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Optimizing workplace design may reduce slips, trips and falls
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According to industry news organization Business Insurance, a lack of ergonomic design in the workplace can be a significant hazard to staff members, and employers with certain worksite or building features, such as marble floors, may have higher workers compensation claims. BI reported slips, trips and falls are the No. 1 concern for employers and caused 134,580 injuries resulting in days lost in 2011 alone.
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Brands focus on health and wellness in design
Hotel News Now
As more travelers suggest staying healthy is important to them while on the road, health and wellness initiatives are at the forefront of some brands' room designs.
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Making millennials happy at work
Interior Design
With metadata only a finger click away via smartphones and social media, the 38 architects and designers at the recent NeoCon East principals roundtable, moderated by Interior Design president Mark Strauss and IIDA executive vice president and CEO Cheryl Durst, asked: How do we design for and manage a generation founded on instant gratification?
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The new science of who sits where at work
The Wall Street Journal
Office workers are being treated to a new game: musical chairs. By shifting employees from desk to desk every few months, scattering those who do the same types of jobs and rethinking which departments to place side by side, companies say they can increase productivity and collaboration.
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Nature, art and beauty: Antidotes to everyday traumas
Metropolis
Entering a cancer clinic can be a jarring experience, especially for patients walking through the dark catacombs of a parking deck. But it doesn't need to be so. The transition could be a very positive one, so Stephen Kellert said at an East Coast medical school last fall when his new film, "Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life," was screened there.
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IIDA NEWS


Think green with Student Sustainable Design Competition
IIDA
The Student Sustainable Design Competition will remain open for entries until online voting launches Nov. 15. This contest celebrates original sustainable design and rewards students whose projects demonstrate consistent, creative sustainable principles. Have you submitted your design?
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Global Excellence Awards: Have you submitted your entry?
IIDA
The Global Excellence Awards is a design competition established to honor and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international Interior Design/Interior Architecture projects. Soon, winning entries will be recognized in each of 10 categories. Have you submitted your project for consideration? Complete an entry form before the Nov. 22 deadline.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Burberry's focus on design of space
Fast Company via YouTube
During her long tenure as the head of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts managed to roughly triple revenue, while launching novel digital initiatives with the luxury brand. As head of retail for Apple, can she do the same? "If you really are going to be a great brand, I don't think that's just in the products that you produce. I think that's in the environment where everyone [works]," she says.
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Emerging green building material technologies to watch
Don Rosato
"Green building" is being transformed from a buzzword to a sophisticated approach using technology that redefines how we make and live in buildings that both reduce building energy consumption and provide for building energy production. This innovative technology helps to create a new market and value network, according to recent Plastics Institute of America market trend analysis. They "disrupt" an existing market by displacing earlier technology. This is particularly true in the evolution of green building material solutions.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


Autoresponder: The greatest productivity tool you never thought of
Fast Company
When it comes to emailing people, "we expect information to come immediately, so we feel a responsibility to spit information out immediately." For many people, info-spitting takes up a huge chunk of their time — about 28 percent of the day. Could the autoresponder change all that?
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Designer of the future: It's a user's world
Noelle Via Borda
As user experience design is creating a rapidly growing digital world, it's only logical to question the future of architecture and interiors as well as the role of the designer within the broader picture. As technology becomes more and more integral to work, we can't help but have a design point of view in regards to the functionality and aesthetics of the digital experience.
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