IIDA Spectrum
May. 21, 2015

The new hotel design that perfectly combines business and leisure
Hotels are rethinking room design as guests' work and play priorities merge creating the desire for a space that caters equally to both. While major brands have met this demand by adding public co-working spaces and more connected rooms, new hospitality brands are incorporating elements of a business and leisure stay from the start.More

NY lighting design like the great Dutch design period of the 90s
The lighting scene in New York is "exploding" according to designers in the city, with young companies joining established names to create a movement with a unique aesthetic. "There's a critical mass of people doing it all at once," said Jason Miller, a Brooklyn designer who is founder of luxury lighting brand Roll & Hill. Miller said the energy of the scene is comparable to the great period of Dutch design in the 1990s that saw the emergence of global names including Hella Jongerius, Marcel Wanders, and Richard Hutten.More

Simulating health care spaces through virtual reality
Healthcare Design
Virtual reality isn't just for fun and (video) games anymore. It's helping solve real-world problems in health care design and construction. Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota, turned to virtual reality to experience its $500 million facility before it was built. The project team relied on virtual reality to aid decision making and design review for critical spaces and architectural elements, using approaches tailored to the participants and goals of each situation. More

Design guide helps grocery stores cut energy use
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9 percent of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the United States. To reduce this energy impact, a newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store — equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period.More

2015 IIDA Annual Meeting Sunday, June 14
IIDA invites current members and their guests to attend the 2015 IIDA Annual Meeting. Celebrate NeoCon 2015 with us as we honor the IIDA 2015 – 2016 International Board of Directors, 2015 College of Fellows Inductees, and the recipients of the Star and Titan awards, and the IIDA Educator, Member, Student, and Chapter of the Year awards. Please RSVP by Friday, June 5 to attend in person or join IIDA members worldwide by livestreaming the event.More

Reveal: Your space, your place, your IIDA at the IIDA NeoCon booth
What kind of space are you? "Reveal your space, your place, your IIDA," by taking part in activities at the IIDA NeoCon booth located at 7-9038 during NeoCon 2015 in Chicago's Merchandise Mart, June 15-17. Speak with knowledgeable staff, enter to win a 2016 IIDA membership and join the interior design conversation at #IIDANeoCon15. For additional information about all of the IIDA NeoCon events please visit our website.More

Mecca Hotel project slated to be largest in the world
Travel Pulse
Staying in the lap of luxury is the goal for many travelers, but those on pilgrimage to the holy land of Mecca in Saudi Arabia will soon have a new hotel option as Abraj Kudai — set to become the world's largest hotel complex­ — is scheduled to be completed in 2017.More

Is green building on the right track?
Is green building really solving problems of sustainability, or is it just a bunch of overly complex rating systems used on a small percentage of projects? More

Use design to promote an epic office culture
We've all heard stories about Google and its ridiculously awesome office and culture. With the casual and flex working space to volleyball courts, heated swimming pools, on-site oil change and car wash services, dry cleaning, massage therapy — who wouldn't want to work there? The reality is the company spent an enormous amount of money designing and developing its spaces and programs via a budget that you more than likely don't have. So how do you design your office space with start-up spending?More

How to surround yourself with the right talent
By Betty Boyd
Maintaining the level of talent in an organization is a continuous battle. How do you keep and attract the right kind of talent? Surrounding yourself with talented employees takes commitment, understanding, and time. No organization can grow without stepping up and being aware of what potential is available. You can start by looking around and seeing what is already right in front of you. Here are some tips that will help.More

5 keys to running a successful business
AllBusiness.com via Fox News
There are a handful of principles that work in virtually every situation when you're trying to establish and grow a business. They work if you're trying to build an email list or close a sale. If you ignore them, you are almost certain to fail. If you do them halfway, you will soon be standing there watching your business as it is eclipsed by someone who is following all the principles, all the time.More