IIDA Spectrum
Sep. 11, 2014

Setting a new standard for health care design
Healthcare Design
Many innovations of past years are now ingrained in health care design practice. As this new standard emerges, the 2014 Healthcare Design Showcase jurors weigh in on the current state of design and what's on the horizon. More

Mathematics of space optimization and office design
For any company, the notion of space optimization is a critical one. After all, there exists only so much physical space (e.g., square footage, wall area, floor area) within any businesss interior. The trick to maximizing that space, of course, is a bit complex: You want to reduce the amount of space given to any one employee, but you dont want to risk losing the organizational culture.More

7 workplace design experts weigh in on the next big thing in wellness
The Huffington Post
Joan Blumenfeld, FIIDA, of Perkins & Will is a pioneer in workplace wellness and serves on the board of the New York Center for Active Design, a nonprofit aiming to reduce the risk of obesity and chronic diseases through design. She and six other experts weigh in on the noteworthy trends affecting design's role in workplace wellness.More

LEDs lighten library energy load
CBP Magazine
The recent recession led many cities to create action plans to address the combination of depressed revenues and increasing operational costs. Additionally, progressive cities want to prepare for future energy efficiency requirements. A lighting upgrade can make a dramatic difference, as it did in the case of the Wayne Township library.More

Join Cheryl Durst for 'The Blur: Design for What's Now and What's Next'
Join IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl Durst, Honorary FIIDA, LEED AP, on Monday, Sept. 15 for an in-depth and fast-paced exploration of how the diverse and multidisciplinary aspects of design have impacted life, culture, commerce and brand. The presentation, hosted by Gensler, is part of Denver Startup Week, taking place Sept. 15-20 in Denver. Register and build your schedule now!More

Have you entered the 2nd Annual EdSpaces Innovation Awards?
IIDA, in cooperation with EDmarket, hosts the EdSpaces Innovation Awards to recognize manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design for the learning environment. The competition opens Sept. 2, and entries are due Friday, Oct. 10. Click here to enter.More

Starbucks plans new store designs - upscale in Seattle, speedy in New York
Starbucks Corp. has announced two new types of stores aimed at capturing the growing demand for upscale reserve coffee and a separate test of an "express" store in Manhattan offering speedy service in a city where a "New York minute" is more like a nanosecond.More

UK: Design industry productivity up amid 'green shoots,' survey shows
Design Week
Design consultancy productivity is at its highest level in 18 months, as the industry looks to take advantage of economic "green shoots," according to a new survey.More

The essential script for releasing a client
Most of the time, an entrepreneur's efforts are focused on finding clients -- but then there's that one client who warrants being let go. You know the signs: Every time you interact with him or her, you feel irritated. Or perhaps it's just a simple case of your being tired of dealing with chronic late payments. Once you've decided that you absolutely want to let the problem client go, the question becomes how to do so.More

15 useful productivity hacks every professional needs to know
Professional Remodeler
There are big changes one can make to be more productive at work, but they usually take time. Inc. offers 15 instant tips that will offer instant results when it comes to work productivity, and they’re simple, low-commitment things that everyone can do.More