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Top 100 Architecture Trends in 2017

From Floating Hurricane-Resistant Homes to LEGO-Like Gardens

— January 27, 2018 — Art & Design
Architects often get teased for their sense of self-importance, but the 2017 architecture trends show that the practice is indeed important in society as a whole. Especially with regard to the current climate surrounding, well, the climate, the ability to create buildings with green features is increasingly important.

In theory, buildings are meant to be permanent structures. In practice, modern developments eventually lead to the dismantling of many buildings, but in any case most buildings stand for decades (if not centuries). Considering the long-term impact of buildings on the urban landscape and the potential carbon footprint that these buildings contribute, building them with efficiency in mind is essential. Fortunately, many architects are doing just that.

For example, Vincent Callebaut Architectures, a French studio, has developed an energy-positive resort that produces energy rather than consuming it thanks to renewable energy sources dotted throughout the landscape. Many other architects are embracing size reductions to save energy, with tiny homes well represented in the 2017 architecture trends.
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Activity
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Stacked Double Residences
Stacked Double Residences
2DM Architects Built Two Houses into a Single Property
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98
Modernist Off-Grid Residences
Modernist Off-Grid Residences
'Tropik Works' is the First Fully Off-Grid Home in Costa Rica
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97
Fireproof Home Extensions
Fireproof Home Extensions
The 'X-Space' Window Offers Inhabitants a Safe Bubble in an Emergency
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96
Rustic Jazz Bars
Rustic Jazz Bars
This Bar Combines Classic Greek Designs With More Contemporary Ones
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95
Desert Grotto Residences
Desert Grotto Residences
Malka Architecture's 'Mugu House' Brings Natural Elements Indoors
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94
Fictional Home Furnishings
Fictional Home Furnishings
Jasper Morrison Designed a VitraHaus Home for a Fictional Inhabitant
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93
Architecturally Focused Home Rentals
Architecturally Focused Home Rentals
'Plans Matter' is a Rental Platform for Architecture Lovers
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92
Artificially Sunken Restaurants
Artificially Sunken Restaurants
Snøhetta's Underwater Dining Venue Design is Partly Submerged
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91
Revitalized Cultural Boutique Hotels
Revitalized Cultural Boutique Hotels
The Jiangnan Boutique Hotel Was Constructed from Old Housing
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90
Flowing Wooden Nurseries
Flowing Wooden Nurseries
Toranoko Nursery has a Stunning View of Mount Fuji
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89
Sparse Office Designs
Sparse Office Designs
Norm Architects Designed this Peaceful, Minimalist Office Space
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88
Salvaged Wooden Boathouses
Salvaged Wooden Boathouses
Andersson-Wise's Bunny Run Boat Dock is on Lake Austin
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87
Compact Public Cabins
Compact Public Cabins
Sam Jacobs' 'Urban Cabin' is Situated in Downtown London
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86
Reimagined Modern Home Designs
Reimagined Modern Home Designs
Paula Santos Arquitectura's Porto Home Riffs on Typical Designs
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85
Gothic Concrete Flooring
Gothic Concrete Flooring
ETH Zurich's Concrete Floor Slabs are Inspired by Catalonian Vaults
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84
Tidal Observation Museums
Tidal Observation Museums
Thames River Museum Would Offer Views of the Thames' Tidal Movement
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83
Curvaceous Tiered Houses
Curvaceous Tiered Houses
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos' Spanish House Frames Seven Gardens
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82
Bold Danish Island Homes
Bold Danish Island Homes
Norkaer+Poulsen Architects' Villa P Has a Steeply Angled Cottage Roof
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81
Urban Fabric Houses
Urban Fabric Houses
'MINI LIVING - Breathe' is a Small-Scale, Low-Impact City Dwelling
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80
Fake City Photography
Fake City Photography
Gregor Sailer's 'Potemkin Villages' Highlight Fake Cities Around the World
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79
Canopy-Covered Coast Homes
Canopy-Covered Coast Homes
The Tent House Transitions for Different Weather Conditions
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78
Photovoltaic Skating Rinks
Photovoltaic Skating Rinks
This Concept Uses Ice Skating to Generate Electricity
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77
Asymmetrical Sloped Roof Homes
Asymmetrical Sloped Roof Homes
The Single Family House by Andrii Ortynskyi is Irregularly Chic
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76
Hobbit-Inspired Homes
Hobbit-Inspired Homes
This Grotto Home Encourages Occupants to Get In Touch with Nature
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75
Wood-Clad Garden Gyms
Wood-Clad Garden Gyms
Eastwest Architecture has Built a Gym in the Garden of a London Home
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74
Cantilevered Treetop Houses
Cantilevered Treetop Houses
The Skywalk Treehouse Lets Inhabitants Walk Right Out to the Canopy
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73
Origami Eastern Bloc Buildings
Origami Eastern Bloc Buildings
'Brutal East' is a DIY Set of Paper Buildings from the Soviet Era
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72
Cutesy Woodland Cottages
Cutesy Woodland Cottages
The Wooden House by Studio PIKAPLUS Sits in the Hills of Slovenia
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71
Futuristic Supercar Museum Buildings
Futuristic Supercar Museum Buildings
The Lamborghini Museum Draws Inspiration from the Vehicles
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70
Stable-Inspired Tiny Homes
Stable-Inspired Tiny Homes
The Ostara Tiny Home Takes Design Cues From Equine Architecture
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69
Urban Tree Installations
Urban Tree Installations
This German Start-Up Aims to Reduce Pollution Using Vertical Planters
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68
Ramping Rooftop Gardens
Ramping Rooftop Gardens
Bam! Arquitectura Designed a Buenos Aires Home with a Multi-Level Garden
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67
Contemporary Dorm-Style Hostels
Contemporary Dorm-Style Hostels
The 'Long Story Short' Hostel Targets the Contemporary Traveler
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66
Floating Water Cities
Floating Water Cities
The Seasteading Institute Unveiled Plans to Build the First Floating City
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65
Boxy Red Cabins
Boxy Red Cabins
'Spackhuggaren' is a Quaint Cabin for an Avid Sailor and His Family
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64
Modular Kid-Friendly Playhouses
Modular Kid-Friendly Playhouses
Grimshaw's 'MySpace' Cubby House Lets Kids Design Their Play Space
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63
Rent-to-Own Housing Projects
Rent-to-Own Housing Projects
Cass Community Social Services Has Completed Six Tiny Homes
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62
Elevated Cliffside Dwellings
Elevated Cliffside Dwellings
Manofactory Designed 'Nestinbox' Houses to Hang from Cliffs
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61
Refurbished Mid-Century Modern Homes
Refurbished Mid-Century Modern Homes
Laurelhurst MidCentury is a Renovated 60s Ibsen Nelsen Home
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60
Colorful Amorphous Playgrounds
Colorful Amorphous Playgrounds
The Mountain Lake Park Playground is a Joyous Playscape
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59
Feline-Friendly Tiny Homes
Feline-Friendly Tiny Homes
This Pet-Friendly Home Lets Your Cat Enjoy Mobile Living
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58
Fitness-Fused Retail Stores
Fitness-Fused Retail Stores
'Runner Camp' Fuses Fitness with Retail in Shanghai
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57
Fashionable Lifestyle Cafes
Fashionable Lifestyle Cafes
The Design of the Primo Cafe Bar Celebrates Style & Sustainability
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56
Retractable Restaurant Extensions
Retractable Restaurant Extensions
This Retractable Wall System Accommodates More Dining Guests
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55
Redesigned London Nightclubs
Redesigned London Nightclubs
OMA's Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli Redesigned the Ministry of Sound
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54
Mini Car Brand Homes
Mini Car Brand Homes
The Tesla Tiny House Can be Towed by the Brand's Vehicles
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53
Converted Bus Accommodations
Converted Bus Accommodations
The Big Green Bus Hotel Offers a Charming Glamping Experience
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52
Energy-Positive Eco-Resorts
Energy-Positive Eco-Resorts
The Nautilus Eco-Resort Embraces Sustainable Architectural Designs
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51
Modular Mobile Offices
Modular Mobile Offices
Coroflot's Mobile Office Space is Built on a Trailer with Translucent Walls
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50
Woodsy Tented Houses
Woodsy Tented Houses
Chris Tate's Tent House is a Personal Retreat in the New Zealand Forests
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49
Collaborative Technology Offices
Collaborative Technology Offices
The David Ho Mobvoi Office Boasts a Bright, Spirited Design
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48
Rooftop Bedroom Suites
Rooftop Bedroom Suites
Office of Architecture Maximized Space in a Narrow Brooklyn Home
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47
Lego-Like Gardens
Lego-Like Gardens
The Modular Growmore System Makes Creative Gardening Accessible
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46
Minimalist Wooden Homes
Minimalist Wooden Homes
The Futteralhaus Homes Are Sheathed In White-Stained Coniferous Wood
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45
Sunlit Glass Houses
Sunlit Glass Houses
IDEE Architects' Mian Farm Cottage Combines Modern Design with Rusticness
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44
Rugged Prefab Cabins
Rugged Prefab Cabins
Gapahuk is Designed to Handle the Harsh Weather of Norway's Mountains
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43
Stacked Cubic Tree Houses
Stacked Cubic Tree Houses
The Qiyun Mountain Tree House Offers Panoramic Views
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42
Budget-Friendly Bunker Homes
Budget-Friendly Bunker Homes
Mami House is Stylish While Sticking to a Budget
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41
Architectural Fabric Installations
Architectural Fabric Installations
Do Ho Suh's Art at the Victoria Miro Gallery Explores Space
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40
Minimalist Modern Chalets
Minimalist Modern Chalets
Studio Razavi Rethinks the Classic Chalet While Sticking to Strict Rules
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39
Family-Friendly Tiny Houses
Family-Friendly Tiny Houses
The Escher Home Proves That Tiny Living Can Suit Young Families
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38
Elevated Prefab Hideout Cabins
Elevated Prefab Hideout Cabins
The Kudhva Prefab Cabins are Perched Above the Treetops
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37
Cozy Mini Hotel Cabins
Cozy Mini Hotel Cabins
The In-Tenta 'Drop Box' Portable Hotel Suite is Compact Yet Functional
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36
Modular Pre-Fab Shelters
Modular Pre-Fab Shelters
The SmartDome is a Pre-fab Shelter That's Both Modular and Mobile
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35
Minimalist Bangkok Cafe-Bars
Minimalist Bangkok Cafe-Bars
The New Common room Ari Location was Designed by party/space/design
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34
Heavy-Duty Expedition Vehicles
Heavy-Duty Expedition Vehicles
Bliss Mobil's Campers are Perfect for Traveling to Remote Areas
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33
Prefab Outdoor Cork Cabins
Prefab Outdoor Cork Cabins
The 'Ecocubo' Nature Cabin is Crafted Using Eco-Friendly Materials
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32
Lakeside Micro Cabins
Lakeside Micro Cabins
The Nisser Micro Cabin is Covered in a Blond Timber Facade
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31
In-Office Basketball Courts
In-Office Basketball Courts
Nike's New Global Headquarters is Full of Millennial-Friendly Perks
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30
Outdoor Multi-Age Playgrounds
Outdoor Multi-Age Playgrounds
BAM's Indigo Playgrounds are Designed for Children of Varying Ages
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29
Buried Icelandic Landhouses
Buried Icelandic Landhouses
Gardur Landhouse is Blends into the Region's Rolling Dunes
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28
Modern Stone Rubble Dwellings
Modern Stone Rubble Dwellings
This Old Stone House was Renovated to Bring it into the Modern Era
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27
Cavernous Tiny Homes
Cavernous Tiny Homes
The Pemberley's Flexibly Spacious Layout Redefines Tiny Living
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26
Modular Floating Cabins
Modular Floating Cabins
The DD16 Floating Cabin Blends Modern Design with Functionality
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25
Mobile Shipping Container Boutiques
Mobile Shipping Container Boutiques
The Garnet Hill Shop is Housed in an Old Shipping Container
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24
Stackable Zero-Energy Homes
Stackable Zero-Energy Homes
The '#150 Skilpod' is a Stackable Prefab Home for Eco-Friendly Living
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23
Charred Timber Prefab Houses
Charred Timber Prefab Houses
The Muji Hut is an Affordable Prefab Cottage
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22
Curvaceous Wooden Domes
Curvaceous Wooden Domes
The 'Dome of Visions' Explores Wood as an Eco-Friendly Alternative
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21
Flexible Room Furniture
Flexible Room Furniture
Ori Smart Systems is a Robotic Modular Room Designed for Small Spaces
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20
Minimalist Oasis Homes
Minimalist Oasis Homes
The Courtyard House by Robson Rak Architects Boasts Stark Details
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19
Architectural Sledding Paths
Architectural Sledding Paths
A Sledding Path will Loop Around the Roof of the Beijing Civic Center
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18
Mini All-in-One Apartments
Mini All-in-One Apartments
The 'Taac' Micro Apartment is a Living Space, Office and More
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17
Peaceful Minimalist Homes
Peaceful Minimalist Homes
'House Rheder' is Designed to Be as Reductive as Possible
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16
Floating Hurricane-Resistant Homes
Floating Hurricane-Resistant Homes
Arkup's "Livable Yachts" Can Withstand Category Four Winds
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15
Futuristic Container Homes
Futuristic Container Homes
This Joshua Tree Residence is Made Out of Multiple Shipping Containers
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14
Affordable Shipping Container Apartments
Affordable Shipping Container Apartments
Tempohousing Nigeria Repurposes Old Shipping Containers
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13
Parking Space-Sized Homes
Parking Space-Sized Homes
The 'Tikku' House Offers All Necessary Amenities in a Compact Space
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12
Themed Adult-Only Hotels
Themed Adult-Only Hotels
'Grand Portals Nous' Features Five Uniquely Themed Rooms
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11
Self-Constructing Buildings
Self-Constructing Buildings
These Self-Deploying Buildings Can Pop Up in Eight Minutes
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10
Cylindrical Tree Houses
Cylindrical Tree Houses
Malan Vorster's Paarman Treehouse Gives Panoramic Forest Views
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9
Customized Eco Homes
Customized Eco Homes
The eXo/nat Concept is a Modern and Adaptable Alternative to Green Living
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8
DIY Prefab Cabin Homes
DIY Prefab Cabin Homes
The Ecokit Prefabricated Cabins Can be Erected without Professional Help
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7
Urban Fitness Brand Popups
Urban Fitness Brand Popups
The Nike + Run Club Shanghai Popup is Interactive and Futuristic
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6
Hanging Treehouse Homes
Hanging Treehouse Homes
The 'Sequoia Shelter' is a Practical Solution for Off-the-Grid Living
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5
Refined Moveable Tiny Houses
Refined Moveable Tiny Houses
The RoadHaus Wedge Offers Modest Living Space and a Queen Size Bed
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4
Moveable Prefab Dwellings
Moveable Prefab Dwellings
The Koda Moveable Home Can be Shifted to a New Location
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3
Homeless Shelter Pods
Homeless Shelter Pods
Homes for Hope Works Around Los Angeles' Zoning Laws
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2
Two-Story Shipping Container Cafes
Two-Story Shipping Container Cafes
The Spout Coffee Company is Made Up of Two Shipping Containers
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1
Prebuilt Mobile Dwellings
Prebuilt Mobile Dwellings
These Small Mobile Homes are Delivered Ready to Live in
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