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Living spaces

Our wellbeing and how we live, work and interact with one another can all be greatly affected by the spaces we occupy. The recognition that different ages and physical or mental abilities may demand different approaches to designing those spaces has inspired some truly mesmerising advances in building design and technology. Here is a selection of CPD materials from manufacturers and suppliers that have risen to that challenge. Many seminars are now available online. This is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
Learning that Lasts: Taking the best in higher-education design and applying it to corporate learning experiences
Seminar, by Sedia Systems
A discussion of the latest design trends in both higher-education and corporate learning environments, exploring how design lines are converging between vertical markets. Topics embraced include: the shift in corporate and collegiate learners’ demographics, including the generational mix; how colleges are evolving to look more like corporate spaces, and conversely, the ways in which corporate spaces have shifted to be more like college; best practices for creating flexible fixed-seating layouts; and, new technological trends impacting spaces today and new tools available to make learning engaging.

As one of the leading global manufacturers of lecture hall and auditorium furniture, Sedia Systems offers the widest range of fixed seating for the education, corporate, healthcare, government and public assembly markets.
Light: Unlocking the Code of Colour
Seminar, by Atrium Ltd
A lot is known about the properties of colour and their effect on human behaviour, but what of the medium that transports colour to us: light? This presentation details the advantages and disadvantages of the LED revolution. It covers: the non-visual effects of colour; the beneficial (and detrimental) physiological and health effects of lighting systems; the relationship and use of the non-visual effects of colour in the built environment; the role and importance of transmission, created by a light fixture, in realizing the design intent; and, how to evaluate a lighting fixture both in terms of light quality and how that will affect design.

Atrium is one of the UK’s largest independent lighting specialists. With a reputation for enhancing clients’ projects through the skilful application of artificial light, Atrium adds value through outstanding service, support and a unique portfolio of products for the retail, commercial, hospitality, residential and public buildings sectors.

Duration: 45-50 minutes, plus Q&A
Specification of Dementia-Friendly Flooring
Seminar, by Polyflor Ltd
A seminar that examines what dementia is, the types and symptoms of dementia, and how to design to support those living with dementia. Includes advice on appropriate HBN guidance, the importance of adopting a holistic approach, taking into consideration lighting, signage and acoustics as well as flooring, as well as the fundamental design principles that underpin dementia-friendly flooring.

Based in Manchester, Polyflor is a leading manufacturer of commercial and domestic floorcoverings distributed to over 120 countries worldwide. The company continuously strives to improve processes and products to better reflect the changing demands of the marketplace, investing heavily to enhance and expand its product portfolio and provide added value for its customers. As a responsible manufacturer, sustainability and minimising environmental impact is critical to its business ethos. Polyflor holds environmental management system ISO 14001 certification and claims to be the first flooring manufacturer to have achieved a 'very good' rating for responsible sourcing certification, BES 6001.
The Psychology of Shapes
Seminar, by IVC Commercial
This seminar explores why theories of semiotics have been adopted in architecture and interior design and how to harness these skills. It looks at ergonomic solutions and meaningful, emotive designs in terms of human psychology and the theories of semiotics and psychology, how different people react to different environments, and varying interpretations of the impacts of shapes and patterns of shapes on the human subconscious. The presentation includes examples of both classic and contemporary designs where these theories have been adopted.

IVC Commercial is a global player in the design and manufacture of flooring solutions, including carpet tiles, luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and heterogeneous vinyl for use in business, public and private environments. As the commercial division of IVC Group, IVC Commercial is focused on improving the productivity and wellbeing of users in spaces through innovative solutions that are affordable and easy to implement. Floors are designed and manufactured in Belgium.

Duration: 40 minutes, plus Q&A
What is Human Centric Lighting?
Seminar, by RIDI Group UK
Architects are now used to specifying LED light fittings but there are still some knowledge gaps when it comes to understanding how light can affect our spaces and moods. The colour of light can detrimentally affect our circadian rhythm, an example being too much and the wrong colour of light at night. This seminar looks at how to design human centric lighting.

RIDI GROUP UK is the UK subsidiary of RIDI Group. It is foremost a manufacturer of interior lighting products. Whether for offices, education, public spaces or retail, RIDI aims to provide the perfect solution for every project.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A