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The office: Past, present and… dead?
Officing Today
Will the office ever truly die? The jury's still out, and probably will be for many generations to come. But recent survey findings shed light on the trend toward a more flexible workplace design. When CBRE experimented with various workplace perks, including an "untethered" office design in which workers chose their own place to sit, they experienced a cost increase of 15 percent per square foot.
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10 ways to decrease distractions in open-office environments
Dallas Business Journal
Today's open-office environments are designed to foster collaboration by eliminating barriers and making informal interactions easier and more frequent. But an increase in informal interactions creates distractions, making it more difficult to get the work done. Here are 10 ways to decrease distractions for the introverts in us all.
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Living Building vs. LEED Platinum: Comparing the first costs and savings
Building Design + Construction
In 2011, Skanska completed the West Coast's first and the world's fourth certified Living Building in Seattle: The Bertschi School Science Classroom addition. But Living Buildings — which must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy — are still so rare that many questions remain about how they compare financially to its next closest neighbor, LEED Platinum.
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This is what your grocery store will look like in 2065
Fast Co. Exist
Grocery stores aren't really known for innovation; 50 years ago, a supermarket down the street might have looked basically the same as it looks today. But 50 years in the future — as the food system reacts to a changing climate, water shortages and shifting technology — you might find things at your corner store radically changed.
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13 ways the physical environment shapes knowledge management
Workplace Insight
Knowledge management (including its creation, transference and storage) within an organization is now widely considered to be one of the primary drivers of a business's sustainability. Geyer, an Australian design practice, is just one organization that has undertaken important research to understand the role of the physical environment in knowledge management.
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IIDA membership: Join now and get 3 months free
IIDA
IIDA Membership provides you a support network that connects you to peers, clients and educators while offering you the opportunity to advance your career through continuing education, industry recognition and relevant research. Whether you are a design professional, manufacturer, educator or student, IIDA has a membership level to fit your experience. All new members will receive three months of membership at no cost if you join NOW — that's 15 months for the price of 12! Plus, we'll waive your $75 application fee, for a savings of $170. Join today!
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Designing for the Future campaign kicks off Oct. 1
IIDA Foundation
This year's Designing for the Future campaign kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 1 and will continue through Dec. 1. The funds raised will again be directed to the NCIDQ Tuition Reimbursement Fund, which has helped 117 IIDA members from 26 chapters (and counting). In addition, this year's campaign will also benefit the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, to support its development of accreditation standards for 2014-2015.
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Advocacy: Interior design vs. interior decorating
DesignMatters
A recent Huffington Post blog entry challenged the legitimacy of the Interior Design profession, in particular the "arbitrary" legislative efforts to regulate it. Unfortunately, once again the practice of interior design was confused with interior decorating.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


HOK's workplace benchmarking report examines financial services sector
Workplace Insight
Architectural practice HOK has released a new benchmarking report that examines design and work-style trends at leading financial services firms over the past three years, including the finding that space is underutilized across the sector by nearly a half, meaning that growth can easily be accommodated within the existing facilities of many firms.
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Old subway cars transformed into cool London art studios
Inhabitat
Enterprising young artists on the London scene are usually presented with the dilemma of having to rent extremely expensive studio space in order to work. This led furniture designer Auro Foxcroft to a rather ingenious and environmentally conscious solution.
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Q&A: Jonathan Puleio on the evolving field of ergonomic design
Metropolis
Ergonomics: Everyone thinks they get it, and yet so much of the conversation still revolves around things like chair design. But the field encompasses so much more, as Jonathan Puleio made clear recently. The director of consulting at Humanscale, Puleio has helped the company develop new ergonomic solutions for the workplace.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


Create a customer experience that builds loyalty
Business 2 Community
In the best of all worlds, happy customers mean loyal customers. Loyal customers lead to more customers. Customers want an exceptional experience and will quickly switch to another company to get that experience. Average and mediocre will be your ticket to customer loss.
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How to deal with bullies at work
Harvard Business Review
You've got a difficult, manipulative boss or maybe an intensely competitive and rude colleague. Is it bullying, bad manners or merely the normal competition of a workplace?
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If you want new customers, change your old sales process
Forbes
Some people like to joke that nothing has changed in sales in the past 500 years. But things have changed. The way you measure your sales organization and track stages in the sales process needs to adapt to how customers make buying decisions today.
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