IIDA Spectrum
Apr. 10, 2014

Form vs. function in restaurant design
Nation's Restaurant News
Designers who are focused on making a design statement or achieving the next hot look can end up compromising effective core operations. Operators need to balance the visual appeal of a restaurant or dining area with the practical operational requirements that allow the unit to operate efficiently and provide the best service and comfort for guests. More

Game changers: 2014
Move over, corner offices and cube farms. The face of the workplace is changing more rapidly than ever, and if you think the tech revolution has shaken things up so far, you're in for a serious jolt. As emerging technologies transform the way we collaborate, communicate and compute, the underlying nature of what we call work — let alone what we call an office — is taking on surprising new dimensions.More

A dental office that feels like home
We all know going to the dentist can be rather unpleasant and uncomfortable with the typical office decorated in a generic, sterile decor. Luckily there are dentists out there looking to make a change.More

Is there a recipe for designing 'low-fat' office buildings?
Design Council
UCL's Dr. Marcella Ucci discusses the research project underway that could help make offices healthier places to be.More

The IIDA Foundation seeks student essays
The IIDA Foundation has opened and is currently seeking entries for the 1st Annual Wilsonart Essay Competition. This competition — open to Student Members who participated in IIDA Student Mentoring Week — invites entrants to submit original essays about their mentoring experiences. The winning essay will earn a $1,000 prize for its author.More

18th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition still accepting submissions
Have you submitted your entry for the IIDA/HD 18th Annual Product Design Competition? There's still time! Honoring innovation, functionality and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry, this competition is open to all exhibitors at HD Expo 2014. The cost to enter is $175 per entry for IIDA members and $275 per entry for nonmembers — and the deadline is April 18. Contact Kierstin Snapp for more information.More

North American commission pushes for green building design
Worldwatch Institute
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation, formed to address environmental concerns within North America's free-trading nations, stated the need for "a lasting and achievable vision" of green buildings. The vision for Canada, the United States and Mexico includes the creation of stakeholder task forces in each country, targets to build net zero-energy buildings and the promotion of private sector financing.More

Cree sees bright future in LED lighting controls
LED technology company Cree has been a big beneficiary of the energy-efficient lighting retrofit movement across cities, campus, offices and industrial spaces. Now it is reaching for a piece of the wireless controls market, which could grow to $2.7 billion annually by 2020, according to projections by Navigant Research.More

1 core principle of social media marketing
Linchi Kwok
Social Media Marketing World 2014, held recently in San Diego, clarified some best practices for how businesses should interact with clients (and potential clients) in the realm of social media. One core principle, it turns out, guides the rest of your social media marketing efforts.More

Why go to a trade show?
If you're seeking a way to make a mark for yourself as well as your business, you should seriously consider setting up an exhibition booth at relevant trade shows in your market or area, at minimum.More