MINNEAPOLIS—The Ceilings and Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA) has published two white papers on acoustics, available free-of-charge on their website (www.cisca.org). Acoustics in Schools and Acoustics in Healthcare Environments review key findings and design criteria related to acoustical issues commonly confronted on design projects in schools and healthcare environments respectively. The papers are great resources for architects, interior designers and other design professionals who work to improve school and health care environments for all users. CISCA commissioned the InformeDesign® Research Desk (www.informedesign.org) to produce both white papers.
To view or download copies of these white papers go to www.cisca.org and click on the Industry Studies tab on the main menu. CISCA, the Ceilings and Interior Systems Construction Association, is uniquely dedicated to serving the acoustical and specialty ceilings and interior finishes industry. CISCA provides market-driven solutions including dynamic networking, quality education, accessible resources and expert technical guidelines to enhance the success and profitability of its members.
The InformeDesign Research Desk at the University of Minnesota creates customized publications for organizations, firms, and individuals outlining evidence-based design criteria on design issues faced in practice (e.g., acoustics in schools). The Research Desk team identifies current, reliable resources on a specific design issue, thoroughly reviews the information, and transforms the findings into a visually pleasing, easily understood format. InformeDesign can customize the project to your specific needs and/or requirements.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (www.informedesign.umn.edu), a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.