archimania in the news

May 5th, 2016 Comments Off on archimania in the news

archimania's Hattiloo Theatre received an Award of Excellence at AIA Tennessee's 2015 Design Awards (photo via archimania.com)

archimania’s Hattiloo Theatre near Overton Square in Memphis, Tenn., is among six designs being considered for the World Architecture News (WAN) Award as the best international architecture for performing arts. (photo via archimania.com)

archimania, a Memphis firm led by MSU S|ARC graduate Todd Walker, has been in the news a lot recently.

At the AIA Memphis Gala, the firm won nine out of 11 awards. Last year, the firm took half of the awards. Read more about last year’s event here.

They also have two of six designs being considered for the World Architecture News (WAN) Award as the best international architecture for performing arts. Read the story at world architecture news.com and The Commercial Appeal.

A design plan by archimania was recently selected for the Ballet Memphis’s headquarters. Read the story via The Commercial Appeal.

Way to go, archimania!

School of Architecture holds final reviews

May 5th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds final reviews

Final Reviews for the School of Architecture were held in Giles Hall recently.

First-Year Studio —  Foundation studio


Second-Year Studio —  Foundation studio @ Columbus Lock and Dam site


Third-Year Studio: Collaborative Studio w/ Building Construction Science


Fourth-Year Studio — Black Box Theatre in Memphis


Fifth-Year Studio — Comprehensive Individual projects (Jackson Urban)


Architecture students honored at undergraduate research symposium

April 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Architecture students honored at undergraduate research symposium


(photos by Alexis Gregory)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Nearly two dozen students recently were recognized at Mississippi State for successful faculty-guided research efforts during the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the university’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College.

Projects submitted for the annual competition were assigned to one of four categories, including arts and humanities, biological sciences and engineering, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences. In recognition of the university’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, a community engagement and service learning track also was included for the fourth year.

A team of 42 campus faculty members representing a cross-section of academic areas served as judges for the competition.

Residents of Mississippi, Cameroon, Canada, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, this year’s winners include (by project type and category):

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

ARTS AND HUMANITIES:

FIRST—Emily E. Turner of Starkville, a junior architecture major advised by Alexis Gregory, assistant professor of architecture.

SECOND—Olivier Peloquin of Canada, a freshman history major advised by Anne Marshall, associate professor of history.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING, SESSION I:

FIRST—Ruth E. Fowler of Madison, a senior physics major advised by Todd Mlsna, associate professor of chemistry.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING, SESSION II:

FIRST—Malcolm E. Brooks of Pensacola, Florida, a senior food science, nutrition and health promotion major advised by Tae Jo Kim, assistant research professor in the food science, nutrition and health promotion department.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING, SESSION III:

FIRST—Kellie A. Mitchell of Chelsea, Alabama, a senior biochemistry/pre-medicine major advised by Yuhua Farnell, assistant professor in the biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology department.

PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING:

FIRST—Eric W. Stallcup of Huntsville, Alabama, a senior aerospace engineering/astronautics major advised by Keith Koenig, professor of aerospace engineering.

VISUAL DISPLAYS

ARTS AND HUMANITIES:

FIRST—Fleshia D. Gillon of Amory, a junior human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major advised by Charles Freeman, assistant professor of human sciences; Todd French, associate professor of chemical engineering; Jason Ward, assistant extension professor in the agricultural and biological engineering department; and Stephen Meyers, assistant extension professor at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center.

SECOND—Michael G. Reinert of Raleigh, North Carolina, a senior human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major advised by Charles Freeman, assistant professor of human sciences.

THIRD—Lauren L. Peterson of Terrell, Texas, a sophomore biochemistry major advised by Lori Neuenfeldt, art instructor and coordinator of the art department’s gallery and outreach programs.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING:

FIRST—Jackson B. Coole of Picayune, a sophomore biological engineering major advised by James A. Stewart Jr., assistant professor of biological sciences.

SECOND—Daniel M. McClung of Brandon, a biological engineering major advised by Janet Donaldson, associate professor of biological sciences.

THIRD—Jaslyn B. Langford of Calhoun City, a senior biological sciences/pre-medicine and microbiology double-major advised by James A. Stewart Jr., assistant professor of biological sciences.

PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING:

FIRST—Igor Kevin Mkam Tsengam of Cameroon, a senior chemical engineering major advised by Santanu Kundu, assistant professor of chemical engineering.

SECOND—Tu “Tom” Zhang of Starkville, a junior mechanical engineering major advised by Nima Shamsaei, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

THIRD—Nicholas A. Ezzell of Laurel, a junior physics major advised by Nick Fitzkee, assistant professor of chemistry.

SOCIAL SCIENCES:

FIRST—Meredith D. Pearson of Starkville, a senior psychology major advised by Michael Nadorff, assistant professor of psychology.

SECOND—Seth A. Thomas of Brentwood, Tennessee, a sophomore psychology major advised by Jarrod Moss, associate professor of psychology.

THIRD—Audrey B. Sanderson of Birmingham, Alabama, a senior elementary education major advised by Kathleen Alley, assistant professor in the curriculum, instruction and special education department.

HONORABLE MENTION—Anna C. Wooten of Florence, a junior human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major advised by JuYoung Lee, assistant professor of human sciences.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SERVICE LEARNING:

FIRST—Audrey B. Sanderson of Birmingham, Alabama, a senior elementary education major advised by Kathleen Alley, assistant professor in the curriculum, instruction and special education department.

SECOND—Anna K. Barr of Madison, Alabama, a senior architecture major advised by Alexis Gregory, assistant professor of architecture.

THIRD—Christine M. Dunn of Niceville, Florida, a senior secondary education/English education major advised by Judith Ridner, associate professor of history.

Featured speaker for the symposium was Erdogan Memili, associate professor in the animal and dairy sciences department, specializing in reproduction and development and functional genomics.

In addition to the honors college, the symposium is sponsored by the offices of the Provost and Executive President, and Research and Economic Development, along with the Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence, MSU Extension Service, National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Learn more about the Shackouls Honors College at www.honors.msstate.edu and twitter.com/ShackoulsHonors.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Download the program to read the students’ abstracts.

Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum project featured on ASLA blog

April 21st, 2016 Comments Off on Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum project featured on ASLA blog

Pavilion and Rain Gardens at Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum - Architecture and Landscape Architecture design-build collaboration (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Pavilion and Rain Gardens at Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum – Architecture and Landscape Architecture design-build collaboration
(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Via thefield.asla.org

The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum was founded in 1976 in Starkville, just a half-mile from both the historic downtown area and Mississippi State University and works to preserve, publicize and educate the public about the rich history of the region. The building itself is housed in a renovated railroad depot first built in 1874, but renovations initiated in 2009, by the Departments of Landscape Architecture and School of Architecture at Mississippi State University, sought to make the museum a demonstration case to the alternative water management and habitat creation practices being implemented around the country to incorporate green infrastructure into the urban setting.

When the “Rain Garden” project was finished in spring 2013, a green roof pavilion, cistern, and infiltration areas had been installed on the 0.5-acre site to retain and clean rainwater. The purpose of this report is to document the ways in which the Rain Garden project has benefited the Oktibbeha Heritage Museum and the surrounding areas, a measurement termed Landscape Performance. Four distinct benefits have been explored: environmental, social, economic and educational. These benefits were compared before and after the Rain Garden installation.

The Oktibbeha Heritage Museum is centrally located around apartment housing, shopping centers and the largest open green space in town, the city cemetery. One block over lies the western edge of the internationally-recognized, new-urbanist, mixed-use Cotton District. The museum building itself is a 5,000 square-foot structure, whereas the exterior, prior to the design installation, was primarily used as a concrete parking lot with minimal foundation plantings and no exterior amenities for public use.

Continue reading the full article here.

The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum pavilion, rain gardens and the faculty involved have received a combined total of eight national and regional awards for teaching, collaborative practice and design. Most recently, the SuperUse Pavilion was recognized by the American Institute of Architects, Mississippi Chapter, with one of only two chapter Honor Awards granted in 2015.

WOW Atelier partners visit MSU for Harrison Lecture Series

April 20th, 2016 Comments Off on WOW Atelier partners visit MSU for Harrison Lecture Series


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Architect Gregory Walker and artist Benjamin Wiemeyer, two of the partners in the Salt Lake City, Utah-based design firm WOW Atelier, visited Mississippi State University last week for events made possible by the Harrison Lecture Series.


The School of Architecture (coordinated by Assistant Professor Jacob Gines) partnered with Wiemeyer and the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District to paint a graffiti-style mural on one of the walls in the Armstrong Middle School Gymnasium. Wiemeyer, who arrived in Starkville on April 4 unveiled his latest work with a public ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday [April 14].


Wiemeyer presented “Changing the Face of the World with Mural Painting” to art students mid-day on Friday, and the partners finished their visit with a 4 p.m. Harrison Lecture in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

(photos by Marissa Landon)

Harrison lecturers to leave lasting impression

April 13th, 2016 Comments Off on Harrison lecturers to leave lasting impression

Walker

Walker

By Zack Plair | Mississippi State University

The upcoming speakers for the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Harrison Lecture Series plan to leave a permanent impression of their visit to Starkville.

Architect Gregory Walker and artist Benjamin Wiemeyer, two of the partners in the Salt Lake City, Utah-based design firm WOW Atelier, will speak about their burgeoning young business at 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Harrison Auditorium at Giles Hall. Wiemeyer also will lecture to MSU architecture, art and design students throughout Friday on “Changing the Face of the World with Mural Painting.” (11 a.m. in Stafford 200)

Beyond that, MSU has partnered with Wiemeyer and the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District to paint a graffiti-style mural on one of the walls in the Armstrong Middle School Gymnasium. Wiemeyer, who arrived in Starkville on April 4 and has already put in dozens of hours painting the mural, will unveil his latest work with a public ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday [April 14]. He also has interacted regularly with AMS and MSU students during his visit.

Wiemeyer

Wiemeyer

“I really like to paint, and I’m kind of excited to be painting somewhere new,” Wiemeyer said. “Everyone has been super warm and super accommodating. The kids seem to be stoked.”

The annual lecture series, which features speakers throughout the year who are professionals in architecture and related fields, is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Robert V. M. Harrison.

In 2012, Walker and Wiemeyer, along with Chimso Onwuegbu, co-founded WOW Atelier, a creative studio that specializes in a variety of areas, including architecture, graffiti, branding, exhibit design and fabrication, intermedia sculpture and painting. Walker holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah and has presented his work at Parsons New School for Design, the University of Utah’s City and Metropolitan and the AIA Western Mountain Region Conference. Wiemeyer has a degree in intermedia sculpture from the University of Utah.

Jacob Gines, assistant professor for the School of Architecture, said exposing MSU students to the work of a multi-disciplinary design studio—especially one that so heavily emphasizes art—may open their minds to more unconventional applications of architecture and design. He characterized the mural, which will grace a wall that is 100 feet long by 12 feet wide, as a dynamic piece focused on metamorphosis and featuring yellow jacket hives and swarms.

“Embedded in it will be the ideas of growth and maturity; leaving the hive to go out in the world to do something important,” Gines said.

AMS Principal Timothy Bourne said having Wiemeyer on campus has enriched his students, and he called the mural a “priceless” gift students, faculty and staff can enjoy for years to come. He even joked the experience might help some of his more mischievous students redirect some of their angst through more appropriate media.

“You know there are a lot of kids at Armstrong who like to draw on the walls, but obviously not on this level,” he said. “I want them to know from this experience that this can actually be a job.”

James Cathcart gives Harrison Lecture

April 11th, 2016 Comments Off on James Cathcart gives Harrison Lecture

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James Cathcart, author of Pamphlet Architecture 25: Gravity and project director at Appelbaum Associates, presented the Harrison Lecture on Fri., April 8.

Cathcart was born in Colombia, S.C. He was trained as an architect at the University of Florida and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. For over 25 years, he has worked on museum and exhibition design at Ralph Appelbaum Associates in New York. Cathcart’s own practice focuses on architectural investigations that explore the parallels between the social, political, cultural and tectonic structures. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. He is a founding member of the icebergproject.org collaborative. His book Gravity (Pamphlet Architecture #23) was published By Princeton Press. He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Upcoming lectures include:

  • April 15, 4 p.m.
    Gregory Walker and Benjamin Wiemeyer
    Principals, Wow Atelier
  • May 6, 1 p.m., S|ARC Recognition Day
    (Dr. William and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture)
    Malcolm White
    Author, Little Stories
    Owner, Hal & Mal’s Restaurant

The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

Beaux Arts Ball set for Saturday

April 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Beaux Arts Ball set for Saturday

A past Beaux Arts Ball was held at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum (photo by Megan Bean / Mississippi State University)

A past Beaux Arts Ball was held at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum (photo by Megan Bean / Mississippi State University)

The School of Architecture and the American Institute For Architecture Students will host their annual fundraiser, Beaux Arts Ball, tomorrow night [Saturday, April 9] at 7 p.m.

The event will be held upstairs at Restaurant Tyler, and the theme is “monochrome.” Dress up in different shades of your favorite color, or even coordinate colors with a date!

There will be food, music, a cash bar and lots of dancing!

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door.

For more information, follow bab_msstate on instagram, or contact Hannah Hebinck at hh676@msstate.edu.

Baptist Town Neighborhood reinvestment project featured in Delta Business Journal

April 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Baptist Town Neighborhood reinvestment project featured in Delta Business Journal

image via deltabusinessjournal.com

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By Angela Rogalski | Delta Business Journal

Baptist Town, about a mile east of downtown Greenwood, is a community that is solidly defined by its history and the common bond of its residents. Born in the 1800s, it is one of Greenwood’s oldest African American neighborhoods and is steeped in the rich culture that is the Mississippi Delta. Honeyboy Edwards and Robert Johnson were known to frequent Baptist Town during their lifetimes and it’s written that Edwards called it “the final residence of Robert Johnson” since the legendary Blues singer spent some of his last days in and around Baptist Town.

Today the community is going through a promising re-flourishment as the Baptist Town Neighborhood Reinvestment Project, planned in 2000, is still underway. Emily Roush-Elliott, a social impact architect, has been a long-time participant in the project.

“For the last three years I was an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, which was a wonderful position with the Greenwood, Leflore, Carroll Economic Development Foundation,” Roush-Elliott says. “The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship partners early-career architectural designers with local community development organizations, where they facilitate an inclusive approach to development to create green, sustainable, and affordable communities. And even though I am no longer a Fellow, my work has actually continued. I still do about half-time, but have also had the opportunity to branch out and start my own design-build practice with my husband. So, we’re continuing the work I started as a Fellow most of the time, but also doing other projects as well.”

Roush-Elliott explains that Baptist Town history has deep roots and is very important to the city of Greenwood.

“Baptist Town is a neighborhood and not its own town at all; it’s part of Greenwood,” she explains. “We know that it’s at least 135 years old and is probably one of the first places where African Americans could own property in Mississippi after slavery ended. So, it has a really long history and is very important.”

While Baptist Town isn’t known for its economic wealth and prosperity, Roush-Elliott says it has so much more embedded within its historical core and is rich in many ways other than money.

“When newspapers write about Baptist Town it always makes me cringe, because invariably someone calls it this impoverished neighborhood. And I wish that they would clarify and say economically impoverished, because it is; from a financial and wealth standpoint it struggles, but from every other value standpoint, the more important ones, such as people taking care of each other, community identity and history and culture, it’s incredibly rich. It’s a wonderful neighborhood and has been studied by a lot of different people. Robert Johnson spent time in Baptist Town; part of the movie “The Help” was filmed there, so there’s a lot of tourism attractions to the community, which sometimes is a negative thing.”

In 2000, students from the Carl Small Town Center, which is a community design center out of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, came over to Baptist Town and worked with the community and did architectural planning studies to determine the primary needs and goals of the neighborhood and come up with solutions.

“That was the beginning of the relationship between the Mississippi State University School of Architecture and the Carl Small Town Center and the Economic Development Foundation here in Greenwood,” Roush-Elliott says. “So years later, they partnered again and students came back and re-studied the neighborhood and created a masterplan with the community; they really specialize in listening and having community engagement sessions.”

The community had some top priorities for Baptist Town, such as rehabbed and new housing; a community center; safer and better-looking entryways; a playground and parks. And all of these things became part of the masterplan.

“The Carl Small Town Center got together with the Greenwood, Leflore, Carroll Economic Development Foundation and applied to Enterprise Community Partners for an Enterprise Rose Fellow and they were awarded that fellow,” she says. “My husband and I had been working on rural development in Tanzania and we were looking to come back to the States and apply the things that we’d learned over there. So, when this opened up, we applied and we got it and we’ve been really working and focusing on Baptist Town since 2013.”

It was a three-year fellowship and with some funding that was already in place, Roush-Elliott, along with the Greenwood partners, was able to accomplish almost the entire masterplan that had been laid out years earlier.

“Five homes were rehabbed and we’re working on a couple of more now,” she says. “We did 11 new affordable homes and sold them to families who lived in the neighborhood for a cost that fit within their budgets. We purchased a building and rehabbed it for a community center that is open. It offers job training now and will offer other things in the future. We did street lights, sidewalks and signage, and landscaping at all of the entryways. We built two parks and one of them includes a playground.”

Roush-Elliott says those are the tangible things the project has been able to accomplish, but more than that are the relationships that have formed between the city and the people who live in Baptist Town.

“We’re most proud of the changes in people’s lives that we’ve seen,” she adds, “the things that the residents have been able to accomplish all on their own. The homeowners who are all first-time buyers, mostly people a little older in age who have never been able to own their own home before, are now doing it and it’s great. And none of it was gifted; they’re buying their homes. Whatever we invested to develop the home is what the mortgage became.”

John Poros was a teacher at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture and part of the original team that began the planning stages of the project in 2000. Today, Poros is the director of the Carl Small Town Center and is still involved with the ongoing improvements.

“The project got started with Fred Carl of Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood,” Poros says. “And Fred brought us (The Mississippi State School of Architecture) to the neighborhood back then and we had an architectural design studio that looked at the neighborhood then and the Carl Small Town Center gave a report on the project, but unfortunately at that time, we couldn’t get any traction with the project.”

Poros says a few years later, when all of the current partners got involved, they began to see the project move forward.

“The masterplan that we came up with actually won a National American Planning Association Award and once that happened we were able to get funding from the Foundation for the Mid- South, which was about $300,000. Then we were able to move forward and start the work in the neighborhood. That’s when I knew that we had to get Emily Roush-Elliott involved, and on behalf of the Carl Small Town Center, I applied for the Enterprise Rose Fellowship.”

Poros said the Center’s involvement with the project is still strong. “We at the Carl Small Town Center have been working with Emily over the past three years, during her Fellowship to help. Right now, we’re partnering with her to get smaller projects done in the neighborhood by bringing students or faculty members in to help. It’s been an incredible experience and really what you love to see if you’re doing community design. When you can really affect people’s lives and see those results, such as the first-time homeowners; it’s great.”

Alice Leflore is a Baptist Town resident and has been for most of her life. She’s also chair of the management board for the Baptist Town Community Development Center.

“Baptist Town is my home and I have lived there for the majority of my life,” Leflore says. “All of us who live there have always wanted to see our neighborhood improved and revived. It’s our home and we knew what it had once been before the deterioration begun in the late 90s and early 2000s. So, I wanted the neighborhood to be improved and to have the same pride, if not more, than it once had.”

Leflore welcomes the changes that she has seen since the project began and hopes that the progress continues.

“One of the things that I love is the fact that for most of the people in the homes, this is the first time they have ever owned their own home,” Leflore says. “And it’s a really wonderful thing for them. Unfortunately, we have had three people to pass away since they moved into their own home, but I am thankful that they died owning that home that they never thought they would. And I’m happy that we’re on our way to accomplishing the things that we set out to accomplish. We are non-profit now at the Center, so we can go after more programs to assist people and get more things started. So, we are moving forward.”

National design competition honors another MSU architecture major

March 31st, 2016 Comments Off on National design competition honors another MSU architecture major

Rashida L. “Mo” Momoh (Photo by Russ Houston)

Rashida L. “Mo” Momoh (Photo by Russ Houston)

A senior West Tennessee architecture major at Mississippi State is continuing the university’s winning tradition in a national urban design competition.

Rashidat L. “Mo” Momoh of Memphis finished second in the recent eighth annual Gensler Diversity Scholarship Competition. She is a 2012 graduate of Arlington High School.

Gensler is an international architecture, design and planning firm of more than 5,000 professionals working throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Over the past 16 years, it has provided more than $200,000 in academic awards to students and graduates.

The annual design competition is open to African-American students at all U.S. not-for-profit educational institutions. Entrants must be entering their final year in academic programs that hold National Architectural Accrediting Board certification.

Momoh is the third MSU architecture major to win a top Gensler award in as many years. Larry Travis Jr. of Tougaloo won first place in 2014, while Aryn S. Phillips of Olive Branch finished in second place last year.

“We’ve had a long history with Gensler, so it’s always been in the back of my brain to apply,” Momoh said.

Her competition entry was a project completed earlier in an MSU School of Architecture studio course taught by assistant professor Jacob Gines. Set in New York City’s Manhattan borough and situated near Central Park, it involved the design of a mid-rise building to be constructed primarily of wood.

“The project really challenged me to think about tectonics in a more detailed way than I had the opportunity to in previous semesters,” Momoh explained. A video of her entry may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/158229121.

Since all final projects had to be hand-drawn, student designers were required to be more conscientious about composition. “That gave us the opportunity to understand the building at a deeper level than working on a computer would have,” Momoh said.

In addition to a scholarship, she has been offered a paid summer internship with Gensler’s Boston office.

In noting that Boston was her top internship choice, Momoh expressed appreciation to Gensler officials for the honors. The internship “aligns with how I approach architecture in terms of design and what I want to do to help people in the community,” she emphasized.

Looking to the future, she expressed hope that the Boston experience will help greatly enhance her career opportunities. “I’m going to gain so much knowledge about the architecture practice, as well as design for a community,” she said.

To help further expand her marketable skills, Momoh also is pursuing an overseas cooperative education experience that would precede her required fifth and final year of School of Architecture study in Jackson.

For more information about the Gensler Diversity Scholarship, visit www.gensler.com/scholarships.

See the story at msstate.edu.

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