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Kicking Horse Residence

Kicking Horse Residence | sustainable architecture |

contThe Kicking Horse Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is arranged as two elements: a dense bar along the northern edge containing the sleeping and bath spaces, and an open shell with living and dining spaces oriented toward the extraordinary mountain views.

A glass volume links these forms, with the main entrance at the lower level and an upper landing for ski access on the west side. Careful positioning of program enables a sense of openness and transparency while screening the neighboring homes from view. The linear form of the sleeping spaces cantilevers over a board-formed concrete base containing the garage, mudroom, and playroom.

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This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights

This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights | sustainable architecture |

Some very lucky citizens of Montpellier, France will have the opportunity to live in a striking tree-inspired high-rise dubbed the “Arbre Blanc,” or “White Tree.” A collaboration between architect Sou FujimotoManal Rachdi Oxo Architects, and Nicolas Laisné Associés, the Arbre Blanc mirrors natural growth patterns in an incredible example of intelligent architecture and design...

Lili Dávila's curator insight, April 21, 8:41 AM

Very stylish!

Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 22, 4:02 AM

Many projects are looking at how to extend part of the cities in the ocean, this project, to me, expands in the air... a tree or a shuttle with many many wings .

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 22, 8:41 PM

El árbol blanco de Montpellier, reproduce los patrones del crecimiento natural para llegar a un diseño muy interesante.

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Two-Sided Railway Station in Rotterdam's Fabric

Two-Sided Railway Station in Rotterdam's Fabric | sustainable architecture |

Rotterdam Centraal Station’s relationship to the existing urban fabric called for different treatments of its north and south facades.

The commission for a new central railway station in Rotterdam had multiple clients, and complex program, encompassing the north and south station halls, train platforms, concourse, commercial space, offices, outdoor public space, and more. Finally, there was the station’s relationship to Rotterdam itself: while city leaders envisioned the south entrance as a monumental gateway to the city, the proximity of an historic neighborhood to the north necessitated a more temperate approach.

Team CS, a collaboration among Benthem Crouwel Architekten, MVSA Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten, and West 8, achieved a balancing act with a multipart facade conceived over the project’s decade-long gestation. On the south, Rotterdam Centraal Station trumpets its presence with a swooping triangular stainless steel and glass entryway, while to the north a delicate glass-house exterior defers to the surrounding urban fabric.

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Snøhetta's Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World's Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

Snøhetta's Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World's Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building | sustainable architecture |

Powerhouse at Brattorkaia will make use of solar cells, heat pumps, and sea water to become the world's most Northernmost energy-positive building. Located in downtown Trondheim, this office building was designed by Snøhetta, and received the environmental classification "Outstanding" from BREEAM NOR. It's yet another example of why Norway is such a sustainability role model and demonstrates that renewables make sense even in cold northern climes.

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Partly Hidden Beach House with Unobstructed Sea Views in Norway

Partly Hidden Beach House with Unobstructed Sea Views in Norway | sustainable architecture |
Split House is a peculiar beach house partly hidden under ground. The house's two levels are made of natural materials. Each level enables lovely sea views.

The Oslo-based architectural studio JVA designed a beach house that folds into the landscape. Located near the sea, the residence is partly hidden under ground, allowing unobstructed sea views for the neighbours. Capturing the best panoramic views, the house offers a unique living experience.

The roof is covered with grass and can be also used as a terrace whilst large expanses of glass enable panoramic views to relax and inspire. The interior feels light and airy, opening up to the landscape, with transparency playing a key role in this project, providing an incredibly warm and bright environment.

Betty Fitzgerald's curator insight, April 15, 8:41 AM

I love the uncluttered approach to this beach house. And the sleek contemporary siding combined with the natural curving cobbled walk is perfect. Can I live here!?

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Efficient light in Geneva

Efficient light in Geneva | sustainable architecture |

The new WTO extension building for some 300 staff members offers a compelling view out over Lake Geneva with a sense of lightness and elegance. The idea was to create an extension that was a transparent as possible and did not seem at all solid in order to blend in best with the surrounding park; the proposal used a reduced formal vocabulary to create a long, glass cube on a set-back plinth boasting glazed frontage.

Nevertheless, the project set out to achieve high energy efficiency levels and obtain Swiss Minergie-P certification. Thanks to ingenious facilities technology, a heat recovery system and the use of Nimbus LED luminaires, this ambitious target was achieved even with the entire glass frontage chosen.

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National Arboretum Pavilion by Zulaikha Greer Architects in Canberra, Australia

National Arboretum Pavilion by Zulaikha Greer Architects in Canberra, Australia | sustainable architecture |

A pavilion with a spiked roof by Australian firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects rises above the landscaped site of the new National Arboretum on the outskirts of the Australian capital, Canberra.

TZG, in association with landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean, won an Australia wide competition for the National Arboretum, on a 290ha. site of bushfire-damaged land north of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. The Arboretum is a collection of 100 forests, each home to a single internationally-endangered species. The species are chosen from the many thousands that are threatened world-wide, and curated according to colour of foliage, pattern of bark/leaf, filigree of branches, scent and texture, and suitability to local growth conditions.

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Rotterdam Centraal Station

Rotterdam Centraal Station | sustainable architecture |

Team CS designed Rotterdam Centraal Station, one of the most important transport hubs in The Netherlands, as a building that tries to create a dialogue between the different urban characters of the north and south side.

Natural light and warmth and modern aesthetics are important elements in the design. The platform roof is transparent, and upon entering the bright high hall, the traveler gets an overview of the entire complex and a view to the trains that are waiting at the platforms.

The esplanade in front of the station is a continuous public space, with parking for 750 cars and 5,200 bicycles located underground. The tram station is moved to the east side of the station, so the platforms broaden the square. Bus, tram, taxi and the area for short-term parking are integrated into the existing urban fabric and do not constitute barriers. The red stone of the station floor continues into the forecourt, merging the station with the city. Pedestrian and cycling routes are pleasant and safe and arriving travelers now have dignified entrance to the city, free from traffic.

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Rainforest Guardian: A Lotus-Shaped Concept Skyscraper

Rainforest Guardian: A Lotus-Shaped Concept Skyscraper | sustainable architecture |

When you add one part skyscraper, one part forest-saving reservoir, and one part eco-laboratory, you get the all-parts-awesome behemoth known as the Rainforest Guardian, a conceptual design that looks like a giant metal lotus flower sticking out of the expansive Amazon rainforest.

Designed by Jie Huang, Jin Wei, Qiaowan Tang, Yiwei Yu, and Zhe Hao from China, the architectural beast is not like your average skyscraper. In contrast to the normally spearhead-like structure of your typical cloud-kissing building, the top of the Guardian has the most surface area. This allows it to catch and store hundreds of gallons of rainwater to save for the dry season. It also gives the building an organic, futuristic aesthetic that seems more at home in a galaxy far, far away than on our own world. Not to mention, the building is driping with dozens of long, wet vines—making it some fusion of nature and artificial design. No wonder it was an honorable mention at this year's eVolvo Skyscraper Competition...

Mark Warren's curator insight, April 2, 11:50 PM

Rainforest Guardian: A Lotus-Shaped Concept Skyscraper

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Pop-Up House by Multipod Studio

Pop-Up House by Multipod Studio | sustainable architecture |

Multipod Studio have designed the Pop-Up House, a housing concept that is low cost, uses recyclable materials and can be built in four days.

The structure, compiled of insulating blocks and wooden panels, delivers affordable thermal insulation. Heating represents close to 28% of global energy consumption and is also one of the main household costs. Determined to develop solutions, Multipod Studio have patented a unique approach to passive construction that delivers outstanding thermal insulation at an affordable cost.

No special tools required, the house is assembled using lightweight and recyclable materials for quick installation.

The materials used are inexpensive and the thermal envelope means no additional heating is necessary. 
The Pop-Up House is an innovative concept that aims to challenge passive house construction.

Catherine Devin's curator insight, March 28, 4:02 AM

This ise also an interesting option for seasonal, holiday use, optimizing the building lifecycle for this particular type of use.... while giving also some flexibility in this type of business.

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A special kind of tree house

Architect Andreas Wenning specializes in designing structures at lofty heights. He has already realized floating abodes under the open sky for hotels in Germany, Argentina and Florida, either suspended from trees or, where nature hadn’t provided the necessary framework itself, on stilts. In the Belgian municipality of Hechtel-Eksel, he has conceived a meeting room for international paper manufacturer Sappi.
The aim was to create a meeting space whereby sustainability was made a priority from the very first sketch. Accordingly, they chose wood as their main building material: installed in line with an elegant, timeless formal vocabulary. The rounded structure, the sloping supports and the roof, which envelops the entire building, lend the tree house a unique futuristic aesthetic. The conference area is divided across two floors, 5.5 meter and 6.5 meter above the ground, respectively, offering a free view of the surrounding landscape and even including a café and lounge area, and service facilities.
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Industry + Ingenuity: 7 Silo Transformations that Fill Empty Voids with New Life

Industry + Ingenuity: 7 Silo Transformations that Fill Empty Voids with New Life | sustainable architecture |
How can one transform a collection of concrete tubes into a site for experiencing contemporary culture?

That was the question posed by British architect and artist Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, whose imaginative designs can be found everywhere from Manchester to Shanghai. Heatherwick is used to creating striking sculptures on a grand scale, but his latest proposal is larger than any before—he plans to carve an art museum from the depths of an old silo in South Africa’s capital city, Cape Town. The building is a monumental sculpture in itself, and Heatherwick’s challenge was twofold: protect and celebrate the heritage of the city’s industrial past while simultaneously creating something wholly new within the inherited structure.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 22, 5:47 PM

Dar nueva vida a los silos; soluciones de todo tipo para todo tipo de usos. Algunos de los proyectos, muy interesantes.

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A Desert Oasis by assemblageSTUDIO

A Desert Oasis by assemblageSTUDIO | sustainable architecture |

There are two ways to live with Las Vegas’ harsh climate. The first, epitomized by the hermetically-sealed tract houses ringing the Strip, rejects the reality of the desert in favor of air conditioning and architecture evoking far-off places.

The second strategy embraces the environment for what it is, and looks to the natural world for cues about how to adapt. In their tresARCA house, assemblageSTUDIO took the latter approach. Glass and granite punctuated by a folded steel screen surrounding the second-floor bedrooms, tresARCA’s facade is a meditation on the resilience of the desert landscape.

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Celebrate Earth Day with These Low-Impact Prefab Homes

Celebrate Earth Day with These Low-Impact Prefab Homes | sustainable architecture |

Alchemy Architects, a small firm based in St. Paul, MN, has devoted their work to sustainable building practices—often through the process of prefabricated modular designs. By utilizing recycled and reused matters, along with building strategies that reduce waste, Alchemy rethinks the prototypical vacation home by striving for simplicity and minimal use of materials. Their rustic, often oxidized buildings have a way of sitting harmoniously within their settings, while yielding a minimized carbon (and physical) footprint.

To celebrate Earth Day, check out Alchemy's weeHouses, which exemplify the firm's eco-conscious reputation.

Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 23, 7:04 AM

Une nouvelle proposition pour de petites unités d'habitation préfabriquées, propres à un usage saisonnier... des architectes du Minnesota les ont conçues, en métal recyclé oxydé, différemment d'autres options vues récemment en bois.

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Courtyards Connected by Refurbished Shipping Containers: An Innovative Melbourne Workplace

Courtyards Connected by Refurbished Shipping Containers: An Innovative Melbourne Workplace | sustainable architecture |

Australian practice Room 11 has completed the Melbourne headquarters of Royal Wolf – a specialist in the hire, sale and modification of new and refurbished shipping containers. 

Appropriately, the workplace is built entirely from the steel units, utilizing the fabrication and construction methods employed by the organization.

20ft and 40ft containers are positioned to create four courtyards, forming a complete rectangle. The ends of each unit are replaced with full height glazing, while ceilings are also left exposed, covered with rigid insulation and a membrane roof. Two are set vertically, placed on end to create a narrow void with a skylight naturally illuminating the building’s interior.

The scheme repurposes the enclosed volumes as a series of connected light-filled rooms interspersed with areas of plantation. Offices and reception areas articulated around a central courtyard, while the meeting room, kitchen and principal offices are linked to further external enclosures.

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A Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Portland by Skylab Architecture

A Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Portland by Skylab Architecture | sustainable architecture |

Seven concrete fins provide a green roof that collects rainwater at this new engineering facility for a wastewater treatment plant in Portland, Oregon.

The new single-storey building was oriented along the path of the sun featuring seven folded cast-in-place concrete roof forms that channel storm water sustainably through the eco-roof. The storm water then drains along the berms into a visible storm water collection system leading back to the Columbia Slough.

As an intentional demonstration, the building and its immediate landscape employ signage and educational elements to celebrate the Columbia Slough ecosystem where the project is located as well as share information about the regional watershed. Inspired by the native landscape and its industrial past, the building is an elegant combination of landform, indigenous planting, formal geometry, and durable construction systems that support staff and the public interface.

Betty Fitzgerald's curator insight, April 17, 12:01 PM

Not far from home! Think I'll need to go check out  this awesome  sustainable building .  #pnw  #sustainability

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22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World

22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World | sustainable architecture |

With a little bit of imagination (and a lot work), some talented architects have succeeded in designing dwellings made of shipping containers, ranging from off-the-grid guest homes to full time single family homes.

Shipping Container homes have their pros and cons: they are durable and eco-friendly, usually more cost-effective to build than conventional construction, and pre-fab modules can be easily transported by truck. But they also must be well insulated and sealed, as the steel conducts heat and can easily rust.

Here are 22 of the best modern shipping container houses built around the world to consider...

Michelle Poulter's comment, April 18, 3:10 AM
This is a great idea for technologies curriculum Ellie. I think it definitely demonstrate how technology, architecture and sustainability mixes in todays society. A great scoop. Regards Michelle
François Lanthier's curator insight, April 30, 7:42 AM

Really cool reuse of shipping containers... they are now a permanent part of our landscape!

Chantell Saddler.'s comment, June 5, 5:52 PM
I love your collection Ellie. This one is excellent!
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The world's first net-zero energy skyscraper rises in Indonesia

The world's first net-zero energy skyscraper rises in Indonesia | sustainable architecture |
The Pertamina Energy Tower's curved façade is precisely calibrated for Jakarta's proximity to the equator to mitigate solar heat gain year-round.

The world's first net-zero energy skyscraper soon will grace the center of Jakarta, Indonesia — the Pertamina Energy Tower. When it's finished in 2019, it will be 99 stories high and serve as the headquarters of the national energy company. In addition to the 20,000 people who will work there, it will be the centerpiece of a campus that has a mosque, a sports center and a 2,000-seat auditorium for the performing arts.

Shaped like a funnel, the top of the tower opens at the top, capturing wind and sucking it inside to run a series of vertical wind turbines that provide 25 percent of the building's electricity.

The building is designed to be a symbol of Indonesia's commitment to sustainable development. Find more details at the link.

Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 11, 4:00 AM

Au centre de Jakarta, ce bâtiment sera le symbole de l'engagement de l'Indonésie pour le développement durable.

Programme ambitieux dans le design comme dans les technologies.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, April 24, 8:32 AM

Hopefully, this will be the wave of the future. The building is designed specifically for the place it is going to sit and how it can gain the most energy from the natural resources available. They are taking advantage of the sunlight and geothermal sources of energy that do not pollute the environment and never run out.

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Omizubata N House in the Forest of Karuizawa by Iida Archiship Studio

Omizubata N House in the Forest of Karuizawa by Iida Archiship Studio | sustainable architecture |

The village of Karruizawa, Nagano Prefect, is a destination commonly sought after by Tokyo dwellers looking for a peaceful getaway. It’s easy to see the zen-like qualities a rural retreat like Omizubata N House offers its owners when they escape the city and its 13 million inhabitants. The interior of the oversized cabin is finished entirely with wood adding to the natural feel of the forest surroundings.

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A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley

A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley | sustainable architecture |

Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.

Designed by San Francisco-based Spiegel Aihara Workshop (SAW), the Cotton Street residence integrates elements of the ranch house and adapts them to our increasing need for a greener architecture. The architects drew from a wide array of design strategies in order to make the building more sustainable, striving for maximum flexibility of living configurations along with high energy savings. Designed with a sense of consideration for the site, the residence takes advantage of natural lighting and passive ventilation, while its owners equipped the spaces with energy efficient appliances, radiant floor heating, and a solar system for energy generation.

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Resilient floating school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village

Resilient floating school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village | sustainable architecture |

Built with recycled and local materials, this floating school is a prototype that could be built in other flood-prone areas.

Designed by NLÉ, a firm founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, the Makoko Floating School is a prototype that could be applied to other areas in Africa that face infrastructural and social challenges due to climate change.

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Christian Allié's curator insight, April 4, 8:07 AM



..  [Makoko Floating School] is a movable 'building' or 'watercraft' currently located in the aquatic community of Makoko in the lagoon heart of Africa's second most populous city - Lagos, Nigeria. It is a floating structure that adapts to the tidal changes and varying water levels, making it invulnerable to flooding and storm surges. It is designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater.

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The designers envision whole communities built in this clever fashion, which can float with on the rising waters of a natural disaster. Check out our other post on flood-resistant, floating bamboo homes, and see more over at Dezeen and NLÉ.

CORRECTION: The floating platform is made of "16 wooden modules, each containing 16 [recycled empty plastic barrels]." We apologize for the error.

Related on bamboo house that floats when it floods, revisitedThis geodesic houseboat cost less than $2,000 to buildAutark Home: A Self-Sufficient, Floating Passivhaus Houseboat
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Emerson College Los Angeles by Morphosis Architects

Emerson College Los Angeles by Morphosis Architects | sustainable architecture |

Emerson College Los Angeles sits on a stretch of Sunset Boulevard that is rapidly changing from seedy to cinematic. Designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, the $85 million, 10-storey microcampus hosts students majoring in television, film, marketing, acting, screenwriting, and journalism.
At nearly 10,000 sq m, Morphosis' scheme maxes out the site, but has a hollow centre. The mixed used educational building includes two 10-story dormitory towers (housing 217 students), classrooms, faculty offices, video and film production labs, and multi-use performance spaces, including an outdoor amphitheater with a view of the Hollywood sign. A superstructure roof connecting the two towers does double duty as a theatrical lighting grid and helipad.
The architects hope to achieve LEED Gold certification. Motorized sunshades on the east and west tower facades control solar heat gain and give the building a tough, mechanical-looking exterior. Designed using computational processing, the folded aluminum screens on the sides of the courtyard are dynamic and mesmerizing, an optical illusion suggesting depth and motion.

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Aspen Art Museum, Designed by Shigeru Ban Architects

Aspen Art Museum, Designed by Shigeru Ban Architects | sustainable architecture |

The Aspen Art Museum, Shigeru Ban's first museum in the U.S., is designed to be part–environmental center, part–ski lift.

The $45 million structure, currently under construction in downtown Aspen, is emblematic of post-recession restraint. “Museums have to be very practical,” Ban says. “They can’t just be sculpture.” And in keeping with that ethos, the architect has delivered a simple three-story structure free of tight angles, ovoid shapes, or curving walls. This includes half a dozen galleries, an artist residency area, education spaces, and conservation studios, all told occupying a total 33,000 square feet. The galleries are large and column-free, with flexible partition walls capable of accommodating large-scale sculpture and installation. The rooftop garden functions as entrance hall, public gathering area, and outdoor projection space. “The program was so precise,” Ban says. “There was no space to waste.”

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Modern Beach House Camouflaged as Driftwood Box: Lamble Residence

Modern Beach House Camouflaged as Driftwood Box: Lamble Residence | sustainable architecture |
This modern beach house located on the south coast of New South Wales was envisioned as a timber driftwood box covered by a simple white roof.

The layout of the residence was well adapted to the environmental challenges, as the architects explained : “We chose to make the most of the views, as well as the sunny and protected northern aspect, by positioning the living and sleeping spaces to that side. Service rooms including the bathrooms, laundry, and garage, are located to the south. All of the rooms open onto generous outdoor spaces, on different sides of the house, ensuring protection from the changeable seaside winds.” The minimalist interior design scheme and color palette direct attention towards the natural richness outdoors.

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, March 23, 8:17 PM

Love this design#design

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Snøhetta reveals snake-like hotel for a Norwegian island

Snøhetta reveals snake-like hotel for a Norwegian island | sustainable architecture |
Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled images of a snake-like hotel that will wind across a rocky outcrop in Norway's Lofoten archipelago.

The site extends out to sea to the south and west, linking the contact between ocean and the tall, shielding mountains to the north and northwest. The location is spectacular, sunny, in the mighty landscape elements, yet in touch with old settlement and sheltered harbors.

Snøhetta has developed a project and looked at a number of factors: the landscape "critical load" vs. new construction, functional and technical aspects of access, infrastructure, ecology and sustainability, connection to outdoors areas and existing buildings. The main goal is to find the development patterns and shapes that trigger the functional, architectural and experiential triggers the plot's formidable potential. We think it will be essential to find a building program and a scale that "hits", both in terms of economy, market and individual experience opportunities.

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Frédéric Liégeois's comment, March 20, 2:08 AM
strange, isn't it?