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Year: Houses “COPY” Architects: Krueck + Sexton Architects Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Bill Zbaren+ 23 Share Transparent House II / Krueck & Sexton ArchitectsSave this projectSaveTransparent House II / Krueck & Sexton Architects “COPY” United States CopyHouses•Spring Hill, United States ArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/109721/transparent-house-ii-krueck-sexton-architects Clipboard Area: 20000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2005 Photographs Photographs: Bill Zbaren, Mariusz MizeraText description provided by the architects. Designed for an art collector and his family on coastal United States, the Transparent House II is located on a triangular site facing an Intracoastal Sound. Having been stricken with a serious illness and sequestered as a child, the client’s desire for openness and light manifests itself in the design of the house. Minimal visual and acoustical disruptions provide a serene environment for the art, while the building’s siting and facade design take maximum advantage of the spectacular setting. Changing conditions of water, earth, and sky can be observed from within, as nature is viewed as an unfolding piece of art itself.Save this picture!© Mariusz MizeraRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreThe plan responds to the curving edges of the shoreline and is nestled into the landscape. The design takes advantage of the setting by allowing an abundance of natural light into the interior spaces and provides a sense of openness that integrates the space within the house and its surroundings. Through its advanced geothermal system and stainless steel structure, the house carefully responds to the ecology of the site. It gently touches the ground and is gracefully raised above the landscape, protecting the house from wave surges while directing expansive views on the ground floor.Save this picture!© Bill ZbarenWith great attention to material detail and connection, the interior is designed with service volumes floating along the gallery spine. Millwork, stone and stainless steel elements are suspended to express and lighten the impact on the living space, while challenging the limits of craftsmanship and materiality. The result is a house that is both striking and subdued.Save this picture!© Mariusz MizeraProject gallerySee allShow lessFountain at Pilsen / Ondřej CíslerArticlesAD Recommends: Best of the WeekArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/109721/transparent-house-ii-krueck-sexton-architects Clipboard Transparent House II / Krueck & Sexton Architects CopyAbout this officeKrueck + Sexton ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSpring HillUnited StatesPublished on February 08, 2011Cite: “Transparent House II / Krueck & Sexton Architects” 08 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Year: Photographs 2011 Area: 125 m² Area: 125 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Las Trancas House / Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews “COPY” “COPY” 2011 Photographs: Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval AndrewsSave this picture!Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval AndrewsRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. Las Trancas house is the first of a series of new constructions on this . It’s a starting point for the colonization of this property, located on the banks of lake Calafquen near Coñaripe. A virgin place which must be tamed.Save this picture!Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval AndrewsFor this first construction, the project’s logic had to be as fitting to local knowledge as possible, because due to the terrain’s characteristics and the difficulties of access, most of the materials, techniques and workmanship used would have to be local, presenting a somewhat technically atemporal construction.Save this picture!Floor PlanOn the other hand, architecturally, the house had to be able to mutate or adapt, because of it being the starting point of a colonization project, there was no way of foreseeing what uses it would be given today or in the future.Save this picture!Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval AndrewsIt presents the construction of a wooden pavilion, mounted on stilts, on a very steep site, located close to the lake shore. Meant for various and flexible uses, which may vary within time according to future requirements, it’s placed dominating the property.Save this picture!Section AAProgrammatically, a service volume is built. It stands as support or back up for the free plan which, thanks to a sliding panel system, can be divided into different spaces when required.Save this picture!Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval AndrewsIn response to the heavy weather conditions of the area, an A roof structure is projected to shelter the interior, which steps back on three of its corners forming a ledged perimeter for protection against heavy rain or sun conditions.Save this picture!Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval AndrewsProject gallerySee allShow lessFrom Mackintosh to Saint-Donatien, Can We Really Afford to Set History on Fire?ArticlesNew York Hall of Science Reopens Great Hall with Renovations from Todd SchliemannArchitecture News Share CopyHouses•Chile Architects: Cristián Irarrázaval Andrews Area Area of this architecture project Houses ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769531/las-trancas-house-cristian-irarrazaval-andrews Clipboard Las Trancas House / Cristian Irarrázaval AndrewsSave this projectSaveLas Trancas House / Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews Projects Save this picture!Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews+ 19 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769531/las-trancas-house-cristian-irarrazaval-andrews Clipboard Chile CopyAbout this officeCristián Irarrázaval AndrewsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesChilePublished on July 06, 2015Cite: “Las Trancas House / Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews” 06 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily CopyAbout this officePENELAS ARCHITECTSOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLas RozasSpainPublished on March 02, 2017Cite: “The Hidden Pavilion / PENELAS ARCHITECTS” 02 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Facebook TAGS WhatsApp Pinterest COVAXX’s COVID-19 Vaccine, UB-612, Induced Neutralizing Antibodies in 100% of Participants During Phase 1 Clinical Trial Twitter Facebook Twitter Local NewsBusiness Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – March 23, 2021 WhatsApp DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– COVAXX, a U.S. company developing UB-612, a multitope protein/synthetic peptide-based vaccine to fight COVID-19, today announced positive interim Phase 1 data from its open-label COVID-19 clinical trial conducted in Taiwan. This study, which evaluated the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of UB-612, showed that the vaccine was generally well-tolerated and elicited robust antibody responses comparable to those seen in human convalescent sera. UB-612 was well-tolerated and had a reassuring safety profile Overall, the vaccine was well-tolerated and very few solicited and unsolicited adverse events (AEs) were observed. Minimal local or systemic AEs were observed after dose 1 and 2, with no increase in reactogenicity after the second dose. Almost all AEs were mild (Grade 1) and of <2-day duration and no Serious AEs (SAEs) were observed. The trial is ongoing and all participants are being followed up to day 196. UB-612 induced neutralizing antibodies in 100% of participants All subjects developed neutralizing antibodies after two doses of the vaccine. At the 100 ug dose level, anti-S1-RBD and viral neutralizing antibody responses compared favorably to responses observed in hospitalized patients who had recovered from COVID-19. Favorable product profile UB-612 is stable at temperature 2°C to 8°C, allowing for successful cold chain management with existing infrastructure. The vaccine candidate is designed to mimic a natural infection to activate both antibody (B-cell) and cellular (T-cell) arms of the immune system to generate protective neutralizing antibodies and cytotoxic T-cells against SARS-CoV-2. The UBI technology platform has been successful in commercializing vaccines for infectious disease in animal health and is currently in clinical trials for other indications. “These results are very promising,” said Gray Heppner, MD, FACP, FASTMH, Chief Medical Officer of COVAXX. ”We are encouraged by the data and are accelerating our Phase 2/3 program to deploy a safe and effective vaccine candidate to combat this pandemic.” COVAXX is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials of UB-612 in Taiwan with a grant from Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, and will soon begin Phase 2/3 trials in India in partnership with Aurobindo. COVAXX has an agreement with Diagnosticos da America SA (DASA S.A.), the largest clinical diagnostic company in Brazil, to conduct Phase 2/3 clinical trials and distribute vaccines within Brazil. COVAXX also announced a global logistics partnership with Maersk, the world’s largest shipping and integrated logistics provider, that creates a framework for all transportation and supply chain services that will be needed to deliver COVAXX’s UB-612 around the world. COVAXX has advance purchase commitments and agreements for its UB-612 vaccine to deliver doses across multiple countries including low income countries. UB-612 Fact Sheet:www.covaxx.com/vaccine About COVAXX. COVAXX is a subsidiary of United Biomedical Inc (UBI), founded in 1985. The company is a scientific trailblazer creating technological firsts, including the manufacture and commercialization of more than 100 million antibody blood tests, and 5 billion vaccine doses against infectious diseases in animal health. With proprietary access to UBI’s core technology platforms, COVAXX can develop and commercialize high precision antibody tests and a promising COVID-19 vaccine that together would form a unique Differentiating Infected from Vaccinated Individuals (DIVI) system. COVAXX (not to be confused with single "x" COVAX) is developing UB-612, the first multitope peptide-based vaccine designed to activate both B and T-cell arms of the immune system to fight against SARS-CoV-2. COVAXX announced a global logistics partnership with Maersk, the world’s largest shipping and integrated logistics provider, that creates a framework for all transportation and supply chain services that will be needed to deliver COVAXX’s UB-612 vaccine around the world. 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Garda morale in Donegal is at an all time low, according to the Garda Representative Association, with a number of reasons being cited, including a recent incident in which a garda confronted two burglars single handedly, knowing that the only available back up was a 20 minute car journey away.The GRA’s representative for the county is Garda Brendan O’Connor.He says years of cutbacks have led to a situation where garda numbers on the ground are too low, and it will take significant investment just to being the service to acceptable levels.In the meantime, Brendan O’Connor says, gardai in the county are under severe pressure………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/graconcerns.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Donegal garda morale “at an all time low” – GRA Pinterest Homepage BannerNews By admin – September 14, 2015 PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Previous articlePlans announced for Mental Health event in South DonegalNext articleDonegal man dies in Wicklow crash admin Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter
ALBANY, N.Y. — Despite protests from many Republicans over a provision regarding firearms, Rep. Tom Reed backed the House renewal of the Violence Against Women Act last week. In other updates, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton spoke with The Ithaca Voice about what she liked and disliked in New York’s budget this year, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand takes to the Senate floor to demand legislation to close the gender pay gap.Rep. Tom Reed (23rd Congressional District)Congressman Tom Reed addresses the crowd in Enfield at a town hall in 2018. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) Congressman Tom Reed addresses the crowd in Enfield at a town hall in 2018. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)Last week, the House voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act, a law first authorized in 1994 to help domestic and sexual violence victims. Rep. Tom Reed was one of 33 Republicans to vote in favor of the bill which would extend protections for domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Many Republicans voted against the law, which was opposed by the NRA, because of a provision which would make it illegal for anyone convicted of misdemeanor charges of stalking or domestic abuse to buy or own firearms. Current law only prohibits owning a firearm after felony accounts of the same charges.“We care about protecting every woman in America from domestic violence in all its forms,” Reed said in a press release. “We can help to prevent domestic abuse if we provide women and law enforcement the tools that they need to prevent these horrible acts of violence.”Reed and 22 other Republicans also broke from party lines in favor of an amendment offered by California Democrat Maxine Waters. The amendment passed making a provision in the bill that would authorize grants for college campuses to expand services related to abuse and sexual assault. Prior to voting on the final passage of VAWA, Reed did vote in favor of a Republican-led motion to recommit, a procedural move that would have tanked the legislation. That maneuver failed. The Violence Against Women Act has been renewed several times since it was first passed, but expired in 2018. It’s unclear how soon the Republican-held Senate may act on the House’s version of VAWA.Reed missed three, mostly uncontroversial, votes on Monday evening in order to attend a meeting with the Problem Solvers Caucus and President Trump at the White House regarding last year’s passage of the bipartisan First Step Act. Reed’s Communications Director, Will Reinert told The Ithaca Voice that Reed would’ve voted in favor of all three measures had he been present. This is the first time this year that Reed has missed votes.Democrats brought a symbolic resolution to the floor last week expressing the House’s disapprove of President Trump’s recent announcement that the administration would pose legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Reed was one of eight Republicans to vote with Democrats on the measure.The good and the disappointments – Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton looks back on state budget “It had good things, but also significant disappointments,” Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton said reflecting on last week’s passage of the state budget in an interview with The Ithaca Voice last week. Here are some of her more detailed thoughts on this year’s “big ugly,” from Albany.Barbara LiftonPublic Campaign Finance and Elections FundingEarlier this year the Legislature passed several bills establishing early voting in New York State, but funding was not initially provided in that legislation. Provisions in the budget allocated those funds which would help local governments cover the costs of administering early voting and the associated costs like digital poll books which come with it.“We did the early voting, same-day registration, early on things on voter registration. In order to do those things you have to have electronic poll books and there was a discussion about how that was going to happen, who was going to pay for that. I’m pleased that the state is putting in a significant chunk of money to help pay for that.”The budget also set up a separate commission charged with putting forth a program for publicly funded state elections. The state has committed $100 million per year to the program which seeks to make running for office easier for less wealthy individuals.While Lifton said she is happy the topic of publicly funded campaigns is being worked on, she isn’t in favor of doing so through a commission, arguing that it should be up to the Legislature to hammer out such a plan outside the budget process.“Lots of things end up getting put in the budget now and I don’t think it’s a good thing,” Lifton said. “It doesn’t give enough time for consideration and even more importantly, we’re supposed to be a coequal branch. The Legislature and Governor are co-equal branches of government and the Governor shouldn’t have more power within the budget process.”The commission’s recommendation will be considered law unless the legislature reconvenes in December to deny the plan. Lifton said she thinks that is unlikely.Property Tax CapThe budget makes a temporary cap permanent on raises in property taxes. This means municipalities and school districts will only be able to raise property taxes two percent each year without making a politically unfavorable vote to override. Lifton said she is wary of property taxes, opting more in favor of a progressive statewide income tax. She supported extending the temporary property tax, but not making it permanent as was ultimately the case.“Let’s not do this. Let’s have this discussion and, if we’re going to as we continue a tax cap, let’s talk about what’s the best thing to do rather than just capping local taxes,” Lifton said. “That’s fine, the property tax is out of control, I’m not opposed to dealing with that, but it would be much better if the state, instead of dealing with it this way, just a permanent cap, would pick up more of the cost of schools.” Education FundingLifton and other education advocates in the Legislature were happy to see an increase in foundation aid for the state’s middle class and low-income school districts. She said that while the nearly $700 million increase is great, schools still haven’t recovered from cuts during the Recession.“We’re still going to have to keep plugging along and work to try and fill in that gap,” she said.Prison ClosuresAs part of the budget, the Gov. Cuomo has been permitted to close two state-run prisons. There still isn’t any indication which facilities could be on the chopping block. Legislators did get the Governor to agree to provide a 90-day notice to the community should the prison be set for closure.“Ninety days notice to the community- I wish it were longer,” Lifton said. “It is a transition and adjustment for communities that have a prison, but that was the agreement in the end that it was a 90-day notice.”While she welcomes the decreasing prison population that Gov. Cuomo claims is the root cause for closing the prisons, she said she does recognize the economic impact it could have on prison workers and the greater communities. “I’d like to see funding in other areas where we have more job creation and kind of ‘happy’ areas. Let’s have more teachers and more social works and more therapists and less prison guards, how about that? Not there’s anything wrong – I don’t mean there’s anything wrong with prison guards. I think they’ve got a tough job and I think probably a lot of those guards would rather be on the other side trying to help people stay out of a prison rather than guarding a people in prison.”Plastic Bag BanPerhaps one of the most noticeable policies in the budget is a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags. Lifton praised the provision, citing negative environmental impacts.“We’re going to have to keep working on this issue. But those bags that are hanging in the trees and blowing all over and mucking up water treatment plants all over the state-we’re banning,” Lifton said.Recreational Marijuana LegalizationOne item that didn’t end up making it into the budget was recreational marijuana legalization. Lifton is a cosponsor of the Assembly bill that would legalize the drug for recreational purposes, but like many other legislators, she shied away from trying to perfect the legislation as part of the budget process.“It ended up being a lot more discussion than maybe we realized going in.”Governor’s Pay IncreaseThe budget included a pay increase for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.“No matter whether you’re happy with the Governor at any particular time or unhappy, no matter their party, it’s important to pay people that do work day-in and day-out,” Lifton said. “I’m sure days off are very rare for this governor or any governor.”Republican State Senator Tom O’Mara didn’t respond to request for a phone interview. His Communications Director, Jim Meddleton, referred to the week prior’s release regarding O’Mara’s opinion of the budget. That release is included in last week’s breakdown of the state budget.U.S. Senator Kirsten GillibrandSenator Gillibrand is taking up the reins on a bill that Democrats pushed through the House last month aimed at ending the gender pay gap.“We are still struggling to protect women from wage discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, workplace harassment, and an unfair minimum wage,” Gillibrand said on the Senate floor last week. “We are still struggling to ensure that women and their families have access to paid leave, and affordable childcare.”The bill, as passed by the House, adds to the Equal Pay Act to remove obstacles making it more difficult for workers to discuss and negotiate pay. It would also give them the ability to file class action lawsuits against employers who’ve discriminated in pay.Last week Gillibrand also reintroduced a piece of legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on college campuses. She cosponsors the bipartisan bill with Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. The legislation would require educational institutions to appoint a specific Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, uniformly and publicly report data of incidents, and establish a clear working relationship with other campus entities and local law enforcement.U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerSen. Chuck Schumer moved to try and prevent Mitch McConnell from loosening Senate rules in order to rapidly increase the approval of President Trump’s district court judge nominees. Despite his efforts, the Senate still voted to change precedent, giving only two hours for debate on a nominee instead of the 30 hours that are currently allowed.“Two hours for a lifetime appointment is unacceptable,” Schumer said in an impassioned floor speech before the vote. “Two hours for a lifetime appointment with a huge influence on people’s lives is unacceptable. It’s ridiculous. It’s a mockery of how this institution should work.”Schumer and Gillibrand voted with all Democrats against the change. The only Republican Senators to vote with them were Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah. Vaughn Golden is a freelance radio and print reporter covering politics around the southern tier and central New York. He authors the weekly “Capitol Watch” watchdog report on Ithaca’s representatives… More by Vaughn Golden Vaughn Golden Your government news is made possible with support from: Tagged: Albany, barbara lifton, capitol watch, chuck schumer, ithaca, Tom Omara, tom reed, tompkins county