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SOAPBOTTLEs swap plastic shampoo bottles with ones made from soap

SOAPBOTTLEs swap plastic shampoo bottles with ones made from soap | Facility management | Scoop.it

'One designer’s water-soluble vision for replacing all those plastic shampoo bottles.'

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Sustainability is a buzzword we’re used to hearing. Some say that the term is dead.


That's because the nature of the term 'sustainable' is a stagnant one. By definition ‘sustainable’ means: ‘able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.’ We are already living in a damaged world and, for me, the notion of sustainability is merely maintaining what we have left. This idea is, at best, only slightly helpful and, at worst, a lazy approach to what we should be trying to achieve.


Building management is about people and buildings, but it’s also about business — revenues and resources. You can think of the natural world like a business — where revenues are declining fast and every year returns from our environment are decreasing as we deplete our resources. If we could only return to a revenue stream of years ago — of cleaner waterways with plentiful fish stocks, more trees and abundant wildlife habitats — we wouldn’t be in the same boat now. Read about how we can focus on recovery and have reclamation as our primary goal here.

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Are green building rating tools ready for a paradigm shift?

Are green building rating tools ready for a paradigm shift? | Facility management | Scoop.it
According to Professor Janis Birkeland, green building rating tools are improving but they are only improving upon a flawed conceptual model.  “As currently conceived, they only reduce ‘unsustainability’ – and at a slower pace than the environmental destruction caused by buildings”. 
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Buildings can give back


It is fortunate that buildings can “give back more than they take from the environment by creating social and natural life-support systems or “eco-services” that increase environmental and social justice in the region (the public estate) and increase nature and wilderness (the ecological base) ....”


How can this be achieved?


With good building design or ‘positive development’. Ecological gains can be made and buildings can be “nature-positive”: that is they can increase nature relative to pre-urban conditions. If Green buildings do more harm than no building at all then they aren’t at all sustainable. Net-positive design is the future of building development. This includes consultation with experts in facilities management. Havencab Property Group can provide input at the design phase that will greatly enhance the value of your asset by embracing positive development. 

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Coronation Makes $293m Build-to-Rent Plans

Coronation Makes $293m Build-to-Rent Plans | Facility management | Scoop.it
Coronation Property are moving forward with plans to build 790 build-to-rent apartments in Merrylands at an estimated cost of $29
Frank Borosss insight:

The build-to-rent (BtR) market has is a hot topic for property developers and investors right now. With housing affordability issues has come a change in attitude to renting as opposed to purchasing. With more residents (aka customers) looking to rent, BtR can be a profitable option for investors. If investors view renters as customers then the way the buildings are managed is crucial. Typically, buildings will need larger areas for communal amenities with staff on-premises to keep facilities neat, tidy and operational. BtR is offering a lifestyle rather than merely selling square footage.
Importantly, the flexibility of renting becomes even greater when you add in the benefits of a wonderfully managed property. This is something we haven’t yet experienced in this country!

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Sydney’s Most Sought-After Development Projects

Sydney’s Most Sought-After Development Projects | Facility management | Scoop.it
New development projects across a number Sydney’s most affluent suburbs have remained high on the radar of foreign investors.
Frank Borosss insight:

In the world arena, Australia has been recognised as being one of the most successful countries in containing the corona virus outbreak, despite recent outbreaks. So overseas investors are still keen on high-end properties in Australian market.

 

According to this report, the most viewed high-rise  developments included "Crown Group’s recently-completed $575 million Infinity project, Cbus Property’s under construction Epping project The Langston and Meriton’s 553-apartment project in Parramatta."

 

Also of note is the Crown Resorts' $2.4 billion casino, hotel and apartment tower, One Barangaroo, due for completion in 2021. You can read about Sydney's 15 most sought after developments here.

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Technology procurement challenges for ‘smart building’ developers and operators

Technology procurement challenges for ‘smart building’ developers and operators | Facility management | Scoop.it
As ‘smart building’ technology becomes more complex, building developers and operators face new challenges that will require technology-specific skill sets to address.
Frank Borosss insight:

Increasingly the Internet-of-Things (IoT) is considered one of the most important components used in smart cities and buildings.


IoT works by collecting and communicating data between connected devices/sensors through the Internet. Buildings can be made ‘smart’ by using IoT sensors and devices that detect environmental conditions within the structure, collect data on the conditions and use it to self-diagnose irregularities in the buildings’ operations and self-regulate accordingly.


For example, sensors can detect rises in temperature of a conference room when it becomes crowded and respond by activating the HVAC system to increase ventilation and air conditioning. Sensors can similarly detect the presence and number of people in individual spaces of the building and adjust the lighting and temperature accordingly.


HOW CAN WE ASSIST?


If you are interested in getting involved in smart buildings and smart properties technologies please feel free to contact a member of National FM staff to discuss possible solutions and next steps.

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Creating community is rewarding

Creating community is rewarding | Facility management | Scoop.it
National FM, part of the Havencab Property Group, is continually working on creating community and we are thrilled to know that our work is so appreciated! Thank YOU, residents at The Flour Mill.
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We at National FM (part of the Havencab Property Group), appreciate how lucky we are to have such thoughtful residents in our Flour Mill community and to have such wonderful workers who care about their residents. Congratulations Yessica, Parvat  and Bikash for your great work! You can read all about this good news story here.

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Community and place-making is crucial in building management

Community and place-making is crucial in building management | Facility management | Scoop.it
National FM, part of the Havencab Property Group, is continually working to create a sense of community and place-making for our residents. With loneliness now a public health challenge, social connection is becoming even more important than ever in building management.
Frank Borosss insight:

We cannot ignore the importance of community and creating place in our built environment.


With 1 in 5 Australians living in multi-storey developments and up to 1 in 4 Australians identifying as feeling lonely is there a connection?


Loneliness has emerged as a new public health challenge. 


Recent research shows loneliness is a serious public health problem, for young people as much as the elderly. Many nations around the world now suggest we are facing a ‘loneliness epidemic’. Statistics have also identified a particular risk of loneliness among young people who were renting and who did not feel a sense of belonging to the local area.


The challenge we as building managers face is what can be done about it? Discover some solutions here.

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Brickworks and Goodman joint venture secures long-term Amazon lease in Sydney

Brickworks and Goodman joint venture secures long-term Amazon lease in Sydney | Facility management | Scoop.it
Online retail giant Amazon has unveiled plans to bolster its Australian distribution capability by opening a new scalable facility in Sydney’s Oakdale West in partnership with a property trust operated by brick manufacturer Brickworks (ASX: BKW) and commercial property company Goodman Group (ASX: GMG).
Frank Borosss insight:

Amazon is set to more than double its Australian footprint with signing of a 20-year lease with commercial property group Goodman and brick company Brickworks to open Australia’s first robotic fulfilment centre at Oakdale West industrial estate in Western Sydney. The 89 hectare site will house 


Amazon is the second tenant signed at the centre, with Coles also signing up for a state-of-the-art warehouse last year. Coles’ tenancy involves almost complete automation, with shuttle and conveyor belt technology, making this an almost $1 billion investment in automation by the supermarket chain.

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Developer Uses 3D to Power $1bn Masterplan

Developer Uses 3D to Power $1bn Masterplan | Facility management | Scoop.it
Nearmap 3D enables developers to see it in context. Get as close to the real world as you can
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"Smart-city" developer Mulpha is shaping a more attractive work and lifestyle destination with the multi-billion-dollar expansion of Norwest Business Park in Sydney’s west. Using the high-resolution aerial imagery program Nearmap 3D, Mulpha is looking at how their buildings work together in the environment. This 3D view allows a view of the development from the ground plane and ensures that it’s enticing for residents and the public.

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The electricity market is about to turn upside down – in a good way

The electricity market is about to turn upside down – in a good way | Facility management | Scoop.it
On 31 August 2018, three public advocacy groups wrote to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) asking it to change the rules governing how the Australian electricity market works. Their request? Allow consumers to be paid for electricity they avoid using.
Frank Borosss insight:

Opportunities for Building Managers to Further Reduce Energy Costs

 

Demand Response (DR) is the term used for the voluntary reduction or changing of an electricity demand profile. Examples in facilities management of DR include adjusting temperature setpoints for airconditioning systems, rescheduling the operation of plant and equipment to move load away from peak periods, and the charging and discharging of batteries.

 

Up until recent developments in the energy industry for facilities management, energy efficiency and demand response were considered different factors, each with unique and different benefits. Energy efficiency used to be about reducing consumption, reducing costs and reducing emissions. DR was all about “optimising infrastructure use and avoiding network disruptions and penalty charges.”  Now with these changes to the electricity market there is great opportunity for building managers to cut energy costs and “transition to a zero-carbon electricity grid” by relying on and using crucial building information system data on energy demand. Is your building management company ready to save you thousands of dollars using innovative DR strategies?

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Why even the best case for jobs isn't good. We'll need more JobKeeper

Why even the best case for jobs isn't good. We'll need more JobKeeper | Facility management | Scoop.it
The best case scenario sees a short-term recovery to the depths of the 1980s and 1990s recessions.
Frank Borosss insight:

Professor Jeff Borland from the University of Melbourne (Economics) presents some interesting points on the future of job keeper payments. We need informed discussion like this on what is best for our workers and for our businesses. 

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Oxford Lodges Build-to-Rent Plans for Pitt Street Skyscraper

Oxford Lodges Build-to-Rent Plans for Pitt Street Skyscraper | Facility management | Scoop.it
Oxford Properties has lodged its DA for the build-to-rentl tower at the Sydney Metro Pitt Street over-station development.
Frank Borosss insight:

Sydney’s First Build-to-Rent Tower


The Pitt Street North over-station development will include a 39-level office and retail tower of 47,000sq m, while the south over-station development will deliver Sydney’s first build-to-rent tower comprising 230 apartments.

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Chamfered corners, green roof and circle motifs soften impact of new North Bondi Amenities

Chamfered corners, green roof and circle motifs soften impact of new North Bondi Amenities | Facility management | Scoop.it
North Bondi Amenities (NBA) reimagines the template of the boxy, double-brick public bathroom that is, frankly, unbefitting of our signature Australian beaches.
Frank Borosss insight:

A great example of positive architecture is this multi purpose space at North Bondi. The building caters to a large and diverse number of users with different needs. A major feature of the building is its green roof with over 700 coastal sedges, grasses and ground covers. 
The point of positive architecture is to change people’s behaviour in public for the better. This type of architecture creates place and is designed to foster community - just what is needed in our environment. 

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How working with an indigenous organisation has been a win for our strata clients

How working with an indigenous organisation has been a win for our strata clients | Facility management | Scoop.it

Havencab Property Group has been working hard on finding ways to reduce waste from multi-story buildings and our new partnership with RealFutures is heading to a win for all stakeholders. Our high-rise recycling program will significantly reduce waste.

Frank Borosss insight:

Natalie, who masterminded this groundbreaking initiative, says "we are working with RealFutures to donate items that can be re-used to house indigenous men and women" and that "this also has a significant cost savings to the Strata Plan for the removal of bulky items". The program is being trialled for RealFutures Western Sydney women before being rolled out by National FM to other participants, buildings and areas. So far, the response has been outstanding, and more than 20 participants have received assistance.

 

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Queensland govt introduces legislation to criminalise wage theft

Queensland govt introduces legislation to criminalise wage theft | Facility management | Scoop.it
Queensland government to introduce legislation to make wage theft a criminal offence.
Frank Borosss insight:

Victoria first and now Queensland


Recently Victoria became the first state in the country to pass laws enabling criminal penalties for those who deliberately underpay or don’t pay their workers. “Employers who dishonestly withhold wages, superannuation or other employee entitlements, will face fines of up to $198,264 for individuals, $991,320 for companies and up to 10 years’ jail”. Offences will include falsifyIng or failing to keep employee payroll and entitlement records.


A Queensland Parliamentary inquiry that found that “almost one in four Queensland workers is not receiving the pay they are entitled to.” The findings showed that wage theft is “taking around $1.2 billion out of workers’ wages each year and more than $1 billion from workers’ superannuation”. So now the  Queensland government will introduce legislation to make wage theft a criminal offence.


The Federal Court has also ruled for former Spotless Group cleaners in Queensland and Western Australia ensuring their right to be paid their entitlements.


Now it’s time for the NSW government to uphold the rights of workers in the cleaning industry here in our state. 

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Newmark Capital Picks Up Bourke Street DJs

Newmark Capital Picks Up Bourke Street DJs | Facility management | Scoop.it
Melbourne-based Newmark Capital has picked up the David Jones menswear store in Bourke Street Mall for $121 million.
Frank Borosss insight:

A short reprieve for Melbourne icon


David Jones' South African parent, Woolworths Holdings, appointed investment bank UBS to consolidate its property portfolio in order to reduce debt, which has lead to the sale of its flagship stores. The David Jones store, at the heart of Melbourne’s prime pedestrian mall at 299 Bourke Street, will continue with a short term lease back.


The purchaser is Newmark Capital which, as detailed in the article, has build a massive billion dollar property base in Melbourne over a very short time. 

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Why the 'ugly cousin' of property urgently needs more attention

Why the 'ugly cousin' of property urgently needs more attention | Facility management | Scoop.it
Nearly 20 per cent of all 'households' in the ACT are not, in fact, in houses at all. An
Frank Borosss insight:

Strata needs a National Regulatory Framework
Chris Miller, founding member of the ACT chapter of Strata Community Association, is passionate about the need for a national regulatory framework for the strata sector. This is because the strata sector is having a huge influence on our “social and economic landscape”.
With an ever increasing proportion of the population living in strata and the ever increasing size of strata properties it really is vital to focus on the “needs of people and communities choosing strata living”.

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NSW Reforms Cut Red Tape, Planning Times

NSW Reforms Cut Red Tape, Planning Times | Facility management | Scoop.it

The NSW Government will spend $83 million on the long-awaited reform of planning processes, cutting the time and paperwork required for developments.

Frank Borosss insight:

A Silver Lining to COVID?
A fundamental change in direction for NSW planning has occurred which will boost the property industry.


Of special note is the announcement of a merit-based appeal mechanism to the Land and Environment Court For rezoning of land.


In addition, the comment in the article from Shane Geha, managing director of property advisory business EG Advisory, is priceless.


This new planning system should drive our economy forward. However, with the retreat of local and foreign investors, there will be a need for a change in construction design to entice buyers who will be looking for more liveable developments. Community spaces and gardens will be a priority. Developers and builders need to work together to innovate rapidly and copy world’s best practice in place making to attract buyers. 

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Victoria Cross Metro, Lendlease 42-Storey Tower Approved

Victoria Cross Metro, Lendlease 42-Storey Tower Approved | Facility management | Scoop.it
A 42-storey tower to rise above the future Victoria Cross Metro led by Lendlease has been green lit.
Frank Borosss insight:

The NSW state government last week gave the official green light for the metro over station development, one of 19 projects included in the state government’s third tranche of “shovel ready” projects.

 

Planning minister Rob Stokes described the project as sitting in the heart of the North Sydney CBD, and said he expects the project would generate between "400-600 construction jobs."

 

Victoria Cross Metro station will be located beneath Miller Street, to the north of the Pacific Highway, North Sydney. The ‘Integrated Station Development’ for Victoria Cross will be made up of the Metro station and ‘Over Station Development' (OSD) project. The development is identified as having a Capital Investment Value of more than $30 million.

 

Lendlease is delivering the Sydney Metro Victoria Cross integrated station development which includes a 40-storey commercial building plus a 2-storey rooftop plant, integrating retail opportunities with commercial space and an  entertainment sector. This highlights the continued growth of the North Sydney CBD and enhances Sydney's status as a global city. 

 

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Urban planning in a post-pandemic world

Urban planning in a post-pandemic world | Facility management | Scoop.it
COVID-19 is challenging many conventions within urban development across the globe.
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Urban living in a post-pandemic world will be "more local, compact, pedestrian-friendly and connected," according to the article author, a leading Australian urban planner. Although he does mention that "the belief that places with the greatest density are most prone to pandemics is misguided."


He says density isn’t a risk as long as good governance is implemented and noted that places like South Korea and Singapore have had success in containing the virus.


Importantly, effective building management is now a crucial part of good governance. This is true not only for the operation and cleanliness of high density buildings but also for the social aspects of managing those buildings. Our National FM building managers are people oriented as well as experts in running facilities for maximum efficiency. This combination is ideal for what is needed for post-pandemic living. 

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Victoria Fast-Tracks $1.1bn in Project Approvals

Victoria Fast-Tracks $1.1bn in Project Approvals | Facility management | Scoop.it
Seven major development projects in Victoria have been fast-tracked by the state government
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The Victoria state government is fast-tracking six projects to stimulate the economy. This move includes approval for the first two towers in Lendlease’s five-building Collins Wharf project, a 668-apartment, development at 938 Collins Street, in Melbourne’s Docklands. the final component of the huge Victoria Harbour precinct on the edge of the Melbourne CBD.


Recent April approvals also included Australia’s tallest residential tower along with another eight projects, including a planned 850-apartment tower by Far East Consortium  situated on Bourke Street, Melbourne.


These projects should help grow Victoria’s building and development industry, create jobs and provide necessary housing.

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Minimum wages to increase by 1.75% - Fair Work

Minimum wages to increase by 1.75% - Fair Work | Facility management | Scoop.it
The Fair Work Commission has announced a 1.75% increase to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) following its 2020 Annual Wage Review.
Frank Borosss insight:

The minimum wage will increase by $13 a week, affecting the pay  of more than 2.2 million Australians. 
The Fair Work Commission has ordered the wage increase be phased in across different sectors.


The first wave will come into effect on July 1 for workers in industries that have not been as hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic — such as healthcare, education, childcare and other essential services.


The second round of increases will begin in November, and the final stage commenced in February next year, when workers in tourism, hospitality and retail will benefit.

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The electricity market is about to turn upside down – in a good way

The electricity market is about to turn upside down – in a good way | Facility management | Scoop.it
On 31 August 2018, three public advocacy groups wrote to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) asking it to change the rules governing how the Australian electricity market works. Their request? Allow consumers to be paid for electricity they avoid using.
Frank Borosss insight:

Opportunities for Building Managers to Further Reduce Energy Costs


Demand Response (DR) is the term used for the reduction or changing of an electricity demand profile. Examples in facilities management of DR include adjusting temperature setpoints for airconditioning systems, rescheduling the operation of plant and equipment to move load away from peak periods, and the charging and discharging of batteries.


DR is mostly used to keep peak demand below a maximum level and, increasingly, DR is also being used to ensure networks have sufficient load during times when renewable energy generation exceeds network demand.


Up until recent developments in the energy industry for facilities management, energy efficiency and demand response were considered different factors, each with unique benefits. Energy efficiency used to be about reducing consumption, reducing costs and reducing emissions. DR was all about “optimising infrastructure use and avoiding network disruptions and penalty charges.”  Now with these changes to the electricity market there is great opportunity for building managers to cut energy costs and help the move towards a zero-carbon electricity grid by relying on and using crucial building information system data on energy demand. Is your building management company ready to save thousands of dollars using innovative DR strategies?

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Local Firms Lead on City Tatts Club Shortlist

Local Firms Lead on City Tatts Club Shortlist | Facility management | Scoop.it

ICD has unveiled a largely local architecture shortlist for its multi-million-dollar skyscraper redevelopment above the City Tattersalls Club”

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Six architecture firms have been selected to compete to design a 49-story apartment and hotel tower above the City Tattersalls Club on Pitt Street in Sydney’s CBD. The competitors for the design of the  historic 125-year-old building include five Australian practices – Hassell, Bates Smart, SJB, BVN and Candalepas Associates – and an an international practice DP Architects working in collaboration with Scott Carver Architects. The redevelopment of the City Tattersalls Club will include the restoration and renewal of the historic building as well as the construction of the new tower. In around five weeks, design schemes will be presented to a six-member jury who will select the winning scheme.

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Submission: $4.5B Housing and Construction Stimulus Pack Core to Economic Revival

Submission: $4.5B Housing and Construction Stimulus Pack Core to Economic Revival | Facility management | Scoop.it
A $4.5B housing stimulus fund that prompts homebuyers back into the market and a surge of housing and infrastructure construction serves as the centrepiece of our new plan to support the industry and Australia’s economic revival.
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A Post Covid Recovery Plan


 


UDIA have launched an economic revival plan to stimulate economic growth, jobs and wages by boosting housing construction following the economic effects of COVID-19.


The plan positions the construction industry as key to super-charging the nation’s economic recovery and outlines a series of immediate steps for federal and state governments to take.

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Hostile architecture is turning our cities against us | Indesignlive

Hostile architecture is turning our cities against us | Indesignlive | Facility management | Scoop.it
Ever get the feeling that you’re not welcome in your own town? That’s not an accident.
Frank Borosss insight:

Despite hostile architecture trends there are ways for strata communities to take the lessons of hostile architecture to do the opposite: amend the built environment in positive ways to encourage good behaviour. 


An example within strata is a building in Melbourne that has a resident rubber duck, named “Quackers” that supervises the car park. There is a sign next to him that explains that he is there to keep everyone safe and ensure no one parks in someone else’s space.  


Another example of the power of positive action is the “Oakland Buddha. In Oakland California a man was so tired of crime and rubbish being dumped on a corner in front of his house that he installed a Buddha figure feeling it would be a neutral symbol that would deter bad behaviour. The effect the Budda had was more than anyone could have expected.  Not only did the crime rate reduce and rubbish dumping stop, over time the local Vietnamese community turned the area into a shrine.” Source: Alex Smale https://cbdnews.com.au/curbing-bad-behaviour-with-positive-architecture/

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