. From 22 to 48 inches, the surface and all its storage move at the touch of a button.
 


Call for presentations, Environments for Aging Conference and Expo
IIDA
Submit your presentations to the premier event that explores new ideas for creating places that support people as they age. Deadline to submit: July 21, 5 p.m. PDT.
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Register for the inaugural IIDA advocacy symposium Sept. 11-13
IIDA
IIDA will hold its inaugural advocacy symposium in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 13. Between 80 and 100 commercial interior designers and students from all across the country will descend upon the capital city to learn, network, and exchange ideas on the topic of interior design advocacy. Registration is now open.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Houston ranks in top 5 'green building' markets
Houston Chronicle
Houston ranked No. 5 on a list of the country's "greenest" office markets in the United States, falling one spot from last year, according to the Green Building Adoption Index, a joint project of CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University. Despite the downgrade, the amount of Houston's green office space is considerably higher than the national average of 38.7 percent.
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Designers put cork in It
The Wall Street Journal
Cork may have lost a few battles in the wine world, with the rise of screw caps and plastic stoppers, but it's beginning to win the war on the home front, as top designers use the tree bark to create pieces that are not only sustainable, but covetable.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Introducing the ECONYL® Global Collection

The new ECONYL® Global Collection offers an expanded color line of 138 unique options. Take your design to the next level with Aquafil USA's 100 percent regenerated Nylon 6 carpet fiber. These bold and vibrant colors allow for endless design possibility.
 


BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


Do you have money leaks?
Design Biz Blueprint
Do you work long, hard hours week after week but don't end up with much in the way of income to show for all your hard work and effort? This probably means you have money leaks in your business and may not be aware of how much of your hard earned money is slipping through your fingers. You'll be surprised at how much you're really missing when you stop and look at where the money is escaping. The great news is that once you start plugging the leaks, you'll quickly see the change in your income!
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Retaining the next generation of leaders
Contract
The repetitive nature of conversations surrounding the future of the design and architecture professions can be frustrating. For professionals with roughly 10 to 15 years of experience, a regular topic of conversation is their struggle to find a firm they are willing to make a career investment in despite the opportunities available today. So how does a firm attract and, more importantly, how does it retain these individuals? Here are three seemingly simple ideas that are worth considering.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Koncept - Contemporary LED Lighting

Koncept designs and manufactures high-end LED task lighting for commercial and residential use. Our design team focuses on combining minimal, sleek aesthetics with cutting-edge and efficient technologies to create lighting solutions that complement and illuminate any space. Visit our upcoming booths at ICFF and NeoCon to see for yourself.
 


TRENDING ARTICLES
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End of the corner office: DC law firm designs its new space for millennials (The Washington Post)
Philippe Starck: LED technology means designers are 'obliged to redesign all lights' (Dezeen)

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