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M O T I V A T I O N

L E T T E R

I firmly believe that the greatest outcomes in architecture can be obtained in a multidisciplinary environment, in which the designer draws inspiration, information, knowledge and experience by a collective and actively shared source. That is the main reason I am motivated to apply for the MSc programme, as its core values support the multidisciplinary approach of training. Studying at TU Delft has been a major aspiration of mine since the beginning of my academic years as a student, as the University holds a great reputation amongst both students and in the professional world. The specialization I find most captivating is Architecture. Actually, I consider architecture as a very powerful and influential tool – not necessarily to directly change the socio-economic landscape, but to facilitate the impact society longs for. Treading on uncharted paths is something seemingly uncomfortable, but in my conviction, the willingness to step into the unfamiliar can only produce constructive results – after all, experiments lead to new discoveries. In my final thesis at TU Delft I would probably engage in one of the following themes. Firstly, since crises around the world have yet to be resolved and steps towards their complex solutions are taken at a slow pace, humanitarian architecture is still very relevant. Moreover, as the environmental distress caused in the planet is almost irreversible, exploring new design concepts for floating structures to not divert water, but to integrate it in the process seem very appealing to me. Lastly, I am intrigued by the idea of exploring materiality and new ways to reuse waste collected in landfills. Researching new methods of taking advantage of something seemingly useless and uncovering its potential, fascinate me. My interest in the social and humanitarian aspect of architecture peaked in my final student years and led me to the development of my final thesis entitled “Floating Canopies: a Humanitarian Approach in lake Volta, Ghana”. Throughout the design process I realized how much I was fascinated by the idea of creating something out of near-to-nothing, employing sustainability and low cost strategies as well as being in a constant dialogue with the local landscape. In my conviction, architecture is where the union of society, realism, poetics and aesthetics takes spatial form. I consider that the programme offered at TU Delft corresponds fully to my ideals, interests and objectives and studying in a University of this caliber would provide me with the necessary foundations to realize my true potentials to the fullest capacity.

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T A B L E

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C O N T E N T S

PROJECT RECOGNITION @ via egnatia: design synergies in the urban context BY S T U D I O ’ S F A C U L T Y

3RD PLACE @ ATA2019 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION BY A R C H I S T A R T . C O M

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PARASIGHT:

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FR/AUGMENT:

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URBAN SPINE:

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THE LIQUID BRIDGE:

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FLOATING CANOPIES:

an expiremental office building for axel springer

a shadow machine

a detour in the urban blocks of thessaloniki

the new slussen

a humanitariant approach in lake volta, ghana


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THE PARASIGHT: an experimental office building for axel springer

subject in diploma:

09EM16: Insights:international competition. Office Building academic, office building collaborators: 2 member group project role in the process: designer, researcher, group director, model maker contribution: concept, drawings [all plans, all sections], all renders, all physical models location: Berlin, Germany semester: 9th semester / 5th year year of completion: February 2016 supervisors: Sakellaridou Irena - irenasak@auth.gr

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The subject of the studio was the international competition for the new Axel Springer Media Campus in Berlin, that took place in 2014. The project tried to answer the following questions: How can a building become responsive, porous and penetrated by the public? How can the obsolete design formats for the standard working environment be left behind? What are the spatial relations necessary for this new formula to work? The concept was simple: a distinct division of users: the employees and the public. That juxtaposition translates to the fluid “feminine” form living in the heart of the building intended for public use and activities, and the clean structure of the rest of the office building, intended for the employees. The critical areas are those in which the public and the staff meet: the fluid form comes in touch with the office building and in there, important programmatic scenarios that mix the users together take place. In nature, often within a body can live another living organism. For that reason, the project was named “Parasight”.

para/sight [parasite + sight]

bird’s eye view masterplan © R. E. Giannoudi, S.Passia +


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LOCATION ANALYSIS

concept

CONCEPT c o n t e x t formation

urban block

berliner block

dynamic form

organic atrium

functional void

formation + boundary

negative space

building mass [trans]formation map legend

journalism schools hotels galleries

vertical + horizontal atrium

Berlin Wall trail site’s location

general location analysis

p a r a s i g h t materiality + experiments with physical models

© R. E. Giannoudi, S.Passia

compact mass

slender slabs

mesh netting

fluid membrane

programmatic scenarios cafe media workshop map legend

slab connection

media workshop exhibition

slab connection

art workshop exhibition

public area in front of Axel Springer HQ frontal facades of urban blocks Axel Springer Straße proposed public area proposed frontal facade

site analysis

© R. E. Giannoudi

shops o ffi c e bu i l di ng

concept diagrams © R. E. Giannoudi, S.Passia +

par asi gh t


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floor plan: level 4 © R. E. Giannoudi

section 1 - 1’ © R. E. Giannoudi

floor plan: level 6 © R. E. Giannoudi

floor plan: level 6 © R. E. Giannoudi

office staff public users

section 2 - 2’ © R. E. Giannoudi +


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exterior render © R. E. Giannoudi

interior renders © R. E. Giannoudi

physical model photos © R. E. Giannoudi +


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THE FR/AUGMENT: a shadow machine

subject in diploma:

08EM11: Insights: Architectural Design and Digital Technologies academic, mixed use building collaborators: individual project location: Thessaloniki, Greece semester: 8th semester / 5th year year of completion: June 2016 supervisors: Papadimitriou I. Spiros - sip@arch.auth.gr, Kontaxakis Dimitris - dkontaxa@arch.auth.gr

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This academic project asked for an intervention on the façade of a vacant building husk, located on Tsimiski Street in Thessaloniki’s central zone. During the studio facades from various architectural case studies were examined, and through that process students created parametric mechanisms to fabricate new facades to be applied on the building husk of Tsimiski Street. The location holds great significance for the area, as Tsimiski Street is one of the most heavily visited streets in the city and is a major shopping district during the day, as well as an nighttime recreational destination. The project proposes a new fragmented facade that takes advantage of the site’s location and features and creates an “embossed” texture that produces a 3d light effect on an otherwise flat and uninteresting total of façades on the surrounding building blocks. The main objective was to create a mechanism that fabricates the shadows within the building itself - the inner imprint of the façade. To improve on the light entering the building – to augment it. For that reason it is named “The Fr/augment” f r / a u g m e n t [fragment + augment ] fragment: shard, piece, chip augment: amplify, improve, heighten

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location analysis

parametric mechanism

studio’s case study: Dominus Winery, Herzog & De Meuron objective A: create an algorithm to “read” the facade

centers edges

objective B: use algorithm to fabricade new facade

research

site analysis

experiments with modular facade focal points

alternation of character: activation of different areas during the daytime & nightime opportunity to embrace the area’s unique qualities very central and nodal point for the urban life bland and uninteresting façades in proximity / no particular architectural identity in the area

objectives

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concept

current state

trade services recreation schools museums churches daytime users nighttime users

map legend

unique formula: vast variety of mixed programs

exhibition space start-up offices dance studio cafe / bar

building husk photos

programmatic scenarios

study of sun exposure on the buidling to base the dimensions and density of the new facade west façade south front

west front

north front

south façade

east façade

sun exposure mapping diagram +

north façade

maximum sun exposure minimum sun exposure


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floor plan levels 1-3: start up offices

section 1-1’

floor plan detail

section detail

south façade: Tsimiski Street

construction detail +


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renders: exterior street view, interior office, interior dancing school

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physical model photos


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URBAN SPINE: a detour in the urban blocks of thessaloniki

subject in diploma:

06EA10: Design Studio 4 academic, urban design collaborators: 3 member group project role: designer, researcher, group director contribution: concept, all diagrams, drawings [3d masterplan], all axonometrics location: Thessaloniki, Greece semester: 6th semester / 3rd year year of completion: June 2015 supervisors: Athanasiou Evangelia - evieath@arch.auth.gr Christodoulou Charis - christodoulou@arch.auth.gr type:

PROJECT RECOGNITION @ VIA EGNATIA: DESIGN SYNERGIES IN THE URBAN CONTEXT [exhibition at conference]

B Y T H E S T U D I O ’ S F A C U LT Y

This academic project takes place in the area of the most historical and important axis of Thessaloniki, the “Egnatia Street”. The objective was to locate the defficiencies of the area as well as to realize the true potential of the abundant inactive and unexploited elements of the local urban reality. Utilizing those inactive elements, new pockets of public space are created in the third dimension - having a massive impact on the urban life of the area without making immence alterations on the urban landscape. It proposes a new route on the ground level passing through arcades and penetrating the urban blocks, the conversion of blind side façades into vertical gardens and vertical activity spaces [graffiti walls, climbing walls and more], as well as a new network of routes and public event areas on an upper level with the creation of air bridges, connecting the inactive terraces of the area’s buildings with the same height. It is all about utilizing the inactive.

axonometric masterplan © R. E. Giannoudi +


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current state © R. E. Giannoudi Egnatia Street

location analysis © R. E. Giannoudi site analysis map legend

objectives

focal points

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concept

inactive “blind” side façades

transfer of public space to the 3rd dimension

inactive inward spaces within each building block

utilization of vacant buildings and “blind” facades

vacant ground floors green spaces

large number of arcades penetrating the urban blocks

addition of “pockets” of activity spaces

vacant ground floors and buildings due to financial crisis

utilization of excisting arcades and formation of new

inward spaces

lack of sufficient public and green spaces

creation of a new network of routes for the pedestrians

area of proposal vacant buildings

direction/formation of route © R. E. Giannoudi

scribbing of route’s shape

© R. E. Giannoudi

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bike station

sports ground

exhibition space

music space

cafe

theater

public library

pocket garden

cinema

workshop

youth hostel

homeless shelter

exploded diagram of programmatic scenarios © R. E. Giannoudi


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1. arcade of sight

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3 A

B

2. arcade of scent

ground level plan © R. E. Giannoudi, D.Gravani, E.Tsaprali

2’

3. arcade of touch 1’

upper level plan © R. E. Giannoudi, D.Gravani, E.Tsaprali

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4. arcade of hearing axonometrics: arcades of the “senses” through the spine © R. E. Giannoudi


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1’. view towards the upper bridge network

Α. open plazza - urban spine, vertical gardens & graffiti walls

2’. rooftop theater & green pocket spaces axonometrics: upper route © R. E. Giannoudi

Β. close plazza - urban spine, 3d public space & activities renders: 2 points of expansion/plazas, 3d public space © R. E. Giannoudi, D.Gravani, E. Tsaprali +


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THE LIQUID BRIDGE: the new slussen

subject in diploma:

09EX13: Specializations, Insights, Experimentations: Interfaces: The Constitution of Transition type: academic, bridge design collaborators: 3 member group project role: designer, researcher, group director, model maker contribution: concept, diagrams , drawings [all sections], axonometric/render location: Stockholm, Sweden semester: 9th semester / 5th year year of completion: February 2016 supervisors: Ioannidis Konstantinos - kioannidis@arch.auth.gr

The project takes place in the area of Slussen in Stockholm, where there is an urgent need to replace the water and transport infrastructure as well as to create a new pedestrian and bicyclist bridge. The main goal was to solve, with its own geometry the problem of transition as well as to offer a variety of experiences and sensory stimuli with the scuptural qualities of the bridge. The bridge creates a diversity of spatial ambience to the user: from a dramatic tunnel reminiscent route, to an open air observatory overlooking the area, offering a unique panorama of the city. The fluid form of the bridge with its hollow spaces provides a number of activities, such as a permanent exhibition of contemporary art supported by the City Museum that resides in the area, a loft right above the exhibition with free wifi spots and a seating area, a cafĂŠ below the peak of the observatory and an open air plaza.

It is all about combining the practical purpose of a bridge with a range of spatial poetics.

masterplan Š R. E. Giannoudi, D. Gravani, E. Tsaprali +


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LOCATION ANALYSIS

CONCEPT

MATERIALITY

panoramic view direct rou

te

circulation

public’s concentrarion public activities

observatory

plaza

programmatic scenarios site analysis © R. E. Giannoudi

train tracks map legend

concept diagrams © R. E. Giannoudi

main roads art gallery City Museum section detail © R. E. Giannoudi, D. Gravani, E. Tsaprali

focal points

objectives

details

crucial link between Stockholm’s central islands

fluid shape: dramatic + minimal approach

great potential to become a new urban destination

variety of programmatic scenarios

proximity to the City Museum

variety of spatial qualities [closeness + openness]

free uninterupted surface of water

timber structure - swedish architectural tradition

suitable context for contemporary architecture

sculpture appearing to be “floating midair”

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The main material used is timber - a familiar texture with a long tradition for the architectural vocabulary and culture of Sweden. The bridge is contoured vertically, with some of its contours being glass – allowing natural light into the tunnel. The glass contours multiply towards both ends, giving the impression of the bridge floating midair. The entire structure is supported on multiple slender pillars, suggesting the bridge is an art piece that is exhibited on and framed by an aquatic backdrop.


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1 - 1’

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3’

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4’ 5’

6

2 - 2’

3 - 3’: cafe & bike station

6’

4 - 4’

5 - 5’

plan © R. E. Giannoudi, D. Gravani, E. Tsaprali

6 - 6: exhibition & loft with wifi seating area

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consecutive cross sections © R. E. Giannoudi


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longitudinal section Š R. E. Giannoudi

axonometric masterplan Š R. E. Giannoudi

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FLOATING CANOPIES: a humanitarian approach in lake volta, ghana

subject in diploma:

Diploma Design Theses academic, design thesis collaborators: individual project location: Lake Volta Region, Ghana semester: 10th semester / 5th year year of completion: September 2018 supervisors: Sakellaridou Irena - irenasak@auth.gr Ioannidis Konstantinos - kioannidis@arch.auth.gr

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3RD PLACE @ ATA2019 [architecture thesis awards] international competition

BY ARCHISTART

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3.

The subject of this thesis was a floating modular system that can accommodate a number of functions and is applied in areas that are affected by a humanitarian crisis - in this case at lake Volta, in Ghana. One of the objectives was to create a network of clusters along the lake’s coastline, that can host various programmatic scenarios to support the communities living in proximity to the areas. Additionally an important directional design axis was to create “mobile” floating architecture that can be detached and moved to other locations in case of an emergency.

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The project’s focal points were the resiliency and flexibility, the attention to the local materiality and the vernacular architectural vocabulary, the community participation, the social impact and the long term regional development. It is all about combining the vernacular with the contemporary.

masterplan: 1. hospital, 2. school, 3. marketplace, 4. temporary lodging +


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INITIAL DECISIONS hospital

CONTEXT?

pilot project in

PERMANENT CRISIS

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school

plethora of NEEDS & POSSIBLE USES

AFRICA

marketplace

EMERGENCY

CLUSTERS OF FUNCTIONS

temporary lodging

ground network ?

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NETWORK OF FUNCTIONS

lack of roads

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perma

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permanent

local technology & materials involvement of the community local references & features

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significance for the area landmark qualities

ephemeral

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global

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water used for transportation

local

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in case of an emergency

populations

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pilot project plan of expansion to other areas +

architecture

to other coastal locations in need

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coastal areas

MOBILE

that can be detached and moved

aquatic network ?

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floating

minimal infrastructure

temporary & ever changing flexibility , extension , repetition ability to be detached & moved


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LOCATION ANALYSIS

METHODOLOGY + STRATEGIES

modular systems flexibility + repetition adaptation

local typology vernacular vocabulary local references

materiality local timber woven surfaces

MAPPING OF THE COASTAL AREA map legend

focal points

national capital regional capital small towns villages main roads secondary roads aquatic network routes hubs / ports / network knots villages connected to hub distance between village & hub [<40km]

Lake Volta was chosen as it has a significant population living in close proximity. It is the largest artificial water reservoir in the world in terms of surface area (~7.8km2) and was created with the construction of the Akosombo dam in 1965. Ghana is located above the Equator and has a tropical climate. The coastal area of the lake was mapped out and the main points of interest such as towns, small villages and small settlements were located. Subsequently, according to the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic plan, 40 hubs / network knots / ports were stationed, that would include one or all of the proposed function so that a cluster of uses would be created. These clusters are in service of the population living approximatly up to 40km from them, so that the maximum number of people can reach them. A new network of safe and monitored aquatic roads is formed on waters that are already easily navigable and utilized for fishing, transportation and tourism, adding to the diverse usage of the lake.

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elegance of spontaneity building in situ freedom of impromptu

natural ventilation double shell roofing breathable surfaces

floating structure plastic barrel platforms, low cost solution


standardization of modules

b y

african structure typology

t h e

CONCEPT

BUILDING PROCESS

l o c a l s

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typical village hut

inverted hut geometry [170 to 210m2]

6 repeated modules

connection

repetition

standardization of platforms

typical floating form

inverted floating geometry

african village typology

upper level

lower (water) level

platforms

circulation

centrality

multiple

upper level: internal circulation

dissimilar

translation to modular grid

hexagonal grid

skewed

with centralities

lower (water) level: external circulation

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plans: 1. hospital, 2. school, 3. marketplace, 4. temporary lodging

axonometric section: 2. school +


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construction section

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4

3 beam [200x300] section

round column Φ200

stainless steel plate fastened with nails beam section

steel ring with vertical protrusions wood beams Φ20

beam section

round column Φ200

metal sphere joint

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beam [200x300]

construction details: 1: beam joints, 2: roof joints, 3: diagonal column joints, 4: round column base +

nailed metal base


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owusu Owusu is 17 years old, goes to the 10th grade at school and sells fabrics at the marketplace

usoro Usoro is 27 years old, from the village of Dambai and is buying fabrics at the marketplace

afia

Afia is 32 years old from the town of Kumasi and is selling avocados at the marketplace

osei + adu

Osei and Adu are brothers bringing the fish they caught to sell at the marketplace

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Sadia is 61 years old, from the town of Shama and teaches math and physics at the hub’s school

yaaba Yaaba is 23 years old, from the village of Dambai and brings her daughter to school every morning

kwasi Kwasi is 37 years old, from the town of Tafi and teaches history and english at the hub’s school

opoku Opoku is 8 years old, from the village of Aboso and plays ‘hide and seek’ at the school’s playground

maame

Maame is 58 years old, and is cooking lunch for the children at the school’s cafeteria

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exterior render: entire hub

exterior render: outside of the hospital

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interior render: inside a schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classroom


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physical model photos

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TU Delft Application Portfolio 2019  

Submitted Portfolio for MSc Architecture, Urbanism, Building Sciences at TU Delft, Track: Architecture, 2019 by Rafailia Eirini Giannoudi

TU Delft Application Portfolio 2019  

Submitted Portfolio for MSc Architecture, Urbanism, Building Sciences at TU Delft, Track: Architecture, 2019 by Rafailia Eirini Giannoudi

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