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New sensory room caters to people with learning disabilities
Bradford Telegraph and Argus
An organization that supports people with severe learning disabilities is preparing to open a sensory room in Bradford, England, complete with a jellyfish garden, dark den and 3-D cinema. Garry Hudson, managing director of the Aqua Clinic, said the new venture came about by popular demand.
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Stopping the falls: Design's role (and responsibility) in safety
Interiors & Sources
Slip-and-fall accidents are a leading cause of litigation in commercial interiors. With changes coming to the measurement and specification of ceramic tiles for flooring, here's how to best protect yourself and your firm.
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Better views, better workplace productivity
ISCG Workplace Inspired
The workplace design community is exploring a green frontier. Many health care providers have long prescribed the benefits of nature to their patients. Now, designers are considering the same regenerative powers of Mother Nature for boosting workplace productivity.
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Using creativity, caution to select interior office paint colors
Building Operating Management
Choosing paint colors for office space is both an art and a science, and both creativity and caution are required. There are a number of considerations, and just as many creative ways paint can be used — to signal to occupants the purpose of a space, for wayfinding, to provide splashes of color to accent furniture, carpet and other interior design elements.
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Manufacturer references treehouses in modular office furniture
DesignBoom
Referencing the structure of a typical tree house, the break out furniture by Malcew provides a place for contemplation and focus. Designed specifically for a co-working office space in an old warehouse in Singapore, the flexible pieces offer a variety of different arrangements.
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Revival of the glitziest
Financial Times
Across the globe, venerated palace and heritage hotels are striving to marry period grandeur and preservation restrictions with 21st-century requirements. How are these properties facing the future without forsaking the past?
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IIDA NEWS


Last chance: Student design competition deadline ends today
IIDA
The calendar is winding down for 2013, taking with it your chance to be recognized for outstanding design. Before the deadlines run out, be sure to enter these remaining IIDA competitions!
  • Student Sustainable Design Competition: Honor original sustainable design by students whose projects demonstrate consistent, creative sustainable principles.
    Deadline extended to Nov. 21!

  • Global Excellence Awards: Celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international interior design/interior architecture projects in 10 categories.
    Entries due Nov. 22

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Get ready for Cyber Monday — in IIDA style
IIDA
IIDA is offering a special Cyber Monday promotion to all members. On the Monday following Black Friday, buy three IIDA messenger bags and get one free! This offer is only available on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, from midnight until 11:59 p.m. CST, or while supplies last. To purchase IIDA promotional merchandise, fill out the order form and email it to Erin Cook or fax it to (312) 379-5159.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Healthcare Design honors 2013 award winners
Healthcare Design
Industry professionals who produced some of the most impressive and memorable work of the past year were invited on stage to accept awards at a special luncheon held Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando.
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USGBC, UL partner on building product transparency
Contract
The U.S. Green Building Council and safety and certification group Underwriter Laboratories have formed a partnership focused on building product transparency and occupant health and safety. The alliance aims to quicken market transformation and the overall performance of buildings.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


Are you trading efficiency for productivity?
Michael J. Berens
A number of workplace research studies have shown that employees perform better, have higher levels of satisfaction, take fewer sick days and are more productive when they have a greater sense of control over their work and their work environment.
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8 offbeat ways to attract more customers
American Express OPEN Forum
To show their support of locally owned small businesses, consumers will unite to spend their dollars on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. How can you capitalize on this opportunity?
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10 downtime activities for proposal writers
Joe Latta
With idle time a rarity on most marketing and proposal teams, it's critical that sales proposal writers make the most of it. That's why we're discussing 10 key downtime activities that will improve your performance, fight burnout and advance your career.
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