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It's time to bring nature into our built environments
Ecology Global Network
The restorative experiences nature offers are a quality of biophilia, the innate human need for a connection with nature. The practice of incorporating nature and natural elements into the built environment — known as biophilic design — has been proven to measurably reduce stress, enhance cognitive function and creativity, improve our well-being and expedite healing.
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'Overwhelming evidence' linking office design and productivity is not new
Workplace Insight
Perhaps the most widely reported news from the world of workplace over the past couple of weeks has been the analysis from the World Green Building Council that links office design with productivity and wellness. And the two words from the report that have featured most commonly in the associated stories' headlines have been "overwhelming evidence." While this has been repeated as if it's some kind of revelation, the truth is that we have had compelling and overwhelming evidence for many years, and barely a year goes past without some study or other making the same point in no uncertain terms.
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An open office experiment that actually worked
Harvard Business Review
Nowadays many people regard open-plan offices with skepticism — remnants of a once-cool work space fad that led to more distraction than innovation. But The Bridgespan Group decided to test that conventional wisdom six months ago by moving 70 employees from offices and cubicles on two floors of a building in Boston's Back Bay to a dramatically different space fashioned out of the gutted top floor of a tower four blocks away.
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Ernst & Young opens new 'hoteling' office
Dallas Business Journal
One of the big four accounting firms, Ernst & Young LLP, has opened a new office in Fort Worth, Texas, that has an open design emphasis on "hoteling," a practice in which none of the firm's employees have a permanent or assigned work space.
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Is this the most incredible hotel to open this year?
CNN
Spanning 18,075 square meters, the new Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing, is covered by more than 10,000 glass panels. At night, it's lit up by hydroelectric-powered LED lights.
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IIDA opens prestigious 5th Annual Global Excellence Awards
IIDA
The 5th Annual IIDA Global Excellence Awards will honor and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international Interior Design/Interior Architecture projects in 13 categories. The competition opened Oct. 6, and entries will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 21.
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Herman Miller bestows new gift for IIDA honorees
DesignMatters
Since 1989 the IIDA Leaders Breakfast has been a celebrated event in which IIDA host cities bring together Interior Designers, clients, manufacturers and community leaders for an inspiring morning. Each of the the nine host cities chooses a keynote speaker, as well as a Leadership Award of Excellence honoree. Herman Miller has graciously bestowed a gift upon each city's honoree in the form of the iconic Eames plywood splint. As there are now a limited number of splints, Herman Miller has unveiled a new gift for honorees.
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Singapore's unique Green Building Technology Consortium
Sourceable
The Singapore Economic Development Board has brought together international and local engineers, architects, developers and building solutions providers to help develop and test green building technologies.
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Countdown to Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans
Ecobuilding Pulse
The much-talked-about annual green building event is almost here. In the final days before the show, Ecobuilding Pulse is sharing 14 reasons to attend.
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Mayo Clinic testing workplace telemedicine kiosks
Post-Bulletin
Mayo Clinic has announced a pilot program to bring health providers into the work environment using telemedicine kiosks. The system will use a product called HealthSpot, "which combines robust cloud-based software and a private walk-in kiosk that offer solutions to care for patients in their place of work."
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Pricing: Be quiet after you quote
Interior Design Business
Be quiet! It's an important strategy for you to follow when quoting your price. Too many interior design professionals, even experienced ones who should know better, talk themselves out of a sale by apologizing for, defending or watering down their fee in some other way after they quote it.
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A practical guide to clear communication about the built environment
ArchDaily
No matter how talented architecture students or designers may be, their gifts are not much use if no one else knows about them. A vital step toward success is to present oneself in the most favorable and accessible way. But no amount of snappy graphics can compensate for weak or inappropriate messaging.
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