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Take off the sunglasses

The photographer at the African Film Festival told me, “You are not the director, producer, actor, you are a guest, take off the sunglasses.” I was clearly channeling producer/director Rob Allyn, because after all I was the guest of Sandra Washburn, the Executive Director and Producer of Pathbreakers, the award winner of the Best Short Documentary. Pathbreakers is a documentary about Oysters & Pearls, an organization working with sighted and nonsighted students in Uganda in a STEM-oriented program emphasizing robotics and video game design. As you can see sliding through the images, in response to the photographer, I tried putting the sunglasses on top of my head, but the photographer dismissively said, “Off with the shades.” The result is the third image, the portrait of a chastened me standing stoically on the red carpet. Congratulations to Sandra Washburn, Debi Lang, Director, @JacobSOdur, Tim Werner, Colorist, and many others that contributed to this important documentary. Wardrobe by: glasses—Barton Perreira; doublebreasted jacket—John Coggins, Savile Row; pocket square—Etro; trousers—Incotex; banana motif shoes—Stubbs and Wootton. *Take off the sunglasses
#AfricanFilmFestival #Pathbreakers #Oysters&Pearls #Dallas #DallasArtsDistrict #Documentary #ShortDocumentary #FilmAwards #Film #SandraWashburn #Uganda #AfricanFilm #Art #RedCarpet #Fashion #Costume #Joyspotting #downtowndallas #dallasneighborhoods


When one discovers a carved stone bench set amidst lush foliage at the end of a stone path, one wonders what is the intention of this well placed destination. Maybe a retreat for quiet meditation? Maybe a place to hear the sounds of nature? Maybe a spot to be visually immersed in shades of green? Maybe a hidden site for reflection? Maybe a thinking man’s bench for contemplation? I tend to think of this as a place for creation—a poet’s bench—for the spoken word, the unspoken word, the written word, the unapologetic sacred word. *PoetsBench
#StoneBench #Bench #PoetsBench #Garden #Contemplation #Reflection #Sacred #Word #Poet #UnspokenWord #SpokenWord #Creation #Meditation #Green #Immersed #Discover #StonePath #Design #LandscapeDesign #Architecture #Site #Dallas #UrbanNeighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #JoySpotting

Exploring Dallas

During the summer it is fun to see the holiday posts of friends’ favorite places that they return to each year and exotic places people explore for the first time. This landscape reminds me of the rich history and texture found in the urban neighborhoods of Dallas where the architecture is classic, the trees are mature, and there is an unselfconscious sense of engagement. I love homes that have a bit of a holiday vibe to them. *Exploring Dallas
#Dallas #Summer #Trellis #Arbor #Vine #Landscape #Garden #dallasneighborhoods #landscapearchitecture

Arboretum Point Terrace to Winfrey Point

Arboretum Point descends towards the water of White Rock Lake. The home on Arboretum Point, land once owned by the Dallas Arboretum, is terraced towards the lake and also towards the meadows of Winfrey Point. The advantage of a home placed on a point is that you are not looking at other homes but looking into trees and a vast amount of park that follows the undulating shoreline of the lake. Rather than traffic, the air is filled with the sounds of songbirds ready to be counted by the Audubon Society. *Arboretum Point Terrace to Winfrey Point
#ArboretumPoint #WinfreyPoint #AudubonSociety #Birds #Terrace #LandscapeDesign #PathToSMU #PathToTrinityGroves #EmeraldIsle #WhiteRockLake #Dallas #DallasNeighborhood #Tree #Balcony #Park #Lawn

Poodle Power

Many think of poodles as prissy, dyed, fluffy cut, small, precious dogs presented almost as decoration. These three proud poodles seem more like French military or highly ranked French police on high alert escorting this larger dog who seems to totally defer and rely on their keen intelligence, strength, and athleticism to navigate the streets of New York. *Poodle Power
#Poodle #Dog #NewYork #Neighborhood #Manhattan #Style #Intelligence #HighAlert

Annie Leibovitz →Hermes

My last post puts NYC back on my mind, and how life in New York evolves, celebrities change, neighborhoods are reinvented or transformed, but history keeps colliding with the past. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is a legend and a talent. Here is her early studio in the meatpacking district where, among others, she photographed, entertained, and humored Mick Jagger and turned out iconic photographs. Now Hermes has taken the space. More than any other fashion or luxury company, Hermes seems the most suitable and natural in a former Annie Leibovitz studio. It fascinates me how Hermes, a family-owned business, can create and maintain not just the quality but the history and aesthetic of their offerings. While the brand itself has huge mass appeal, the artisanship, colors, design, and architecture of their work is truly admired as art. Artist Sheila Hicks talks about how materials feel in the hand. Annie Leibovitz talks about capturing the essence of person or time. Hermes captures a distinct feel, an emotion, and an aesthetic that goes beyond commercial intoxication and creates something almost aesthetically primordial. *Annie Leibovitz →Hermes
@Hermes @New_York_Hermes #Hermes #Annie Leibovitz #NewYork #Photographer #Studio #MeatpackingDistrict #Store #Retail #HermesStore #NewYorkShop #AdaptedUse #Loft #WarehouseConversion #Architecture #Design #RetailSign #Preservation #Neighborhood #NeighborhoodShop


This is the last day at the Carlyle for the much-loved bellman, Alfredo Tavarez. Most would agree the magic of the Carlyle is more than a beautiful historic building, splendid tradition, and the perfect location on the Upper East Side. The magic of the Carlyle Hotel in New York is the staff that has been at the hotel for decades. Here one finds staff that is professional, engaging, serious, and joyful. From the doorman’s first greeting to the bellman saying hello and helping you with your luggage, to Mabrouk, the Mayor of the Gallery, one feels like they have come home even if one is an infrequent guest. On my last trip to New York, I was told the bellman Alfredo Tavarez was retiring after 21 years. Discovering he was departing, I asked him if I could have a picture taken with him that I could post on his last day at the Carlyle. I wanted to pay a personal tribute to this quiet man with a sweet engaging smile who for 21 years was always making people happy and bringing joy to their lives. I would like to join so many others with a heartfelt thank you to Alfredo Tavarez and wish him much happiness in the future. *CarlyleDeparture
#AlfredoTavarez #Bellman #CarlyleBellman #CarlyleHotel @TheCarlyleHotel #TheCarlyle #UpperEastSide #HotelLobby #NewYork #Manhattan #HotelStaff #MagicOfCarlyle #Flowers #HistoricHotel #Design #Retirement

Cool Stone – Summer Breeze

Maybe it is the moss that begins to grow on garden stones or traces of water that collects on the uneven surfaces of stone that projects a cool journey through a garden. Dappled light and layers of plant life and trees indicate there are not any large structures close by to block the breeze or collect heat on rooftops or concrete driveways. A hot summer day almost feels refreshing in a garden along a cool stone path. *Cool Stone – Summer Breeze
#StonePath #Stone #LandscapeArchitecture #LandscapeDesign #SwissAvenueHome #Dallas #Neighborhood #UrbanNeighborhood #Plants #Garden #Breeze #Summer #dallasneighborhoods

Sky + Trees = Pool

Aqua is the aquatic color of the sea, or the color reflected in the pool of the famous clear blue Dallas skies and lush green trees of the city. There is something very elegant when a lawn comes up to the side of a pool and the canopy of trees is pushed to the perimeter. This creates the perfect effect of sun and shade. If one is not at the sea during the summer, why not an older neighborhood in Dallas. Here is an example of the good life. *Sky + Trees = Pool
#FavoriteSwissAvenueHome #Landscape #LandscapeDesign #Pool #SunAndShade #DowntownNeighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #Dallas #SwissAvenue #MungerPlace #Lawn #Garden #Aqua #BlueSky #UrbanNeighborhood

SMU Heroes Honor Ben

SMU has been the launching pad for many in Dallas including these SMU heroes who gathered to honor Ben Malcolmson at an impressive well attended book signing of his dynamic, thrilling book Walk On, with a foreward by Coach Pete Carroll. Chuck Hixson was an SMU quarterback that put SMU on the map for many potential SMU students across the country. His passing records stood for almost 50 years. He continues to contribute to Dallas in a monumental way as a principal of Westdale Management that is transforming Deep Ellum. Chuck Dannis also played football at SMU and is synonymous with real estate appraisals. He just received the lifetime achievement award from the Commercial Association of Real Estate Professionals. Ken Malcolmson, a business leader, has chaired, participated, or has been president of the most important Dallas civic organization, and is past president of the SMU Alumni Association. He is also the father of Ben Malcolmson. It is fun to see a group I have admired since I was at school now convene to honor a young man I have also very much admired for many years. *SMU Heroes Honor Ben
#SMU #BookSigning #WalkOn #Hero #SMUHeroes #Dallas #Book #SummerReading #Triumph @BenMalcolmson #BenMalcolmson #ChuckHixsonSMU @ChuckDannis #ChuckDannis #KenMalcolmson @StaceyMalcolmson #HighlandPark #Hinsdale

Declining Debutante

A debutante never ages—well maybe a little—but always with grace, authority, and elegance. Virtually every shiny, new, aspirational apartment eventually suffers a rough decline. Even fashionable apartments meet their demise. The Debutante Apartments at one time were probably as stylish and glamorous as those on Gaston Avenue geared towards stewardesses, models, and young professionals, but in less than 15 years became weekly rentals and flophouses. New Urbanists,’ planners,’ and city officials’ love affair with density, apartment zoning and the short-term glamor of new apartments should always remember the Debutante. *Declining Debutante
#Debutantes #Apartment #Apartments #Density #Urbanist #NewUrbanist #ApartmentZoning #SingleFamilyZoning #Dallas #AffordableHousing #UrbanLiving #Dallas #Neighborhood #DallasNeighborhoods #DelayedGentrification #Architecture #Architect #oldeastdallas

Diverse Housing → Apartments

Dallas housing officials, urbanists, and politicians have a love affair with apartments and increased density. Their talking point is that more apartments provide more affordable housing. “More density” has become the avant-garde mantra of the housing and planning cartel. In fact, zoning that is higher than the existing housing stock already built eliminates affordable housing in the area. Overzoning in a neighborhood also eliminates diversity of housing. When the 100 block of Old East Dallas was first being considered to be rezoned from multifamily zoning to single-family zoning, the opposition did not come from the developer mayor, or even apartment owners. The opposition to single-family rezoning came from well-intentioned people including those in the Park Cities and North Dallas concerned about gentrification. Single-family zoning was also opposed by the nationally renowned Dallas city planners and liberal neighborhood advocates, saying multifamily zoning was critical for the success of mass transportation and affordable housing. This single-family rezoning was enacted and there is still a diversity of housing in place from small one-story bungalows to historic duplexes, quadplexes, and 1960s two-story garden style apartments. Just a block over from the historic districts in the single-family zoned area are new massive three- and four-story apartment complexes being built. Each new large apartment complex eliminates another modest structure that a lower-income homebuyer might purchase or even rent. They need to remember new apartments are always expensive. They always have been and always will be. *Diverse Housing → Apartments
#Gentrification #Density #DensityDestroysNeighborhoods #DensityDestroysDiverseHousing #OldEastDallas #HistoricDistrict #SingleFamilyZoning #OverZoning #Dallas #DiverseHousing #Apartments #Bungalows #OlderApartments #OlderHomes #InexpensiveHousing

East Lawther Home

Many are familiar with the several-acre estate lots on West Lawther. How many are aware of the home along East Lawther and Arboretum Point? On my thousands of bike rides around White Rock Lake, I noticed the land, the lake, the trees, the meadow, the hill, but never really noticed the home on Arboretum Point that overlooks all of this. This shot from the backyard of the Arboretum Point home is tucked back into nature. It is a home that can enjoy nature and the broad views of White Rock Lake from its gardens, porches, and interior spaces. *East Lawther Home
#EastLawther #WhiteRockLakeHome #WhiteRockLake #ArboretumPoint #Landscape #Architect #Architecture #Dallas #Neighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #EmeraldIsleDallas #WhiteRockLakePark #WinfreyPoint #UrbanLake #UrbanNature #UrbanNeighborhood #Backyard #PathToSMU #PathToTrinityGroves

Screen Porch

Summer is here! What better place to spend it in Dallas than on a screen porch enjoying the cool breezes that are further filtered by the meadows and trees that surround the lake. On a hot summer day in the city it is easy to forget you can find a wonderful cool green oasis in Dallas. The very savvy and fortunate homebuyers found a site in Dallas where they can still enjoy the city when they are not traveling in the summer. A screen porch is almost summer magic. *Screen Porch
#ScreenPorch #ScreenedPorch #WhiteRockLake #Summer #Dallas #Neighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #ArboretumPoint #EastLawther #Nature #SummerBreezes #WhiteRockLakePark #WinfreyPoint #Architect #Architecture #Design #UrbanNature #Staycation #PathToSMU #PathToTrinityGroves #DowntownNeighborhood #UrbanNeighborhood #BikePath #UrbanLake #EmeraldIsleDallas

Rolling Land to Lake

As seen from this porch, here is my favorite stretch of White Rock Lake to ride my bike. Wind is at my back, there is a slight slope in my favor, the lake is on one side and the meadow, park, and Arboretum is on the other side of the bike trail. One does not even notice this single home on Arboretum Point with balconies and porches overlooking Winfrey Point, the Park, and White Rock Lake. This White Rock Lake home is such a good example of how it is not important how much land your home is on, but what it is next to or across from. Here, the home is on a half acre but it looks across 1,000 acres of lake and park. *Rolling Land to Lake
#ArboretumPoint #WhiteRockLake #WhiteRockLakeHome #WhiteRockHome #EmeraldIsleDallas #Park #Landscape #Architecture #Design #Porch #Balcony #PathToTrinityGroves #PathToSMU #Backyard #UrbanNature #Dallas #Neighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #EastLawther

Period Photograph Before Its Time

This casual photograph taken in the early spring of 2019 is current, but the photograph already feels dated.This is not a picture taken in Cuba with its arrested political and physical development and is not a small town in the Midwest where current civilization and trends have not yet landed. This is New York. This is Manhattan. This is where North American trends originate. But still I look at the photograph and already feel 50 years in the past because we are so close to having such a different urban future. Will we have Yellow Cabs in the next few years? I don’t think so. Will there be intervals of empty streets in the late afternoon in the middle of the largest city in the country? I don’t think so. It is not the historic buildings that make this photograph look like a period image before its time. Classical architecture is a wonderful backdrop for any technology that is emerging. Archaic predetermined streetlight timers are not going to regulate the flow of air taxis, drones, mini-vehicles, autonomous transportation devices, and shared lanes of pedestrians and myriad forms of movement. Uber is planning on relocating a major part of their corporation to Dallas, also chosen as a demonstration area for their air taxis and other forms of advanced transportation. Are younger cities like Dallas more open to technology or less resistant to change than New York? Will New York regulation, unions, and urban tradition keep Yellow Cabs as the look of the future? I still don’t think so. I suggest anyone living or visiting New York enhale the street scenes of Manhattan that will seem as quaint as pictures of horses and buggies on New York streets a hundred years ago. *Period Photograph Before Its Time
#YellowCab #PeriodPhotograph #PeriodPhotographBeforeItsTime #AirTaxi #NewYork #NewYork2019 #Manhattan #CityNostalgia #Nostalgia #Dallas #Uber #PrimitiveTransportation #PrimitiveStreetTraffic #Primitive #Yesterday #FleetingLook #Urban #Urbanism #City #Streetscape #Historic #Architecture #Architect #NewYorkArchitecture #NewYorkStreet #airtaxi @uber

Neiman Marcus Inside Out

Neiman Marcus has been famous for their downtown windows originally showing off fashion of designers Stanley Marcus discovered in Europe and brought to the United States. They joined Marshall Field on Michican Avenue in Chicago and Saks Fifth Avenue to entice one to trek to the city just to look at the fashion framed by the windows of these iconic retailers. These windows were like an amuse-bouche that whet your appetite, maybe even giving one courage to go inside the store to see more. A purchase was accelerated by the foundation of aspirational desire that came from admiring the goods in the deep store windows. Now Hudson Yards turns the visual concept of retail inside out. At the Hudson Yards Neiman Marcus, the best view through a window is not on the street looking into the store front window, but from the inside of Neiman Marcus looking outside at the Vessel, a walkable sculpture by architect Thomas Heatherwick. This sculpture might have cost more than all the inventory inside Neiman Marcus. It seems to me Hudson Yards is a parenthetical experiment between the adrenalin-charged destination of a downtown Neiman Marcus and increased online shopping. Will an experiential-oriented mall ever replace a stroll down a New York street of store windows or shopping online? As retail, technology, and transporation rapidly evolve, it will be interesting to see if the trend is moving towards Hudson Yards style malls or towards a more vibrant street scene of the future. *Neiman Marcus Inside Out
#NeimanMarcus #HudsonYards #StoreWindow #StanleyMarcus #Retail #Mall #InsideOut #NewYork #Dallas #ThomasHeatherwick #Vessel #Architecture #Architect #Design #Experiential @reflectionofaman

Swiss Avenue Value

Homes on Swiss Avenue boulevard might offer the greatest combination of aesthetic attributes and value in Dallas. After many years of Swiss Avenue and the surrounding Old East Dallas neighborhoods being suspect, now a new generation of very successful young professionals and families have embraced this beautiful safe neighborhood. With historic districts on three sides of Swiss Avenue, and Lakewood shopping center and Lakewood conservation district at the end of Swiss Avenue, the Swiss Avenue historic district is now surrounded by beautiful homes and neighborhoods. Further, new residential and retail development is surging in the next layers of neighborhoods surrounding Swiss Avenue. Munger Place and Swiss Avenue is also in the heart of the restoration area, and is the origin place of all great 20th century architecture in Dallas. Before Hal Thomson and Fooshee & Cheek were designing homes in Highland Park, they were designing homes for the society families and industrialists who wanted to live on Swiss Avenue. Three miles further out from downtown Dallas an acre of land is selling for almost $2 million an acre. Swiss Avenue land closer In has even more intrinsic value. Pictured here is a perennial favorite home on Swiss Avenue. It is beautifully designed on almost an acre of land with views down the boulevard to the downtown Dallas skyline. With well over 5,000 s.f. and high ceilings, spacious open rooms, and an enormous amount of large windows, this one hundred year-old renovated home is a perfect example and exemplifies why Swiss Avenue homeowners are so excited about where they live. What other city has a neighborhood of architect-designed homes in such a lovely environment just two miles from downtown? A few blocks away, the Sante Fe Trail leads you to White Rock Lake and SMU in one direction and Deep Elm and Trinity groves in other direction. The value of a home is derived from the aesthetics, site, and neighborhood. *Swiss Avenue Value
#Dallas #SwissAvenue #SwissAvenueBlvd #SwissAvenueHistoricDistrict #HistoricDistrict #Historic #Preservation #Home #MungerPlace #OldEastDallas #Value #SantaFeTrail #Architect #Architecture #Design #HistoricHome

Classical Architecture Compels a Look

What a surprise to see what looks like a series of pen and ink drawings of classical and historical residential buildings at the Whitney Biennial. And yet, my most powerful and profound insight from the exhibition came from this series by artist Milano Chow. I realized that I loved looking at modern residences with planes of intersecting glass that allows the home to merge with nature as I look through it or around it. These modern glass façade homes are visually appealing architectural poetry. However, while I can look through these homes, I am seldom tempted to peer inside as I am so enamored with the sculptural shape and even the reflection of nature and the environment in the glass. On the other hand, impressions of historic buildings like these pen and ink drawings with double-hung windows immediately draw my attention to what might be inside. Maybe it is my inner Jimmy Stewart thinking Grace Kelly is looking over my shoulder in Rear Window, or maybe it is sexier and more provocative to show just a little bit of glass. The viewer of these drawings is rewarded when every window is reviewed and then a figure emerges in one window of each building. The person seen through the window in each drawing conveys a different personality and emotion. Art is about discovery, and this art allows me to discover and think in a new way about windows and glass.
#PenAndInk #ArchitecturalDrawing #HistoricalRendering #Art #ArtInterpretsArchitecture #Drawing #Architecture #Window #Glass #MilanoChow #WhitneyMuseum #WhitneyBiennial #WhitneyBiennial2019 #Museum #Artist #Exhibition #BiennialExhibition #BiennialArtists #NewYork

Bridging the Gap

Curran Hatleberg photographs while he travels around the country getting to know places and people. These photographs do not try to define the places and people but convey some of the detail, mystery, and magic of places we haven’t stopped to explore. I love this photograph bridging the gap between what we know and what we don’t know. And makes us curious to want to know. *Bridging the Gap
#CurranHatleberg #photography #photograph #photographer #car #Bridge #BridgingTheGap #WhitneyMuseum #WhitneyBiennial #WhitneyBiennial2019 #Design #Museum #Art #Artist #Exhibition #BiennialExhibition #BiennialArtists #NewYork

Pottery and Weaving

Craft or art? Pottery is the only craft that ranks one notch higher as art than weaving. Primitive and utilitarian, both of these art forms seemed to hit their zenith in the 1970s. This was a time of organic, back to nature, and when the Whole Earth Catalog movement was at its height. Now there is a resurgence. The weavings of Sheila Hicks were shown at the Biennial a few years ago. The Nasher museum in Dallas is having a one-woman show of her weavings and the DMA is about to install one of her pieces. Pottery has always had a special place for me, both working on the wheel and going to the Art Institute of Chicago looking at centuries of ceramics, and as a student doing site surveys in Oaxaca collecting pottery shards from centuries ago. Ceramicist Theaster Gates won last year’s Nasher Prize. This piece by artist and ceramicist Simone Leigh combines textiles and pottery. It pulls from both of these ancient mediums and cultures as craft and art communicate her black feminist thought. This art demonstrates how powerful contemporary radical political thought is when it draws from the power of history, culture, form, art, and craft. *Pottery and Weaving
#SimoneLeigh #WhitneyMuseum #WhitneyBiennial #WhitneyBiennial2019 #Design #Museum #Art #Weaving #Textiles #Pottery #Ceramics #Artist #CraftOrArt #Exhibition #BiennialExhibition #BiennialArtists #NewYork #BlackArt #BlackFeministArt #NewYork

Whitney Biennial Textiles

Artist Tomashi Jackson, originally from Houston and now living in New York, focuses these art pieces, woven together with found objects, on housing displacement in New York. We are also experiencing housing displacement of people and structures in Dallas. Just as the artist’s density-layered abstractions of found materials are messy, older neighborhoods and older homes are often messy. In Dallas we have seen well-intended politicians wanting to eradicate these older homes because they are not up to a perceived minimum middle-class housing condition. These politicians in concert with affordable housing developers want to replace the messiness of diverse housing and conditions in the older neighborhoods with sameness—sanitized new apartments. The affordability component of these new apartments comes from subsidizing some or all of them for lower or moderate-income residents. Every new apartment complex means one less homeownership possibility or renting a larger less expensive apartment in an older building. In New York, the City is taking over neighborhoods with forced sales for new luxury residential development. There are many faces of urban renewal. Urban renewal is almost always pitched as a way to improve the lives of low-income residents. When in fact homeownership and renovating small houses creates wealth for low-income residents and perpetuates a diverse housing stock. Artist Eric N. Mack also explores texture with mixed materials that create a blanket or quilt that recalls those we see at the State Fair of Texas and all the qualities and meanings a quilt represents and conveys. *Whitney Biennial Textiles
@tomashi_ashi #TomashiJackson @ernatmack #EricMack #Gentrification #UrbanRenewal #Housing #EquitableHousing #Art #Artist #Design #Texture #FoundObjects #FoundMaterials #CollectedMaterials #Quilt #Sculpture #HousingDisplacement #HousingJustice #WealthCreation #ProtectNeighborhoods #SmallHouses #WhitneyMuseum #WhitneyBiennial #WhitneyBiennial2019 #BiennialExhibition #BiennialArtists #NewYork


There has been much discussion about political oppression and psychological trauma of a growing community that self-identifies with a gender. We also have seen almost a romantic and cheery feeling about the emerging liberation and freedom associated with self-identifying. These strong photographic portraits by artist Elle Pérez display the physicality, pleasure, pain, and pushing the body, that also can accompany this journey. A carved branding on the arm, vials of testosterone, bruises from facial feminization surgery, and celebration of the body is included in this series of photographs that even add more layers to transfiguring. *Self-Identifying
#WhitneyMuseum #WhitneyBiennial #WhitneyBiennial2019 #Design #Museum #Art #Artist #Photography #Modern #Contemporary #Portraits #Self-Identifying #EllePérez #Gender #Emotion #Transfiguring #Exhibition #BiennialExhibition #BiennialArtists #NewYork

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