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November 17, 2019 | Zero Carbon Hack | Lyon, France

How much material can we do without in construction?

How much material can we do without in construction?50 students from ten European countries participated in the “Zero Carbon Hack” at the global LafargeHolcim Innovation Centre in Lyon, France. Together with a dozen mentors they spent an entire weekend searching for ways to minimize the embodied carbon footprint of a reference building. John Orr, Lecturer in Concrete Structures at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, explained why he believes that up to 50% less material could be used in construction thanks to better design.

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November 11, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Pittsburgh, USA

“Could I eat your furniture, IKEA?”

“Could I eat your furniture, IKEA?”What if materials were not just non-toxic but also regenerative – could a building clean the air? Titanium dioxide facade coatings are being studied for pollution capture and a range of studies are underway on carbon sequestration in common materials. Designing for non-toxicity is a first step toward regeneration that can be taken today. Materials that contain chemicals hazardous to human or environmental health are not recyclable, create enduring waste, may harm the workers producing them, and may emit hazardous chemicals – especially if they catch fire.

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November 07, 2019 | Project Celebration | Niamey, Niger

Architects celebrate LafargeHolcim Awards prize with their construction team

Architects celebrate LafargeHolcim Awards prize with their construction teamThe latest global LafargeHolcim Awards Silver winning project transformed a derelict mosque into a library that shares its site with a new mosque for the village of Dandaji in Niger. To turn their concept into reality, the architects Yasaman Esmaili and Mariam Kamara relied on a dedicated labor force of local masons, electrical- and metal-workers and technicians. “It was through the efforts and skill of our workforce that the project was successful – everyone involved should be proud of a job well done and the international recognition we received,” said the designers.

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November 01, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Host cities for regional LafargeHolcim Awards presentations 2020 announced

Host cities for regional LafargeHolcim Awards presentations 2020 announcedThe LafargeHolcim Foundation has announced the locations for the five regional ceremonies of the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction in 2020. The Awards ceremonies will present eleven prizes each to real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence.

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November 01, 2019 | 22 Propositions | London, United Kingdom

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction R. Buckminster Fuller posed this question, used as the title of a recent documentary, as Norman Foster showed him designs for the ultralightweight Sainsbury Gallery at the University of East Anglia. The question implies that lighter is better – and that reducing the amount of material in a project also reduces the embodied energy of a given structure. This principle is useful to apply in an apples-to-apples scenario: a building with less steel will probably have less embodied energy that a building with more steel.

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October 28, 2019 | Event Announcement | Bandung, Indonesia

LafargeHolcim Awards Talk in Bandung, Indonesia

LafargeHolcim Awards Talk in Bandung, IndonesiaTo coincide with the Bandung Design Biennale, the LafargeHolcim Foundation is conducting a two-hour seminar and dinner on October 31, 2019. Under the theme of “Architecture Awards: No/Maybe/Yes?”, the event will include a presentation by Nirmal Kishnani on transforming architecture and urbanism in Asia, and a discussion panel led by former LafargeHolcim Awards prize winners Florian Heinzelmann and Daliana Suryawinata of SHAU.

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October 15, 2019 | Event Announcement | Lyon, France

Creating sustainable buildings: Invitation to Zero Carbon Hack

Creating sustainable buildings: Invitation to Zero Carbon HackLafargeHolcim is on a mission to discover the most sustainable use of concrete at the Zero Carbon Hack. The sponsor of the LafargeHolcim Foundation and Awards competition has launched an open invitation to a 48-hour hackathon to collaborate and produce sustainable building solutions. The Zero Carbon Hack will be held in Lyon, France, on November 15 to 17, 2019.

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October 14, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Lüneburg, Germany

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionWhat if building materials became nutrients for biological or technical cycles? Cradle-to-Cradle thinking proposes re-designing building materials so they can be reused or repurposed after they are reclaimed from buildings, creating value and products out of used material. Materials could be biodegradable or endlessly recyclable – resources that are used and reused rather than discarded and then extracted or produced anew.

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October 11, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Paris, France

Awards winners praise competition for positive impact on projects, careers and professional networks

Awards winners praise competition for positive impact on projects, careers and professional networksA panel discussion staged by the LafargeHolcim Foundation in Paris on the theme “Architecture at what Prize?” confirmed how architectural competitions boost careers for both established and emerging architects. The LafargeHolcim Awards competition also makes tangible the commitment of LafargeHolcim to sustainable development and consolidates the Group’s reputation as a credible and innovative leader of the industry. Moderated by Jean-Philippe Hugron (Le Courrier de l’Architecte), the event at Maison de l’architecture Ile de France echoed the findings of a special issue of the international l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui magazine: Entering architectural competitions boost projects, careers, and networking opportunities.

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October 09, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Stuttgart, Germany

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionWhat if waste did not exist? This sounds like a utopian idea in today’s economy, but waste as we know it is a relatively new concept. Waste is tied to the idea of consumption: commodities are purchased, used, and then discarded. A world of consumers has exploded the amount of waste produced; and produced types of waste that would be unfamiliar to previous generations. Understanding that business-as-usual is not the natural order of things helps generate alternatives. Perhaps, even just redefining the words we use to talk about material flows can also help redefine the infrastructures that produce and move materials.

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October 04, 2019 | Keynote Speech | Cairo, Egypt

September 25, 2019 | Publication Announcement | Cairo, Egypt

September 13, 2019 | Strelka “Future Architect” Conference | Moscow, Russia

Young architects inspired by social engagement projects and encouraged to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards competition

Young architects inspired by social engagement projects and encouraged to enter the ...LafargeHolcim Awards winners Joana Dabaj and Riccardo Luca Conti from CatalyticAction highlighted the importance of ethical standards and social inclusion at the Strelka “Future Architect” Conference in Moscow, Russia. The winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2017 for Middle East Africa explained how their work not only addressed sustainable design from the perspective of building materials – but also created opportunities to empower local communities.

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September 11, 2019 | Research in Practice Grants | Zurich, Switzerland

Research in Practice Grant recipients report on progress to the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Research in Practice Grant recipients report on progress to the Academic Committee of the ...The first LafargeHolcim Research in Practice Grant (RPG) recipients updated members of the Academic Committee (AC) of the LafargeHolcim Foundation on the progress of their research. The RPG update meeting was held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and followed on from an initial meeting in April 2019 at the 6th Forum in Cairo. The core aim of the RPG program is to mentor and financially-support emerging professionals to conduct leading edge, practice-related research in the field of sustainable construction.

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September 10, 2019 | LH Accelerator | Lyon, France

Seeking groundbreaking solutions for the material and building construction industry

Seeking groundbreaking solutions for the material and building construction industryThe LH Accelerator is a six-month program that selects, hosts and supports innovative companies and startups to bring their groundbreaking solutions for the material and building construction industry to life. Led by sponsor of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, LafargeHolcim together with CCCC and Sika, the program offers a unique access to a high level technical, market and entrepreneurial expertise. The program is entering its second season and is open for applications until September 15, 2019.

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September 09, 2019 | Global Awards Ideas prize handover | Cairo, Egypt

Global Awards Ideas prize presented for Shea butter storage in Ghana

Global Awards Ideas prize presented for Shea butter storage in GhanaThe Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury praised the work of architects Wonjoon Han and Gahee Van of VHAN, and executive director Suki Yook of NGO Make Africa Better, South Korea. They considered the shea butter storage concept for the Nyingali community to be sophisticated and community focused. The prize was presented during the closing session of the 6th LafargeHolcim Forum by Brinda Somaya, Principal Architect and Managing Director, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, India and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation in April 2019.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional juries announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional juries announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable designIndependent juries will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction in five regions of the world. Each jury consists of nine experts in sustainable design and construction. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for Latin America announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for Latin America announced in world’s most significant competition for ...A jury of nine experts headed by Loreta Castro Reguera, Design Director and Founder of Taller Capital (Mexico), will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of Latin America. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for Europe announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for Europe announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable designA jury of nine experts headed by Jeannette Kuo, Founding Partner of Karamuk Kuo Architects (Switzerland), will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of Europe. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for Asia Pacific announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for Asia Pacific announced in world’s most significant competition for ...A jury of nine experts headed by Nirmal Kishnani, Professor of Architecture, School of Design & Environment, at the National University of Singapore, will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of Asia Pacific. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for North America announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for North America announced in world’s most significant competition for ...A jury of nine experts headed by Reed Kroloff, Rowe Family Dean, College of Architecture, at the Illinois Institute of Technology (USA), will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of North America. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for Middle East Africa announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for Middle East Africa announced in world’s most significant competition for ...A jury of nine experts headed by Mariam Kamara, Principal and Owner of atelier masōmī (Niger), will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of Middle East Africa. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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August 31, 2019 | Cultivating minds and strengthening the community | Dandaji, Niger

‘A’A’: Global design competitions

‘A’A’: Global design competitions Building a cultural facility in a village in Niger called for the delicate approach of both Mariam Kamara, founder of Atelier masōmī, and Yasaman Esmaili, founder of studio chahar, laureates of the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold Middle East Africa in 2017 and the Global LafargeHolcim Award Silver the year after.

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August 26, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Zurich, Switzerland

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionWhat if building components were decoupled from the single-use paradigm – and were sold and resold and resold again? Enabling greater reuse of building materials is a strategy that is best applied at the very beginning as part of sustainable design. Circular lifecycles increase the potential to reuse building materials by factoring-in the need for components to be recovered, inspected, stored, and resold. Institutions that make this exchange, verification, and re- valuing possible could be exciting new actors in the material supply chain.

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August 23, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | Medellín, Colombia

Strengthening an emerging architectural practice

Strengthening an emerging architectural practice Columbian practice Colectivo720 envisioned the transformation of these reservoirs into cultural and leisure facilities. “When we awarded the Medellín project, we valued the way in which an infrastructural area had been transformed into an urban site providing a recreational space for the neighbourhood and fostering a sense of belonging in the community,” explains Fernando Diez, member of the jury of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Latin America and director of the Argentinian architecture journal Summa+. As a result, the proposal was crowned with a regional Gold Award in 2014, a Global Award Gold in 2015 as well as a Building Better Recognition Prize for Latin America in 2017. These recognitions, in addition to showcasing an exemplary project, had many positive consequences for the development of Colectivo720.

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August 21, 2019 | Global LafargeHolcim Awards Finalist Certificate Handover | Esquimalt, BC, Canada

Community-oriented housing to empower the end user

Community-oriented housing to empower the end userIn March 2019, British Colombia became Canada’s first province to approve mass timber buildings up to 12 floors. This evolution paved the way for construction to start using building technology advanced by a Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 finalist project by a team led by Cindy Wilson and Oliver Lang of LWPAC + Intelligent City. They received a certificate from the LafargeHolcim Foundation in recognition of their work.

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August 16, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | Varanasi, India

Opening doors in the environmental construction sector

Opening doors in the environmental construction sectorWater plays a role of primary importance in the culture of India. Here it is both a vital resource for daily life and also an element charged with sacred, even spiritual value. Architect Vedhant Maharaj, whose firm Rebel Base Collective is located in Johannesburg, South Africa, developed a proposal on this theme which won a LafargeHolcim Next Generation Prize for Asia Pacific in 2017. 

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August 14, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | Berlin, Germany

Developing a network, our communication and projects

Developing a network, our communication and projectsToday, everyone in Berlin is focused on the improbable reconstruction of the “Schloss”, the former palace of the Hohenzollern sovereigns. However, another project unfolding at its feet – less spectacular but altogether more avant-garde – seems to be earning so much praise from the profession that it won the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for Europe in 2011, followed by a Global Award Bronze the year after.

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August 13, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

Boosting our confidence as a young practice

Boosting our confidence as a young practiceArchitect Milinda Pathiraja explains that the greatest benefit of winning the Global LafargeHolcim Award was the international exposure it gave Robust Architecture Workshop as a young architectural practice from Sri Lanka. “We were less than three years into the practice when we won the Awards – the regional and the global one – and the library project was only the third building we had completed”, he explains.

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August 02, 2019 | L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui | Paris, France

Benefits of global design competitions featured in special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui

Benefits of global design competitions featured in special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’huiThe LafargeHolcim Awards give architects the chance to provoke, excite, and launch their careers. says architecture critic Edwin Heathcote in a special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA).

Architecture is, whether we acknowledge it or not, a culture of competition. From crits at school to jostling for jobs, from architectural competitions and shortlists to awards and honours and to the existential, intellectual and financial struggles an architect encounters and has to overcome to create a building which has cultural, capital and public value, competition is rife.

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August 01, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Zurich, Switzerland

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionFrom the manufacturing of building materials and construction, operation and maintenance, through to dismantling and recycling – CO2 is produced at every stage of a structure’s use cycle. The construction sector is directly or indirectly responsible for almost half of all global CO2 emissions, and as a consequence, has many touchpoints where reducing CO2 can be addressed. Research and design play an important role in creating more CO2-efficient materials, building-use and resource recovery.

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July 30, 2019 | European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) | Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland

Next generation of architects to re-invent the design process

Next generation of architects to re-invent the design processThe LafargeHolcim Foundation and Awards proudly presented the opening lectures of EASA 2019, the European Architecture Students Assembly which is being held in Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland) and attended by more than 600 participants from 50 countries. Both speakers urged the next generation of architects to take action that radically changes the design and construction of the built environment compared to what we know today.

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July 26, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | Bogotá, Colombia

Highlighting credibility and boosting confidence

Highlighting credibility and boosting confidenceFairs, exhibitions and other types of conventions spotlight a city as well as its facilities. Yet, Ágora Bogotá, which won a LafargeHolcim Acknowledgement Prize in 2014, is a rather “discreet and silent” building. Where many were expecting a formal demonstration, the Colombian studio Bermúdez Arquitectos and the Spanish architecture office Estudio Herreros preferred to design a simple volume. The challenge here was not to design a strange, convoluted shape for this location, but rather to conceive a highly functional and compact place.

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July 18, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | New Delhi, India

The push needed to scale up a project

The push needed to scale up a projectMoney isn’t everything. Intelligence is also required. Julia King, laureate of a LafargeHolcim Next Generation prize for Asia Pacific in 2011, advocated a sanitation strategy for New Delhi’s poorest neighbourhoods. Based on a survey painstakingly carried out in the most deprived streets of India’s capital, this young English architect prioritized the expectations of each individual, in addition to identifying the technical problems as well as the legal obstacles.

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July 16, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | Mexico City, Mexico

A chance to develop strong conceptual ideas

A chance to develop strong conceptual ideasThe issue of water management, particularly in underequipped urban areas, is a crucial one for Mexico City. Jointly coordinating a team from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Loreta Castro Reguera and Manuel Perló Cohen developed an innovative approach. This program works to integrate public space and light hydraulic infrastructures, thereby offering an alternative to the usual strategies, a proposal that won the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for Latin America in 2017, and the Global Award Gold in 2018.

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July 15, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Zurich, Switzerland

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionDesire is a powerful mobilizer – sometimes stronger than duty or responsibility. If products and buildings that reduce the material cost of building are desirable, they are more likely to catch on with a wider public. Adding beauty, convenience, or novelty to a project can help transform sustainability from something that subtracts to something that adds.

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July 12, 2019 | L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui | Paris, France

Benefits of global design competitions featured in special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui

Benefits of global design competitions featured in special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’huiThe LafargeHolcim Awards boost designs which might be radical, new, difficult, original or untried says architecture critic Edwin Heathcote in a special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA).

There are design competitions which call for solutions to a brief and then there are competitions which pit already completed projects against each other. But, arguably, the most useful competitions, the ones which can have the most impact globally with relatively minimal means, are those which recognise the originality and interest in a project which is already in the ether and which give it the impetus to become reality.

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July 09, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Forum | Vancouver, Canada

University of British Columbia students at the LafargeHolcim Forum

University of British Columbia students at the LafargeHolcim ForumRecognizing the critical importance of encouraging the future generation of industry professionals, the LafargeHolcim Foundation supports promising talents on various levels. While the LafargeHolcim Awards competition enables students and young professionals to challenge their approaches against their peers, the Foundation’s invitation to participate at the Forum makes the experts of tomorrow a part of today’s debate. Marion Gelinas and Emily Kazanowski, graduate students in the MArch program at The University of British Columbia (UBC) from Vancouver, Canada, share their experience of travelling to Cairo for the LafargeHolcim Forum, and presenting their work to the international community. 

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June 25, 2019 | Book announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

June 04, 2019 | Media release | Zurich, Switzerland

International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction open for entries

International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction open for entriesThe LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The 6th cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020. The Awards offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and foregrounds projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields.

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