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Huangshan Mountain Village: sustainability grows in the Chinese landscape

Huangshan Mountain Village: sustainability grows in the Chinese landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

MAD has unveiled plans for a towering village of apartment blocks beside the Huangshan Mountains in eastern China. 


Inspired by the topographical layers of the landscape, the buildings will have organically shaped floor plates and will emerge from amongst the treetops on a site beside the Taiping Lake.


The high-density village features low-rise residences that echo the contours of the surrounding topography and offer unequalled access to one of China’s  landscapes.

The site of verdant scenery and limestone cliffs have long inspired artists and offered sheltered spaces for contemplation and reflection, contributing to its UNESCO Heritage status. Composed in deference to the local topography, the village provides housing, a hotel and communal amenities organized in a linked configuration. As its form evokes the geology of the region, the village blurs the boundaries between the geometries of architecture and nature.

For residents, the apartments will be a quiet retreat –  all have spacious balconies which overlook the lake. Communal amenities and walking paths encourage residents to explore the landscape. Each floor is unique and accessed from shared social spaces, creating a seamless balance between private and public spaces. The same serene design sensibility of natural environment extends to the interiors, with the use of local materials and the incorporation of plants and greenery enhancing comfort and well-being, while simultaneously setting up a closer connection with local culture...

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WELCOME TO SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE + GREEN BUILDING

WELCOME TO SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE + GREEN BUILDING | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A daily update of current technologies, case studies, events, projects and fascinating sustainable design strategies being implemented across the globe...


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mirka tobia's comment, August 25, 2013 2:09 PM
if we love our planet.....we think about that
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Aroeira House III in Portugal: Designed with the Elements in Mind

Aroeira House III in Portugal: Designed with the Elements in Mind | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

ColectivArquitectura designed the U-shaped Aroeira III House in Herdade da Aroeira – Alamada, Portugal to work with the elements of the land it’s built on, maximizing sun exposure. With a natural slope and nearby homes, they went with a horizontal design that was split into two levels, one being partially buried underground.

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A New Culture Hub in the Netherlands Exemplifies Dutch Architecture

A New Culture Hub in the Netherlands Exemplifies Dutch Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Crowned with three cantilevered structures, this hub unites the city library, regional archives, and arts spaces in a stellar example of Dutch architecture.

The Eemhuis, designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects of Rotterdam, never quite sits still. There is a movement of people, a play of lines and an interweaving of functions. This lively energy, combined with a strong urban presence, befits the building’s role as the new cultural heart of Amersfoort.

The layered exterior reveals the 16,000-square-metre centre’s stacked program, organized organically by purpose. The library resides on the open lower floors, while the arts school is perched on top, with each department – theatre and dance, visual arts and music – housed in one of the cantilevered metal structures. Anchoring the new community hub are the archives at the building’s core.

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7 Creative Upcycled Shipping Container Homes

7 Creative Upcycled Shipping Container Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A gallery of homes that repurpose or reuse shipping containers in a broad range of innovative ways, on various scales and styles...

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JVA's Rabot Tourist Cabin: A Neutral Volume in the Landscape

JVA's Rabot Tourist Cabin: A Neutral Volume in the Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) lodging facilities throughout Norway. At 1200 meters above sea level, close to the glacier at Okstindan in northern Norway, the site is spectacular. The weather can be extremely harsh and the structure is constructed for heavy winds and storm.

A secondary rescue hut is placed 50 meters away from the main cabin as a safe shelter in case of destruction of the main cabin. The site inaccessible by road and is only reachable on foot or on skis. The cabin is named after the French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot who thoroughly explored the mountain areas in the province of Nordland. It is planned and built with local materials and with great local commitment...

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, September 2, 2:29 AM

Cabina turística en Noruega. Con una unidad de rescate/refugio a 50 metros de la principal y con acceso sólo a pie. 

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The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China

The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Growing from the artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China is a fantastic new structure – “The Lotus Building” from Australian architecture firm Studio 505Considering its natural form, it’s only appropriate that The Lotus Building is designed with the importance of the environment in mind.

Studio 505 explains:

“The project has been designed to minimise energy usage- with over 2500 geothermal piles driven through the base of the artificial lake, The entire lake water mass and ground beneath is utilised to pre-cool (summer) and pre-warm (winter) the air conditioning systems for both the lotus and the two storey building beneath the lake. The project is also mixed mode and naturally ventilated and utilises evaporative cooling from the lake surface to drive a thermal chimney within the main flower pod.”

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 23, 1:26 PM

As China becomes richer as a country we get to see some more innovative icon type designs even if they are imported into China.  I love the energy conservation integrated into the design.

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A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam

A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Vietnam-based architect firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed an environmentally-friendly structure for FPT University that is located about 34 km away from Hanoi.
The façade of the seven-story building is designed to look like a checkerboard, with huge floor trees placed in the openings. The openings also let in lots of natural sunlight, saving on energy.
Measuring at 11,065-square-meters, the structure will also feature a green roof to protect the whole building from too much sunlight.
According to the architects, “the structure is intended to promote sustainable development in Vietnam,” and “instill sustainable practices in the future generations”.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, August 16, 1:32 AM

University sustainable design in Vietnam:

Norm Miller's curator insight, August 18, 11:14 AM

Again Asia is really showing a lot of innovation.

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BIG's zoo makeover to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

BIG's zoo makeover to offer "freest possible environment" for animals | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
BIG presents a vision for the future of Denmark's Givskud Zoo where animals and humans "co-exist", and all the architecture is hidden within the topography.

Named Zootopia, the proposal reimagines the 1960s zoo and safari park in central Jutland as a continuous landscape of forests, savannahs and rivers that centre around a sunken courtyard of visitors' facilities. 

"It is our dream – with Givskud – to create the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals' lives and relationships with each other and visitors," said BIG, the office led by architect Bjarke Ingels.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, August 4, 12:02 AM

Comme évoqué avec l'exemple de la bicyclette, c'est aussi en créant l'occasion d'expériences plaisantes que chacun peut s'ouvrir à de nouvelles pratiques plus durables ... et partant, être prêt à écouter aussi des informations relatives à la nécessité de sobriété dans les consommations et les déchets, puis modifier son  comportement ?

Αntonios Βouris's curator insight, August 7, 8:13 AM

keyword: Co-existance!!!! 

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University of Chicago opens first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America

University of Chicago opens first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
UChicago's new ecological field station in Southwestern Michigan raises the bar for sustainable and energy-efficient educational facilities.

The Warren Woods Ecological Field Station is the first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America and only the fifth worldwide. Built to Passive House standards — an innovative design process that results in minimal energy requirements for heating and cooling —the field station and accompanying cabins set a new benchmark for sustainable and energy-efficient educational facilities.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, July 31, 6:07 AM

Really interesting case study here - especially in light of the work we are undertaking at The University of Nottingham: http://nottingham.ac.uk/estates/developments/csc.aspx ;

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Building 347 Parking Garage: Bamboo + Innovation by Vittorio Lampugnani

Building 347 Parking Garage: Bamboo + Innovation by Vittorio Lampugnani | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Bamboo poles are not uncommon in construction, though they typically conjure thoughts of tropical huts and tiki torches rather than large-scale utilitarian structures. Architect Vittorio Lampugnani envisioned something quite different, however, seeing incredible promise in the sturdy, inexpensive material to bring warmth to an often overlooked, and more often unattractive, building type. When asked by Novartis to design a parking garage for its East Hanover, New Jersey, campus—his first—he came up with another first: he sheathed the six-story, 633,000-square-foot structure with precisely aligned rows of the woody stalks.

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Re-Thinking the Future 2014 Competition Awards: BIG, UN Studio, HOK & more

Re-Thinking the Future 2014 Competition Awards:  BIG, UN Studio, HOK & more | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The winners of Re-Thinking the Future’s 2014 design competition – a competition that asked architects, designers, planners, and students from all over the world to submit “radical solutions for the present day problems” of climate change – have been announced.

Requesting both built and conceptual works, the jury of 20 architects from firms such as SOMAEDAS, and Perkins+Will evaluated the projects across a range of categories, from mixed-use and residential buildings to urban and landscape design.

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The Floating House by MOS Architects

The Floating House by MOS Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Floating House is the intersection of a vernacular house typology with the shifting site-specific conditions of this unique place: an island on Lake Huron. The location on the Great Lakes imposed complexities to the house’s fabrication and construction, as well as its relationship to site.

Annual cyclical change related to the change of seasons, compounded with escalating global environmental trends , cause Lake Huron’s water levels to vary drastically from month-to-month, year-to-year. To adapt to this constant, dynamic change, the house floats atop a structure of steel pontoons, allowing it to fluctuate along with the lake.

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scarlettarch's curator insight, July 13, 5:23 AM

simple elegant functional

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Villa F in Rhodes, Greece by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Villa F in Rhodes, Greece by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Set above and within a natural stone wall which runs along this length of the Greek Rhodes coastline, Villa F is a design by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture for a holiday retreat. There’s a strong emphasis on comfort and minimalism throughout the dwelling with markedly few distinct rooms and a lack of internal walls.

Hornung and Jacobi Architecture opted for a lightweight plaster coated timber framework for its superstructure, as opposed to the typical tendency towards brute force and concrete cantilevers in modern architecture. A key aspect in the design brief was that it should be possible to cool and heat the building relatively quickly in order to reach a comfortable temperature as soon as possible. This was achieved through the use of lightweight components in its construction, and the incorporation of a mechanical roof vent to encourage convectional ventilation to occur throughout Villa F.


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mickelin burnes-browne's curator insight, July 10, 2:24 PM

This is totally cool and confirms to what I see in good design--minimalism, clean lines and emphasis on simplicity.

 

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Factory on the Earth in Malaysia by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect

Factory on the Earth in Malaysia by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This project is an extension of the existing factory, reclaiming ground adjacent to the jungle in Johor, Malaysia.

To create a bright space in harmony with the natural environment, the concept aims to blend into the new design into the surrounding jungle.

Using the power of nature in the forms of rain water, sunlight, wind, geothermal heat and vegetation, the loads are further suppressed by the use of geothermics and a green roof prevents heat waste...

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Stunning "Earth House" Appears to Be Built into the Ground

Stunning "Earth House" Appears to Be Built into the Ground | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Earth House Project is a visualized single family home that appears as if it’s built into the ground. Proposed by the Kosovan firm Molos Group, images show a modern space that’s surrounded by lush, green space that intermingles with the building. 

Molos Group explains, “The position of the house is in the midst of nature, far away the busy streets of Tirana. The house was projected that way, to be by all means in touch with nature.”

Depending on the vantage point, the ground reveals and obscures the structure from different angles. The large glazed surfaces deliver ample sunlight to the living areas, and it brings even more natural beauty into the home...

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Borrowing From The Rich Personality of Its Surroundings: Pobble House in England

Borrowing From The Rich Personality of Its Surroundings: Pobble House in England | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Pobble House is an original looking timber frame residence paying tribute to the qualities and architectural history of its special location in Ashford, Kent, England: “Owing to the site’s significance, local planning policy dictates that any new building must replace an existing one and is to be of similar scale and proportion to that of the original. To this end a material palette was chosen that would enhance with age. Whilst being designed to a tight budget, the building has a very high quality and robust nature to withstand the harsh climate”, explained the team at Guy Hollaway Architects.

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Concrete + Context: Winery Pavilion at Leura Park by Centrum Architects

Concrete + Context: Winery Pavilion at Leura Park by Centrum Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This winery pavilion near the southern tip of Australia was conceived by Melbourne's Centrum Architects as a massive lantern to draw curious visitors.

A unique form was a priority from the beginning. For inspiration, the architects turned to the estate’s name – “leura” is derived from the Aboriginal word for lava – and from the unusual wrinkled rock formations found in pahoehoe lava flows. In their interpretation, the design team imagined the roof and western wall as a shell composed from four sections of curving high-performance concrete that rise from the ground before folding over, propped up with angled steel columns. Although initially conceived for off-site prefabrication, it ultimately proved faster and more economical to cast the sections in situ.

Inside, the thickness of the exposed concrete walls provides excellent thermal massing, which allowed Centrum to rely on passive cooling and ventilation, forgoing the need for mechanical and water systems.

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A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong

A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Mexican design firm Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti has designed and developed an ambitious concept that reimagines skyscrapers. 
The concept is 92-stories-high and consists of two parts—for housing and for commerce, linked by bridges. The architects also have an unusual plan to install rice paddies on the roof. 
One of the architects, Adrian Cachoua Oropeza explained that “the farming on the top of the building is an important symbolic gesture as well as an environmental one,” as rice is a staple in Asian countries.
This idea was submitted for the 2014 World Architecture Festival

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 27, 1:15 PM

It's another integration of nature with design but the building looks  a little more like King Kong than Hong Kong

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Fish-inspired skyscraper by RMJM for Doumen, China

Fish-inspired skyscraper by RMJM for Doumen, China | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architecture firm RMJM has won a competition to design a landmark tower for Doumen, China, with plans for a 93-metre-high structure covered in scales.

Proposed at the intersection of two rivers in Zhuhai, the Doumen Observation Tower was designed to mimic the movement of water and aquatic life in the coastal city, sometimes known as the Chinese Riviera. The tower's curving form will be clad with 1,400 bent panels, made from perforated aluminium. These will give the structure its scaly appearance, whilst shading the interior from direct sunlight...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 18, 11:13 AM

Design innovations seem to be increasing each year especially from China.

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LEED Platinum: Branson School Student Commons by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

LEED Platinum: Branson School Student Commons by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Branson School is an independent high school occupying seventeen acres of hilly terrain in the residential community of Ross, California, just north of San Francisco.

The new 7,550 s.f. Student Commons building is located in a narrow glen in the center of the campus, along the pedestrian path between the upper and lower campuses. The central gable and large window wall front onto an inviting terrace and lawn while the flanking support wings, sheltered under green roofs, connect to the adjacent hillsides with board-form concrete walls.

Sited to take advantage of the sunny southern exposure, the new building features large overhead doors that open onto a generous plaza for dining, meeting and outdoor learning. By providing spaces for gathering and socializing throughout the day, the Student Commons serves as the heart of campus activity.

The building is LEED Platinum certified and features many sustainable strategies, including a living roof, radiant heating, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels, and pervious paving.

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Fertile Market by X-TU: An Innovative French Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

Fertile Market by X-TU: An Innovative French Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The French studio “X-TU” Architects perceived the competition-winning French pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo design proposta that responds implicitly to theexpo thème “Feeding the Planet. Energy for life”. They introduce a unique construction established around a vision of the market hall as a “le centre” for agricultural produzione.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 1, 8:44 AM

Interesting design

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Community + Contemporary Architecture: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada

Community + Contemporary Architecture: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Rubin&Rotman Architects completed Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in the Canadian village of Oujé-Bougoumou, paying tribute to local architecture.

The Institute includes an exhibition hall, making it both a museum and meeting place, with community activities such as dance and music shows taking place, along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders. On the lower floor are the offices of associations involved in preserving the Cree language, hunting methods and arts and handicrafts, as well as in promoting tourism. Wood is used extensively, evoking the fundamental importance of the forest to the Cree people. Special attention was paid to transposing symbolic elements reflecting traditional Cree habitat to this contemporary building. The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community.

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, July 27, 12:45 PM

We admire the way the Cree culture and aesthetic is blended into the modern structure. It pays homage to their origins but offers the community a beautiful facility.

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Flanagan Lawrence completes shell-shaped seafront shelter and stage

Flanagan Lawrence completes shell-shaped seafront shelter and stage | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The English seaside resort of Littlehampton has acquired yet another architectural gem, with this performance space and sheltered area by Flanagan Lawrence.

The curvaceous shapes of the structures were influenced by the undulating sand dunes found along the local coastline and were produced by spraying concrete directly onto a reinforced mesh framework.

A double-curved form enables the canopies to rise up from the ground without the need for additional supporting pillars or formwork.

"The Acoustic Shells are a response to this context, bringing back an old ideal, an architecture that can represent sound, and the people that made it," claimed the architects.
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Penda designs flexible bamboo hotel to connect guests with nature

Penda designs flexible bamboo hotel to connect guests with nature | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Design collective Penda has developed a concept for a flexible, portable hotel made from rods of bamboo, designed to bring guests closer to nature.

One With the Birds was developed by Penda – based in Vienna and Beijing – for the AIM Legend of the Tent competition in China, which challenged architects to develop low-impact tent-themed hotels offering a closer connection with the outdoors.

Penda came up with a concept for a flexible bamboo structure that can be easily expanded horizontally and vertically. Find more details at the article.


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A. Perry Homes's curator insight, July 15, 11:38 AM

FInally, our Swiss Family Robinson dream has come true, and we can vacation in the trees! 

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Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia

Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

 In Bunbury, down the coast from Perth in Australia, the architects at Gresley Abas seized the mission of modernizing a homeless shelter as an opportunity to clad the original building in a colourful and dynamic facade – using metal screens. On completion of the building work, Yanget House now houses 37 apartments as well as stores and offices on the first and second floors which generate rental income that goes toward financing the project.
Colt perforated panels provide solar protection on the east side.


Artist Rick Verney specially designed a 3D relief of projecting, angular elements that seem both transparent and sculptural thanks to the characteristic perforation pattern. The “shadow metal” consists of powder-coated anodized aluminum – the perforation pattern on the screens is not just a key design element, but also ensures light transmission and the passage of energy. The customized design thus spawned both sun shading and an unusually textured dynamic façade that is as good as unmistakable.

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UIWGroup's curator insight, July 11, 5:47 AM

See we know how

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3D Solar shading 

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Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland

Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A place where luxury and design meet sustainability and adventure, all surrounded by lava fields and glacial lakes.

Iceland is often dubbed "the land of fire and ice"— about the size of Kentucky, Iceland boasts some of the most starkly juxtaposed landscapes in the world. From black sand beaches to glacier fields to jagged peaks, the lava fields of otherworldly green moss to the countless active geysers, Iceland's landscape is stunning—and that's only the beginning. There's no better place to experience these extremes than the ION Hotel.

Consistently awarded for both its design and sustainability, the ION's (slightly) remote location an hour east of Reykjavik makes it the ideal getaway to both relax and explore the country's extremes...

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Mehdi BH's comment, July 9, 4:34 AM
Amazing !!