IIDA Spectrum
Mar. 27, 2014

Boom time for luxury suites
The Wall Street Journal
It used to be enough for luxury hotels to offer one spectacular presidential suite. Now, they're finding too many guests who want to play president. Suites are booming. With occupancy levels and room rates rising, luxury hotels are doing quite well. A growing number of wealthy, globe-trotting visitors and the increasing popularity of multigenerational travel are spurring a flurry of activity in the most spacious and swankiest spaces.More

Finding zen on the road
After running and fitness programs, in-room gym set-ups and customizable beds comes another trend in hotel wellness concepts: meditation. In response to growing demand, major hotel chains have been making changes to help health-conscious travelers — notably globetrotting business travelers — maintain their healthy diets and regimens while on the road.More

Court or fort? What will the courthouses of tomorrow look like?
The Globe and Mail
The Air India bombing trial in 2003 revolutionized expectations for security in British Columbia's courtrooms and triggered a dramatic change in the need for safeguards at some courts. But taking that level of precaution across the board could end up creating expensive and inhospitable buildings, planning consultant and architect William Wood says.More

Key office trends for 2014
New office trends are taking the emphasis off the items found in offices and catering more to the needs of people. After all, furniture does not make the office — people do.More

Ask Cheryl: What do you love about interior design?
The newest installment of "Ask Cheryl Anything!" focuses on the positive: what IIDA CEO Cheryl Durst loves about interior design, how she counsels design students, what motivates her — even what's on her iPod. More

2014 Industry Roundtable summary now available
IIDA's 2014 Industry Roundtable focused on contemporary issues in HR and executive leadership. Download the executive summary, "People, Place, and Work: Analyzing the Critical Factors That Effect How We Work and How We Manage," to learn how to meet the challenges designers face in their workplaces today.More

Hall of Famer Shigeru Ban wins 2014 Pritzker Prize
Interior Design
Interior Design Hall of Fame member Shigeru Ban has been named winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Tom Pritzker, chairman and president of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize, announced.More

Understanding new regulations for energy efficient buildings
Archita Datta Majumdar
The focus toward more energy efficiency in all aspects of life is important, as is the debate about the best steps to get to that point. One of the key areas is buildings, where both construction and usage have to be carefully planned and monitored. More

New DOE tool gives access to product performance data
Since many organizations don't have access to performance data in order to properly evaluate and compare energy-efficient products, implementing new technologies can be difficult. In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a Web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.More

Getting to the heart of customer experience
If customer retention is a top priority for you, but you haven't embarked on a customer experience mapping initiative, you need to get on it!More

Stand out in your next meeting — by standing down
Deborah Wipf
Communication isn't just what we say, it's how we say it — our tone of voice and our nonverbal cues, including facial expressions and body language. One gesture in particular will send a clear message: Next time you want to stand out in a meeting, put down your cellphone.More

How to drive decisions without saying a word
Thought Leaders LLC
All too often, leaders seek to build support for an idea by talking — a lot. Here's a more effective way to make decisions and get people to support their implementation: Be quiet.More