“COPY” Projects Photographs: Courtesy of Key Operation Komachi Building / Key Operation Japan Architects: Key Operation Area Area of this architecture project 2013 GEN Architectural Management Komachi Building / Key OperationSave this projectSaveKomachi Building / Key Operation CopyRestaurant, Housing•Shibuya, Japan Restaurant Engineer:ComodoAir Condition:ComodoArchitects In Charge:Akira Koyama Structural Engineer, Delta Structural ConsultantsCity:ShibuyaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Key OperationText description provided by the architects. Facing a street near the JR Ebisu Station circle, the property is a restaurant building principally envisioned for tenants purveying Japanese cuisine. A compact lot of 76 m2 called for securing the most possible tenant floor space. The sky occupancy factor, which would limit the permitted obstruction of visible sky from land around the lot, was utilized in a study to determine how to gain the most cubic volume for a building. Consequently, the building configuration was set at six levels: tenant space of 48 m2 per level up to the fourth floor with a setback of 50 cm, and an additional setback for the fifth and sixth floors.Save this picture!South ElevationAlthough the building size required at least two staircases, the exterior staircase design allowed for a single set of stairs. Corridors were made as compact as possible by combining staircase emergency egress with passage to the elevator in the back. Placement of the exterior staircase flush to the street also held floor space for emergency egress to a minimum.Save this picture!Courtesy of Key OperationThe lot runs along a street lined with disparate buildings. On a street of a commercial district infused with a cluttered ambience, we felt that a building could stand out on the street, and possibly bring order to the situation with the construction of a large, unifying façade.Since exterior stairs have restrictions on their opening ratio, the only option for a single façade that included the staircase was a vertical lattice. We proceeded to select traditional Japanese vertical latticework called tategoshi as an element to render a Japanese visual motif.Save this picture!Courtesy of Key OperationA lattice spacing that satisfied the opening requirement for exterior stairs would be too broad for commanding a uniform façade across a large surface. As a solution, the density of the lattice was gradually increased from the front of the staircase across the façade to express unity and variance.Save this picture!Courtesy of Key OperationWood was selected as the material for the lattice to impart warmth, and coated with traditional Japanese red-ochre paint, a natural material used for a long time as a preservative. The Japanese motif was enhanced, and the resulting distinction over the commercial buildings in its surroundings improved the building’s presence.Save this picture!Courtesy of Key OperationMaximizing floor space on a small lot is contradicted by building codes that inevitably impose setbacks for a building and its staircases. Moreover, many legal restrictions weigh on a building’s silhouette, such as the installation of balconies considered necessary for securing emergency egress, and result in a disorderly appearance. However, the messy silhouette of the Komachi Building derived from capturing maximum floor space was painted black to successfully serve like a behind-the-scenes actor to the red-ochre vertical lattice in the starring role.Save this picture!Courtesy of Key OperationFrom inside the restaurants that would mainly be operating from evening-time onward, scenic expectations were poor—possibly a view of the dimly lit tenant building across the street. For such an environment, we revisited the building’s vertical latticework to consider it as an element that could project characteristic scenes from the interior. Consequently, sections of the vertical lattice were finished as shitomido (traditional Japanese shutters), which could provide scenes like views from a traditional Japanese home with extended eaves. At night, footlights illuminated the shitomido to bring the generated exterior space inside for added spatial depth.Save this picture!Courtesy of Key OperationThe shutter mechanism allows opening and closing. Since the setback distance can be determined with the shutters fully closed, the volume of the building can be maximized before gaining further volume from the “eaves” created by opening the shutters. In addition, the shitomido have manual shifters that allow their opening angles to be set freely. Depending on the opening angle of the shutters during the daytime, the amount of light drawn in can be altered to vary the interior ambience. Any shutter can also be closed for a view through the vertical lattice. By installing shutters to a planar element like a vertical lattice, the façade gains a dimension and can render expressions with light and shadows.Project gallerySee allShow lessOMA + OLIN Selected to Design D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge ParkArchitecture NewsMarc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in MontpellierUnbuilt ProjectProject locationAddress:Shibuya, Tokyo, JapanLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Year: CopyAbout this officeKey OperationOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureRestaurants & BarsRestaurantResidential ArchitectureHousingShibuyaHousingHotels and RestaurantsResidentialJapanPublished on October 15, 2014Cite: “Komachi Building / Key Operation” 15 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
News News May 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gets four years for exposing Communist Party corruption in Shandong ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Reporters Without Borders condemns the four-year prison sentence that a court in Tengzhou, in the eastern province of Shandong, imposed on journalist Qi Chonghuai on 13 May on charges fraud and extorting money. Qi, who spent 11 months in pretrial detention, used to work for Fazhi Zaobao (Legal Rule Morning Post), a newspaper owned by the justice ministry.One of his lawyers, Li Xiongbing, who pleaded for his acquittal in court, said that this decision violates press freedom.“Coming just a few months before the Olympic Games, this sentences is yet another example of the Chinese government’s lack of tolerance for critical writers and journalists.” Reporters Without Borders said. “Qi’s trial was not fair. It lasted only 11 hours, the defence was unable to call any witness and no written proof of the alleged fraud was produced. Local Chinese justice had yet again displayed a complete lack of transparency.”Aged 42, Qi had worked for 13 years as a journalist for Fazhi Zaobao and other media outlets, and often wrote about corruption in political and financial circles. He was arrested on 25 June after posting an article about Communist Party corruption in Tengzhou on a forum on Xinhuanet, the website of the official news agency. He was formally charged with “fraud and extorting money” on 2 August.Nine days before Qi’s arrest, a friend of his, freelance photographer Ma Shiping, was arrested for the same reason, although the pretext used was the fact that he had posted a photo of an official building online without being officially accredited as a photographer. A member of the staff at Tengzhou Daily, which used to employ Ma, said: “He dared to say what the accredited reporters did not dare write. He dared to say the truth.” Ma is still detained in Tengzhou.One of Qi’s former colleagues at Fazhi Zaobao, journalist He Yanjie, was given a two-year prison sentence by the same court in connection with his work for the newspaper. Both journalists are being held in Tengzhou prison.Today in China, 31 journalists and 48 cyberdissidents are in jail.More on Chinese press freedom News Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation
News – Amend the draconian provisions of the 2014 terrorism law (as amended in 2017) and the 2007 cyber-crimes law, abolish prison sentences and exorbitant fines for press offences, and refrain from using legislative and technical mechanisms for the surveillance and silencing of critics, dissidents and journalists. The threat of imprisonment or the shame of being accused of treason has been persuading journalists to remain silent. Ever since the news of the Khashoggi’s disappearance first broke, the pro-government media have been reminding Saudis of the existence of the electronic crimes law,under which “spreading rumours or false news” is punishable by five years in prison. It is a clear invitation to toe the government line, which for three weeks was to deny any Saudi government role in Khashoggi’s disappearance. Amplifying propaganda – End political and security-based intimidation and cyber-harassment of journalists and media figures who share information that is at variance with the official line. Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence to go further RSF has noted a steady increase in abuses against journalists since Mohammad bin Salman’s appointment as crown prince in June 2017. Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October has shown that, despite a facade of modernism, the regime stops at nothing to silence critical journalists. The number of journalists and bloggers in Saudi prisons has doubled since Bin Salman became crown prince. At least 28 are currently detained. Most of them were arrested towards the end of 2017. The reason for their detention and the place where they are being held are usually kept secret at the time of their arrest. Many journalists have “disappeared” in this way only to reappear some time later in a Saudi prison. The seven indicators used to compile the Index are pluralism, media independence, abuses and acts of violence against journalists, the media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information. Organisation The Saudi government, which already had complete control over the traditional media, has tightened its grip on social media in the course of 2018, thereby reinforcing its arsenal as a press freedom predator.The “disinformation, amplification and intimidation” phenomena, which RSF has often condemned, have reached new unprecedented levels in the past two weeks. – Release all the information gathered in the sources of their investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s fate and agree to cooperate with the international commission of enquiry that is mandated by the United Nations secretary-general. News Help by sharing this information The regime’s response to the accusations about Khashoggi has been to yet again demonstrate its ability to orchestrate a well-established system of propaganda. The pro-government media have been inundating media and social networks with the government position, which is to accuse Qatar and Turkey of biased and alarmistcoverage of the affair. The Saudi media have also denied that Khashoggi was engagedto Hatice Cengiz, who played a key role by sounding the alarm about his disappearance. Media environment and self-censorship October 22, 2018 – Updated on October 24, 2018 RSF issues warning about Saudi Arabia’s Press Freedom Index ranking NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say When Eman al Nafjan, a blogger who wrote about such sensitive subjects as politics and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, was arrested last May, she was officially accused of threatening the kingdom’s “security and stability,”while the Saudi media accused her of being a “traitor.”As far as RSF knows, she is still awaiting trial. – Immediately and unconditionally release all professional and non-professional journalists who are being held pending trial or who have been convicted simply for exercising their profession or their freedom to inform; and, in particular, implement the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding Raif Badawi,Fadhel al Manasefand Waleed Abu-l-Khair. Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia is ranked very low, 169th out of 180 countries, in the 2018 World Press Freedom We call on Saudi Arabia to end its violence against journalistsSign the petitionIndex that RSF published last April, but it will very probably fall even lower in the 2019 Index because of the gravity of the violence and abuses of all kinds against journalists. The activities of the kingdom’s troll armies and the pro-government hashtags on Twitter likening any criticism to treachery or a lack of patriotismhave surged since the start of the Khashoggi affair. Such hashtags as “We are all Salman and Mohammad” (referring to the king and crown prince), “The Saudi Kingdom rejects the threats” and “Stop following the fatherland’s enemies”have been posted and retweeted tens of thousands of times. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance RSF_en News Recommendations Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence – Guarantee journalists the right to due process, including the right to appear before an independent and impartial judge within a reasonable period, and the right of access to a lawyer. Grave abuses against journalists In these circumstances, Saudi Arabia’s “media environment and self-censorship” score, which was already bad last year, is likely to get much worse. This indicator represents 13% of a country’s evaluation in the World Press Freedom Index. The addition of “abuses and acts of violence against journalists” (20%) means that a third of Saudi Arabia’s overall score for the 2019 Index is already seriously compromised. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is issuing an “incident report” about the press freedom situation in Saudi Arabia and the threat to the country’s already poor ranking in the World Press Freedom Index after dissident journalist and commentator Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and the arrests of more than 15 journalists in the space of a year. Saudi Arabia’s scores on “abuses and acts of violence against journalists” and “media environment and self-censorship” – two of the seven indicators used by RSF to determine a country’s ranking – are likely to worsen significantly unless the authorities take extraordinary measures. After accusing the royal family of tolerating corruption and nepotism in a TV appearance in December 2017, the journalist Saleh al Shehiwas sentenced to five years in prison in February on a charge of “insulting the royal court.” Two columnists – Essam al Zamel, an economist, and Abdullah al Malki, an academic – are currently on trial for sharing reports and their own, often critical, analyses of Saudi politics and the Saudi economy. June 8, 2021 Find out more In order to reverse this trend, RSF recommends that the Saudi authorities: RSF issues an “incident report” whenever it notes a major deterioration in one or more of the indicators that are used to determine a country’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index. It is intended to be a warning to the authorities in the country concerned. April 28, 2021 Find out more Once they are known, the reasons for these arrests have been indicative of a desire to silence independent and dissenting voices. Disseminating information that contradicts the official line tends to be seen as a threat to national security or as an insult to the country’s leaders. Receive email alerts March 9, 2021 Find out more
Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash University you Limerick campus aerialsPhoto: True MediaOne hundred-and-forty students will jet into Limerick from the African continent tomorrow, Tuesday, to study at the University of Limerick, and will have to isolate on UL’s campus for 14 days as part of international covid-19 travel protocols.The Algerian government is funding the PhD students to study at UL under a deal estimated to be worth over €10million to the university.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UL said the partnership is part a move by Algeria to move from French to English as the official language of teaching and learning in third level, and that all necessary protocols will be taken to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus.The 140 Algerian students who signed up for the four-year PhD last year have spent the past 12 months learning remotely, however although the group of students will arrive at the UL campus on Tuesday, they will have to carry on learning remotely until such restrictions are lifted at UL.It’s understood the 140 students will fly from Algeria into Shannon Airport.Latest statistics show there have been 103,833 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 2,836 COVID-related deaths in Algeria, with a population of just over 43 million (2019). According to Reuters COVID-19 world tracker, “COVID-19 infections are decreasing in Algeria, with 241 new infections reported on average daily.”When contacted, a UL spokesman said: “These students have been studying online since February of last year, but will travel to Limerick this week as part of the blended learning delivery of the programme. They have completed the first year of their PhD remotely and will now be in Limerick for three years.”“In advance of travelling to Limerick, the students have been isolating for 14 days in Algeria and are in possession of a negative PCR test. They will also restrict their movements for a further 14 days on their arrival.”The spokesman confirmed the students “will not be engaging in face-to-face teaching, it will be remote delivery in line with current government restrictions and they will be living in on-campus accommodation”.“They are coming to Limerick because the technological infrastructure and internet is not good across Algeria; for electronic access to the library, data bases, and other UL systems, it is easier for the students to be here,” they added.UL said that “travel for education has been deemed as essential under the government’s current restrictions, all incoming international students will receive an appropriate briefing on how to comply with prevailing public health measures in Ireland”.“Key principals for welcoming international students to Ireland were adopted by the higher education sector following extensive consultation with the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science,” the spokesman added.A spokesperson for Shannon Airport said they would not be making any comment.All those taking part are expected to return to university lecturing posts in Algeria once they complete their PhDs. They are arriving on a direct flight from Algiers organised by the Algerian government to Shannon Airport. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsBREAKING — 140 Algerian students jetting into Shannon to study on University of Limerick campus must self-isolate for 14 daysBy David Raleigh – January 18, 2021 4348 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Linkedin Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Previous articleWATCH: Munster Cross-Field Kick Try CompilationNext articleLimerick All-Ireland winner undergoes surgery David Raleigh Advertisement TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick
About Author: Mike Albanese Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe More Americans Struggling to Make Full House Payments Related Articles July 8, 2020 1,513 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / More Americans Struggling to Make Full House Payments Previous: Pandemic Policies and African American, Hispanic Borrowers Next: New CFO Named for Private Money Lender in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Thirty-two percent of Americans did not make a full, on-time housing payment is July, according to Apartment List. This is up slightly from 30% in June.The report added that missed payments are concentrated among renters, young and low-income households, and residents of dense urban areas.During the first week of July, 19% of Americans had made no housing payment, while an additional 13% paid just a portion of their monthly bill.However, of those that missed the payment in June, 89% said they paid that month’s bill as of the first week of July.The report added that 43% of households earning between $25,000 and $75,000 did not pay their full housing payment in July.Additionally, homeowners between the ages of 45-60 were found to miss the most payments at 22%. An additional 7% made a partial payment.Apartment List’s survey said the share of homeowners concerned about foreclosures rose from 14% to 17%.Black Knight’s latest report stated that with 4.1 million homeowners past due on their mortgage loans, the national delinquency rate is now 7.76%.Delinquencies jumped 20% and 1.3 percentage points higher in May, which Black Knight noted, “would have been the worst single month ever recorded if it weren’t for the 3.1 percentage point increase the month prior.”Today’s delinquency rate is up 4.5 percentage points from the 3.2% record low recorded back in January.While servicers have a major task now in assessing loans in forbearance, Black Knight said, “this will also provide an early look at roll rates of loans in active forbearance,” and the insight from this summer “can be used for downstream modeling on performance and the residual volume of loans in active forbearance in coming months.”The total number of loans that are either past due or in foreclosure is 4.3 million, up from 2.3 million at the end of March, according to Black Knight. However, the foreclosure rate is down by 5.8%. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Foreclosures late payments 2020-07-08 Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreclosures late payments Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago
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iStock/Thinkstock(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — A lawyer for the family of a man gunned down over a parking space in Florida called on lawmakers Thursday to change the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law to stop “wannabe cops from killing unarmed black men.”During a press conference in front of the Pinellas Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater, Florida, lawyer Benjamin Crump said the Stand Your Ground law has prompted an “epidemic” of unjustified shootings.Markeis McGlockton was killed one week ago after he shoved Michael Drejka, 47, to the ground when he saw Drejka berating his girlfriend for parking in a handicap zone.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Ocean City High SchoolWith the state paying the Ocean City School District about $14,000 apiece to educate what turned out to be 194 out-of-district students, the choice was easy.Ocean City dove into the new Interdistrict School Choice Program as a pilot district in 2010 and by this year reached $2.7 million in annual tuition payments from the state. The program allows students from other school districts to apply to attend Ocean City schools with the full cost picked up by the state.At the time, the district called the new program a “win for everybody.”Ocean City, which faced steadily declining enrollment from sending districts that pay tuition, saw the new program as a way to bring in revenue and maintain programs. Families saw the program as a chance to place children in a district that was a better fit. And Gov. Chris Christie made good on a promise to provide equal opportunities for students in all New Jersey school districts.But the program that seemed too good to be true may be just that.The state is now sending signals that the program could be too costly and is warning districts not to expand.“We’ve been told to start reeling it back,” Ocean City Board of Education President Joe Clark said at a public meeting last week. “If the program were to leave altogether, and it can, we’d be facing a $2.7 million deficit.”The state froze Ocean City’s “School Choice” seats at 194 for the coming year, and the only spots open are from students who have graduated or left the program.Ocean City had received a waiver from the state in 2014 to enroll siblings of students already accepted into the program. With that option now gone, the school district was faced with the task of telling many “School Choice” families they’ll have to send younger siblings to schools in different districts in different towns.At the its meeting on Aug. 12, the board announced it would allocate all open choice seats to ninth-graders.The decision reduces the district’s exposure if the program were to go away. Ocean City would be committed to educating the students for four years, instead of potentially 12. The board likened it to reeling back the program from the bottom up. The decision also allows a better chance for School Choice K-8 students in the Upper Township district to continue with their classmates at Ocean City High School.“This was not a decision made lightly,” Clark said in a prepared statement released by the district on Friday. “We are proud of our participation in the School Choice program which has enabled us to provide a robust education to all of the children in our schools. Ocean City’s participation in the program enabled the School District to provide a quality education to all students, while maintaining staff positions and upgrading facilities. But just as the school district took the lead five years ago joining school choice, we must again put all of our students first and re-examine our K-8 choice seat allocation due to the uncertainty of the state’s long-term ability to fund the program.”The original goal of the School Choice program was to provide educational opportunities to at-risk learners in 10 New Jersey schools. The program was made permanent in 2010 and expanded to 134 districts with more than 5,000 students enrolled.Challenges began to arise in 2013, when the NJDOE capped enrollment to the program and denied new district applications, the district suggested in its news release. State Education Commissioner David Hespe has gone on record about the possibility of the program being limited to children from lower-performing schools and those with a demonstrated need, according to the district.The school board formed an ad-hoc committee in January 2015 to review the School Choice program. In February, the district sent a letter to the families who submitted applications for the K-8 seats and informed them that the open seats for the 2015-2016 school year would be for ninth-grade students in order to provide them time to make alternate arrangements.The district said the recommendations of the ad-hoc committee supported the limiting of Ocean City’s participation in the program by allocating available choice seats to 9th graders who meet the set academic criteria.School board members last week suggested that while the program has been a great success for the district, it has not really met the mandate to provide better opportunities for at-risk students.Board member Fran Newman suggested that Ocean City’s School Choice population is made up more of students looking to get into a good college or to get away from social problems in their former districts than of underprivileged students.“The spirit of the law is to help at-risk kids,” board member Jacqueline McAlister said. “The letter of the law has been followed. The spirit of the law has not.”