THE RULESTHEN WE get into the juicier stuff, where panels, governing bodies, rules and testers get involved. As with the Racing three.According to WADA’s rules, glucocorticoids – like our mate cortisone – are prohibited in-competition, whether they are taken orally, through an intra-muscular injection, rectally or via intravenous drip. However, if a player needs an intra-muscular injection in-competition they can apply for a TUE to the relevant authority – here national-level players go to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD); international-level players will apply to World Rugby.The decision to grant a TUE comes down to a panel, with, say, three medical experts judging. Asked if this process could speed up at all, UKAD pointed to WADA’s rules: “The TUE Committee shall decide whether or not to grant the application as soon as possible, and usually (ie, unless exceptional circumstances apply) within no more than 21 days of receipt of a complete application.”World Rugby’s regulations give a time frame of up to 30 days. According to UKAD, a decision normally comes in quicker anyway, depending on the nature of the application and when the athlete next plays. The window to administer any injection shuts 12 hours before kick-off.When asked for further comment on painkiller use in rugby, a representative of World Rugby said they felt this was an ethical issue rather than one of doping, and as such was linked to individual risk management strategies. Giving direct advice is a union and club matter, they suggested, though they intoned that education is key and they strongly supported WADA’s stances.Illustration by Jamie LatchfordAn official spokesman stated: “World Rugby’s priority is player welfare and, as demonstrated by our published research (in October), the appropriate management of individual player load and recovery following injury is key to injury prevention.“Matches account for 70-75% of injuries and players are at greatest risk of injury when returning from injury or when injuries are unresolved. It is therefore appropriate that teams do not do anything that increases the chance of injury to high-risk players and this would be generally well adhered.”All unions approached to discuss the level of painkiller use within their systems agreed that players’ interests are at the heart of their plans. While in one instance it was suggested there was not enough data to comment on specifics, another made clear that when it came to prescription drugs the agreed manufacturer’s guidelines in place for dosage and those set out by WADA were adhered to. It was stated that players were made aware of what they were being given and why.An additional note came from the SRU’s Dr James Robson who finished: “The correct use of analgesics (pain relievers) has its use in the game, as they do in society more widely, but if we can resolve an injury through other means then we’ll also investigate that.”NOT ACCEPTING THE STATUS QUOIT IS heartening to hear governing bodies and unions say they want injury risk to be decreased and that players are treated as any patient should be. However, it could be difficult to keep track of it all. As Richard Ings, former CEO of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, insists, the important question is: “Does this sport have a definable, responsible, measurable policy on monitoring painkiller use and injections?”Ings wonders why WADA went from once having prohibition for painkilling injections to now having some leeway. Banning a substance comes down to three things, he says: If they are performance enhancing; if they are potentially damaging to an athlete; if their use contravenes integrity in sport.“Sport at the elite level is very demanding. You are expected to play well, you handle more pressure, you may have to play to keep a contract, and commercial interests are significantly raised. This is how performance-enhancing drugs slip into sport. Painkillers are not banned by WADA, but what are the rules and regulations? What are the standards within the sport? To combat that you need a really good club environment and a governing body with clear protocols and a culture in place. What about a no-needle policy outside of club doctors? The Australian Football League has a strong no-needle policy in place and though it is hard to enforce, at least it appears an effort is being made.”Taking a toll: Andrew Coombs has had numerous surgeries post-rugbyThe human cost of keeping players playing can be easily dismissed in a game where, at the elite end, for every young man or woman dropping out there is a willing replacement. They might not be as good – which may lead to key players being called on more often – but if someone’s out they can be easy to ignore.Look at Andrew Coombs, once of the Dragons and Wales. He has had eight knee operations in the wake of a dislocated patella. The 32-year-old former forward will likely have two more operations. He has had extreme issues with his injuries but although he was on the region’s group medical insurance policy, he is no longer a Dragons employee and the club no longer have medical treatment insurance. Coombs is paying thousands of pounds more than he hoped to.There is more. For the past 14 months, after many operations, his body is worn down. He is ill incredibly often. Every little thing knocks him off his stride. He must deal with chronic pain and regularly discussing pain management strategies with consultants. This is the toll playing the game can have. You could argue that is the risk all players run, willingly. But what can we say about the lifestyle leading to up to this?“My locker was full of medication just to get through training,” Coombs reveals. “You become your own chemist in a way. I saw players go to the local GP away from the club. I certainly did. I suffered from a bad back and remember getting naproxen and diclofenac – you just want to stay in the job for as long as possible.”Illustration by Jamie LatchfordCoombs has memories of a coach screaming at him to “just f*** off!” when he pulled out of a captain’s run, in pain. He has seen physios, diligent medics with welfare at the heart of their thinking, being pressured to put players on the park.Coombs came to the pro game relatively late, at 25, so had no problem fighting his corner. But like Moody he wants young athletes who slide into the top of the sport early to know they can stand up for themselves. He regularly meets with other players spat out of the pro machine. It’s hard not to view these broken players as collateral.Ings believes there is only so much responsibility an athlete can take – that their education is third on a list behind professional and ethical medical support at source and appropriate protocols and cultures at the level of governance. But then Coombs and Burger both suggest there is one other area where education and outside monitoring is needed – when players are sent home from the hospital after major surgeries. Because sometimes these guys are the most at risk…ADDICTIONEBEN JOUBERT has enjoyed setting up a family life in The Hague. As an Afrikaaner with a German wife, the language barrier has not proved too strenuous to cope with and it’s great to settle after a pro rugby trip that took him from Pretoria to the fringes of the Blue Bulls and then on to Otago’s provincial side. But all of this pales in comparison to his personal journey.In 2010, in a Ranfurly Shield tie against Southland, a scrum collapsed and tighthead Kees Meeuws fell on the flanker, dislocating Joubert’s shoulder. Eventually he went for reconstruction, hoping it would begin his healing process. But months of torment followed.Going hard: Eben Joubert from his time with OtagoHe recalls: “After my operation the surgeon went to Europe for eight weeks. I didn’t get better. I was in the worst possible pain – I thought it’d never go. They thought it was just nerve damage so another doctor prescribed me with amitriptyline and gabapentin. But it didn’t help. After two weeks it was still no use.“In New Zealand they still prescribe methadone (for pain management) and I had been on morphine in hospital – they just upped my dosage. So I had been on methadone and had oxycodone. I had to do it, it was never a choice. I needed the high number of pills to maintain my sanity. When my surgeon came back and heard what I was taking, his face went white. After all of this he pretty much marched me to hospital to clear out some infections. I had six operations in three weeks. They took the screw out of my shoulder as it turned out that’s where the infection was. They had to get me off everything to do that and I said, ‘Aw great, no painkillers.’ When they stopped it my body went into serious withdrawal. By five o’clock that first day I couldn’t stop shaking.”The upshot of all of this? “I was addicted.”According to Joubert, with his surgeon away he got three different diagnoses from three different docs. The pain was so bad he barely slept. He struggled on, trying not to be soft, and took massive doses. If he was sat watching TV he’d pop a pill, think nothing more of it. He needed it.Back in South Africa for Christmas, he decided to kick the habit and aimed for a return to play. He managed to wean himself off the pills in a fight Rob Nichol of the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association (NZRPA) tells Rugby World deserves our strongest praise. Joubert is happy to share his story and is grateful for the “special” help he got from Nichol and Dave Gibson of the NZRPA and Dr Simon McMahon, his surgeon. He feels it’s important to shine a light on what is an enormous social issue – in 2016 the head of addiction charity DrugWise said of prescription painkiller abuse in the UK: “We are in the midst of a great public health disaster, which is killing hundreds of people a year and ruining the lives of millions.”When in serious pain, you can understand how some fall into abuse. But Joubert also touches on a social snare when he mentions “blueys” in passing.Opened up: Former NRL hero Matt Cooper has spoken about his issues with painkiller abuseTo understand what this means, Rugby World spoke to a man with Super Rugby and Champions Cup experience who wished to remain anonymous. He explains that taking sleeping pills – blueys – like diazepam on a night out engenders lightheadedness. Staying awake is the thrill. But it can become slippery.“In no way do I want this to sound like a good thing,” he warns. “It’s absolute naivety but it is an issue. Maybe only a few dudes per team try it once but there are men who go out and try something stronger. It’s not widespread and they never think they’ll get addicted, but I know a few players who are and who always try to source it.“My first experience came when I was injured and was given codeine. It was my first real experience of prescription drugs. It changed my perception. I didn’t take a lot but it made me feel funny.“I remember one time I got prescribed tramadol. At the time it made me feel like I had no worries in the world. It took me away from myself, changed my mindset. I remember being injured and in my spare time looking for a buzz. I ended up taking more. You see other guys who are injured – ‘Hey mate, if you’re not taking any…’ No, you can’t have more.“Your body adapts quickly. This creates an issue. It is irresponsible and genuinely naïve and it’s about people recognising this. You take this stuff and then you need to double the dosage to feel the same. That’s why prescription meds are addictive. You get a buzz from tramadol initially and then you have to take more. You’re bored and you try it again but it’s not the same… you need more. That’s the trap.”CONCLUSIONTHERE IS something in the tone of the last source that pleads for watchfulness. I wracked my brains. With Cudmore wanting a bigger bench, Ings on a no-needle policy, and a few asking for stronger monitoring of players returning from surgery, I considered whether I needed bazooka-style bullet points highlighting what I feel we can do about this. But in straining to pin a firm list down, the answer hit me hard: I don’t have to.From the off the point was to make one big statement: It’s time to seriously talk about this. “OUR DOC used to walk around with a frisbee full of painkillers before the game.” It’s the kind of sentence that stops you in your steps, but as it was said during small talk at the buffet of a corporate box at a sevens event, it was enough to make you inhale a sausage roll.The line was put out by an ex-Premiership stalwart, looking back with a wince. But it was a statement with queries tacked on, an invitation to answer doubts: Does this kind of thing still go on and if it does, is it really something worth worrying about as he did?A few former gladiators were asked: “Am I barking up the wrong tree?” There was some reticence, yet in asking around about painkiller use in rugby there were often new, unexplored lines of inquiry to be teased out like inky black strands of silk. In the process we discussed pressure to play, stomach aches resulting from frequent use, those popping pills like candy and even the social abuse of painkillers.We love the game, all fire and confrontation. But we had to ask about rugby’s relationship with pain…GOING THROUGH THE WRINGERIllustration by Jamie LatchfordON A FARM in Stampriet, some 300 miles south of the Namibian capital Windhoek, in the middle of a drought, Jacques Burger finds a spot with some signal so he can talk. Burger is one of those men who embody ‘physicality’ – that word that only really exists in rugby. Some players put their hide on the line, but to have seen Burger throw himself into the fray was to see Wile E Coyote coming back with tyre tracks across his chest. Seven knee operations, three shoulder ops and a full cheekbone reconstruction due to the excesses of contact he’d taken on; if anyone can talk about playing through pain it’s the retired flanker.“In my last three years, every day I took painkillers,” the Saracens icon says. “It was a way of life. It was mostly paracetamol and ibuprofen, but that can be hard for the stomach. Some guys take co-codamol but it made me sleepy. Celebrex is an anti-inflam (drug) that is easier on the stomach.“I took them every day, but not every day now. In the last year I cut down a bit because the danger is it can lose its effect. I knew I’d stop playing, adjust. I was lucky. At Saracens the club docs were very wise and looked after you. I’ll not name names but there are some places where they take everything out of you.”Burger aches to point out the professional, thorough manner his last club used with him. He is comfortable knowing that others receive the same fine treatment. But will is a powerful driver. Burger is aware there will be a legacy of him pummelling through rugby. He would change nothing. He loved it, even – especially – after long lay-offs, wondering if he’d play again. But it was hard getting him out on the grass.“I wanted to be ready, powerful or managing things. I’d do anything and it takes its toll. It’s a tough one. There is no miracle drug to make it all better, just stuff that picks you up. You use it at your own discretion. If someone said of ibuprofen: ‘Take this’, I’d use it because getting through the pain was important.”He issues a warning for youngsters never to take any pressure to play lying down. Make the most of your talents but accept nothing. As he says: “No one wants to see their childhood heroes at 50 as broken men.”He will never tell kids not to play – he feels rugby builds you as a person. Burger’s game was powered by a desire to squeeze every last drop of blood out of his talents. But he also feels education and protection are a fundamental necessity for players. He wants everyone from club docs, World Rugby bods and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) to spread the word, so players know more about what is acceptable to put yourself through and what you should take.A hard man: Jacques Burger had the respect of his fellow professionalsUnderstandably some do push through games for the glory at stake. That was hard to ignore as news broke via L’Equipe that Racing 92’s Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff were under the scrutiny of French anti-doping authorities after testing positive for the use of banned corticosteroids in the build-up to last season’s Top 14 final against Toulon.Given Carter’s fame, the story generated global coverage. The agent representing the All Black great and Rokocoko slammed the leak, with his men reportedly “disgusted and sickened” by it all. The players were cleared by the French federation as they had the appropriate Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) in place – ie, clearance from anti-doping agencies and their experts to use the injections.Racing released a spiky statement that began: “The term corticosteroid has strong emotional connotations because it can correspond to immoral and illegal conduct. It also corresponds to legal conduct, justified by medical science.”They had the TUEs and everything was above board. But what of the culture where stars push through in order to shoot for silverware – this is simply human, right? When news of the Racing tests broke, I began chatting to David Flatman about his experiences. He had seen good people work around the clock to get players out on the field and he had good and bad experiences of painkilling and anti-inflammatory injections. He suffered an Achilles “blown to bits” because of a cortisone injection, but had others that were more effective. In his own words he would have taken a thousand injections if it meant more rugby. And anyway, most rugby players are just better at dealing with pain than your average Joe.“I would agree with that,” says one-cap Wallaby Beau Robinson of players’ durability. The former Queensland Reds flanker, now at Doncaster Knights in the English Championship, had gone through hurting himself for the sake of possible gongs.In 2012, after someone fell on him on a cold day in Auckland, he damaged his foot. For the rest of his season he played on it until it became a stress fracture. At the time the Aussie union had moved from having junior teams linked with franchises to centralised academies, so squads were smaller. But the Reds were reigning Super Rugby champions and backed themselves to go far again. In the end they were in the hunt for a home semi-final but fell to the Sharks before they got the chance. Was that season torturous?On the charge: Beau Robinson playing for Queensland Country“Well, a thing like that, with the foot, it’s going to be getting worse and worse with every step,” says Robinson. “I was missing training and wasn’t really training by the end. I had the option to get a scan during the June Test window but didn’t want to know how bad it was. It wouldn’t get better but I didn’t want to know the severity.”Much like Flatman, Robinson believes he had all the best advice and recommendations and leeway. The importance of informed consent comes in here – he is an adult and he knew what he was risking. He did it anyway. He toughed it out because he wanted to. Much like the great Richie McCaw did in 2011, winning a World Cup on a broken foot. Robinson made his own call. He clarifies.“It does come down to the individual and there are contact injuries you’ll not get in, say, football. But if you’ve got good medics they’ll take you through the options. They have your best interests at heart and are putting decisions in your hands, no pressure. Look, of course coaches can put pressure on the medical staff. At the Reds I always felt very comfortable. Had it been a different coach, a different team, who knows.”EXPLOITATIONThere is the rub. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be treated brilliantly all the time. Particularly not when jobs are on the line. Some can be pressured to play, some can hide things. But there are also some hard, hard men asking serious questions now.In France, Canadian bruiser Jamie Cudmore is pushing his Rugby Safety Network. He finds it horrifying that we can clap in delight as a player like James Horwill nearly gets his finger ripped off, then straps it up and insists on playing on. Or that, in some places he has heard of, clubs and wins are being put ahead of an individual’s welfare. He says he would not be able to count on his fingers how many times he and others have conspired to push him through to play by several means. “I wanted to play so they gave me the tools – strappings or injections. I’m a big boy and I took my decisions seriously. But I wanted to play and I’ll be a pretty decrepit old man.”Drawing defenders: Canadian lock Jamie Cudmore whilst with ClermontHe’d love to see World Rugby make the bench bigger and for each team to have a full-time doctor who knows their group intimately. He also wants issues like major injuries and concussion to be taken a bit more seriously in some places, with more outside medical help potentially coming in to assist.Then there is the issue of exploitation. Cudmore has “heard horror stories about the ProD2 and Fédérale 1 and 2”. There are rumours of referees’ reports on injuries, particularly concussions, being suppressed or rejected by club officials while some players are run into the ground.Dan Leo, the retired Samoa lock and now campaigner for Pacific Island players’ rights, worries about young islanders being taken advantage of in such a manner. “You have to be aware of the cultural side of it,” he tells Rugby World. “Sometimes a (Pacific Islander) will say yes when they don’t really mean yes. They can be susceptible to being pressured. Then they can come into a macho environment where signs of weakness are not appreciated. It’s a dangerous industry, but then there is also the non-sustainable economy of the islands – if remittances were to stop from Pacific Islanders living abroad, it could collapse. Guys who don’t want to risk that can play through injuries. There may be pressure from coaches or clubs but I reckon the pressure to provide for those at home is a much heavier burden!”LONDON, ENGLAND – Last posting: Dan Leo evades Bristol during his time with London IrishWith younger and younger players journeying around the world to earn a living, Leo wants to teach as many as possible to ask why; not just to accept unfavourable terms. He wants them to look after their bodies better, and he wants no to mean no. He mourns three Pacific Islanders who in the past three years felt their only way out from their desperate lifestyle was to take their own lives. And to a lesser extent, he has been frustrated by personal experiences where a club promised him time off that never materialised.Cudmore sums up his view succinctly: “Playing hurt is one thing. Playing injured has got to stop.”THE MEDICAL IMPACTLewis Moody cannot prove it, but he is certain the amount of painkillers and anti-inflammatories he took as a player contributed to him developing chronic inflammation of the colon: ulcerative colitis. It was something he kept to himself at first, but in time he had to change his whole life to factor in the pain and unpredictability of his using the toilet.He explains his hardship. “It wasn’t until 2005 that I got diagnosed with colitis. I had horrific stomach cramp. There was blood left there in the toilet.“I was taking drugs so I could play, like ibuprofen and diclofenac. It was like I was a walking medicine cabinet. I don’t think I’d change much about my life, but I would probably change my lax approach to this.Mad dog: Former England captain Lewis Moody has spoken out“I remember one story. We were on a bus. It was almost like a kind of challenge to see how many ‘smarties’ we could take. Around then I was 27 or 28, in 2008, and I would be s****ing myself, essentially. Losing blood, losing weight. I certainly didn’t understand that. I didn’t ask questions then.“I don’t think you’ll ever change the single-minded sportsman, but I think they could be better informed (about the risks of taking such pills). You want to play, no bother, but what about when you’re 40? Make guys aware now that they have a choice but they must also take advice. Not everyone will struggle but why take a risk?”Although Moody’s recollections may shock, he is not the only one who has had gut trouble. Burger took extra medication due to his painkiller use. Remember Celebrex was easier on his tummy than ibuprofen? The build-up of pills caused him some stomach ache.Another tough cookie, Paul O’Connell, mentioned this issue in his book The Battle. He wrote: “In that little battle with my own body, anti-inflammatories were my friend. After taking Difene, I felt like I could play for another five years.“Towards the end of my career, for a Saturday game I took Difene on Friday and Saturday. It was like a miracle drug, except it could disagree with my stomach. So I took Zoton, an indigestion tablet that dissolves on the tongue and lines the stomach. By kick-off the body felt – at least for a while – pretty much symptom-free. No aches, no pains, nothing.“I was always conscious that anti-inflammatories needed to be taken in moderation. I hated it whenever I had to take Difene to play. Rugby needs to exert vigilance over legal painkilling medication, because when people’s livelihoods are at stake it’s human nature that some will go too far and do themselves long-term harm chasing short-term goals.”A big figure: Paul O’Connell has written about the issuePainkillers are advertised on public transport. People pop ibuprofen as a quick fix. I certainly have. But Celebrex and ibuprofen are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). All NSAIDs are associated with gastro-intestinal toxicity, ulcers and bleeding – in some terrible cases, renal failure – though Celebrex has slightly fewer side-effects. Co-codamol is paracetamol and codeine combined… and here’s a fun fact: although it’s a weak opioid, 5-15% of codeine is metabolised to morphine after ingestion. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World looks into the culture of painkiller use in rugby – from the lengths players may go to in order to stay on the field to potentially harmful social issues. This first appeared in the April 2017 issue of Rugby World magazine. TAGS: Investigation The ills of playing through pain and of any excessive painkiller use may not negatively affect the majority, but awareness that an issue does exist is key. Going back to my original source with this, he ended with one simple sentiment: “I hope it helps.”This first appeared in the April 2017 issue of Rugby World magazine. For the latest subscription offers, click here. And to download the digital edition, click here.
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2014 ArchDaily Block 32 / Tectoniques Architects CopySocial Housing, Office Buildings•Lyon, France Projects Year: Area: 5241 m² Area: 5241 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/523213/block-32-tectoniques-architects Clipboard “COPY” photographs: On Stage Photographs: On Stage Engineers:QuadriplusEnvironment:EtamineTranslator:Kim BarrettCost:6,960 M € H.T.Conception, Writing And Press Contact:Anne RollandCity:LyonCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© On StageRecommended ProductsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Fiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridText description provided by the architects. Block 32 occupies a strategic position in the vast programme to renovate the Duchère neighbourhood, in Lyon. The OPAC du Rhône housing association has produced a building which incorporates 33 social rental housing units, 1,500m2 of office space dedicated to health-related activities, and has retail space throughout the ground floor. Its central location, at the crossroads between the new Abbé Pierre square and the east / west boulevard, means it is highly visible and its proximity to the athletics hall imposes the need for a resoundingly urban attitude.Save this picture!© On StageFollowing on from the architects’ work on the Mozart urban development zone in Saint-Priest, the intention was to meet the new challenges of the urban environment, promote the use of wood as a material and show that urban living can be pleasurable and fun.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanDespite the technical complexity of the building, the architectural style is soft and joyful. A different architectural style denotes each of the programme’s components: social housing, the service hub (medical centre), and the retail space at the base.A resoundingly urban attitudeVarious factors relating to the site and the urban planning specifications mean this project has to strike an affirmatively urban posture. The proximity of the athletics hall1 is the main determining factor as the north facade of the housing block is less than 7 metres from the south facade of the sports facility. The scale and unusual shape of the hall make it a benevolent, but demanding neighbour. The focus was placed on developing the links between the new building and the sports facility. To the east, the steps of the square absorb the significant difference in height. To the west the communal garden, suspended above the shops, occupies the gap between the two buildings.Save this picture!© On StageBlock 32 acts as an urban facade, preserving the alignment along the road and marking the angles to the east and the west. This form is accentuated by the height of the building, with eight floors for the housing block and six floors for the office space creating a high-density ensemble. The shape of the plot of land is ideal for construction and offers advantageous north and south aspects. The significant height difference from east to west is absorbed by the unifying base that forms a pedestal for the project.Mixed-use programmeThe programme, which adopts the now standard mixed-use approach, is itself an urban microcosm. The two basement floors offer 57 parking spaces. There is 972 m2 of retail space on the ground floor which constitutes the shared base for the 33 housing association flats and the 1,500 m2 medical centre.Save this picture!© On StageIn terms of style, the different components form a whole, a complete architectural work within which each of the different programmes remains distinct. The domesticity of the housing block is complemented by the more abstract design of the office block, while the retail space opens up readily onto the surrounding public spaces.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe ground floor and first floor which run the entire length of the complex form a glazed pedestal which supports the body which is composed of the two buildings separated by a discontinuity which opens up views onto the inner sections of the complex and the athletics hall. The base of the building effects the transition between the private and public space, with its very specific topography, characterised by a height difference of around 2.5 metres. Above the housing block, an attic floor set back from the main facade crowns the building, marked out by the use of different materials.Mixed constructionThe construction systems used are also mixed, with materials used where they offer the best possible performance. The main structure is concrete. The facades are composed of a wooden frame.Save this picture!© On StageThe concrete was used for its structural and acoustic qualities. The wood was chosen first and foremost for its qualities as a material, but also for the way it could be used in the prefabrication of the components that make up the facade.Save this picture!© On StageTwo factors made it a particularly suitable material for this project. Wood compound walls offer the same level of performance at a reduced thickness compared to concrete compound walls. Across the seven floors of housing this frees up the equivalent of 60 m2 of living space. The use of prefabricated components also meant the building work could be carried out quickly and safely on a site with very specific constraints, notably due to the close proximity to the athletics hall. The north facade was built in just three weeks.Save this picture!SectionFor acoustic reasons the light facades are separated from the flooring. They form a mantle wall which passes over the edge of the slab, producing a seamless envelope.A slender building / dense facadesThe housing block is deliberately slender, the depth of living space measures just 8 metres plus the balconies on the south facade, and with the addition of the external hallways on the north facade. This allows all the apartments to benefit from a dual north and south aspect, as each unit runs fully from one side of the building to the other. This exposure develops a generous relationship with the surrounding nature, the new square to the south, and the Monts d’Or to the north. The architectural intent is clear when the profile of the building is viewed from the western corner. The simple organisation of the housing units follows bioclimatic principles: living areas to the south; kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms to the north.To the south, generous, two metre-wide balconies offer attractive living spaces and protection from the sun. The windows are larger than standard and compensate for the compact interiors whose dimensions comply with social housing standards.Save this picture!© On StageThe facade is made up of multiple layers formed by a range of additional features: guard rails of vertical wood slats, yellow cellar-boxes which pattern the structure, balcony partitions, shutters and panels and structural columns.Save this picture!© On StageThe main facade at the back of the balcony is covered with wood-based fibre and thermosetting resin panels, with a subtle metallic finish, and the front facade with pre-weathered douglas fir slats.Save this picture!Upper Floor PlanTo the north, the thick facade houses the walkways that connect the apartments and the stairwells at the corners of the building which provide vertical access. The walkways, situated on the outside of the building, are wide and open to the distant landscape. The staircases are protected with a perforated metallic cover which maintains a certain level of privacy, opaque from the outside, transparent from the inside.A solid block / light facadesThe office block which houses the medical centre is built in a different style, more abstract, more neutral, with predominantly horizontal lines. The curtain facade is composed of alternating sections of pre-weathered timber cladding boards and wide glazed strips. They form overlapping, offset pieces which interconnect like large scales. This gives the covering a textile-like appearance, lighter and less constructed than the housing block.Save this picture!© On StageIn the same way, the two programmes are distinguished by their shape, with the medical centre, unlike the housing block, forming one homogenous block on all four sides. This reflects the typology of the inside floor plan, composed of large open spaces, with each of the main facades tending towards the public space outside: the south facade towards the square, the north facade towards the athletics hall and the east facade towards the square in front of the hall.Save this picture!RenderingThe fifth facade, overlooked by the neighbouring buildings, has been treated with care with its green roof, and is where the domestic hot water collectors are located.Project gallerySee allShow less”Casa Futebol” Proposes a Different Olympic Legacy For Brazil’s StadiumsMiscModern Masters Of Materiality: An Interview With Australia’s Tonkin Zulaikha GreerArticlesProject locationAddress:La Duchère, Lyon, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” Save this picture!© On Stage+ 23 Share Year: 2014 France Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/523213/block-32-tectoniques-architects Clipboard Architects: Tectoniques Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeTectoniquesOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingOfficesOffice buildingsLyonRetailHousingMixed UseOffice BuildingsFrancePublished on July 10, 2014Cite: “Block 32 / Tectoniques Architects ” 10 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Home Indiana Agriculture News Harvest Challenges Continue Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Oct 28, 2019 SHARE Harvest Challenges ContinueHeavy rains, winds, and possibly snow are all adding to the many challenges farmers are facing this harvest. Farmers in NW Indiana were able to make good harvest progress last week, but 2 inches of weekend rain brought that to a halt. Pioneer agronomist Ryan Piel says the continuing harvest will be slow and challenging.“When you look at the forecast for the end of the week, it calls for another inch of rain. From here on out, it is going to be a challenge.”According to the latest USDA numbers, 45% of the Indiana corn harvest is complete and 71% of the soybeans are in. Nationally, 61% of the corn has been harvested, and 69% of the soybeans have been cut.Piel worries the corn that is in the field will not be able to stand much more severe weather.“If you do a pinch test or just kick the base of the stalk, they just crumble. Stalk stress is a real problem this harvest.”Piel added he has not had a lot of reports of downed corn but worries over the next few weeks that growers are going to face some serious lodging.Moisture continues to be a challenge. Piel says it is unlikely the corn is going to get much dryer.“A lot of guys are still seeing 30% moisture corn. I do not think we are going to see the kind of drying conditions that are needed to crop this corn much more.”The average temperature in Indiana for last week was 52.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.2 degrees above normal for the state. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.06 – 4.09 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 2.37 inches.While corn yields are better than expected, it is going to be very expensive to dry the crop for storage.Piel adds, “I have had a lot of customers complain about how much gas it is taking to dry the crop and how expensive that is.” Harvest Challenges Continue SHARE Previous articleHAT Commentary: Nothing Like It in the WorldNext articleThe HAT Soil Health Podcast- Fall/Winter Grazing Considerations Gary Truitt
Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Faith & Religion Events All Saints Sunday November 2, 2014 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:01 pm Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff On Sunday, November 2, All Saints Church celebrates its parish feast day when everyone traditionally honor relatives and friends who have died within the past year. At all services, All Saints Memorial Book, containing the names of those loved ones will be placed on the altar.At 9 & 11:15 a.m. Coventry Choir and Chamber Orchestra will offer Requiem by Anton Bruckner, a work of remarkable beauty and power. Because incense will be used during the 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. services, there will be an â€œIncense-Freeâ€ zone in the Guild Room. Ed Bacon preaches at the 7:30, 9 and 11:15 a.m. services.For more information, contact Debbie Daniels, at (626) 583-2750 or [email protected] Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 583-2725 or visit allsaints-pas.org. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.
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Facebook Second Baptist hosts 65th live nativity For the past 64 years, members of the Second Baptist Church in Odessa have celebrated the Christmas season with a live nativity scene to share with the community. The church will have the opportunity to make it 65 years this December, with a slightly different look. The 30-minute experience will be available to the public from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the church, located at 711 E. 17th St. The live nativity tableau is something that members of the church look forward to every year. Given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Pastor Jackie Brem said that finding a way to put on the event and do so safely was even more important in 2020. “There was concern and discussion as to whether we could pull it off and we’re going to have to do a few things differently in order to pull that off,” Brem said. “But at the same time, it’s something that has been part of what Second Baptist has been about and it’s been a gift to our community since 1955.” The nativity scene this year will still include the usual narration of the birth of Christ along with music and live animals. This year, however, Brem added that the scene will be different as the shepherds and wise men will be spread out to comply with social distancing guidelines. Spectators will also still be allowed, but Brem also is asking those who go to stay in their family group and keep their distance from other groups. “It’s been a challenge to figure out how we can go about doing it in this time of COVID,” he said. “At this time, the message of hope and peace of Christmas is definitely what our community needs and what our world needs.” Second Baptist Church member Jerry Robinson and his wife, Jency, have been part of the tableau since it first began. Jerry said that the first year they did that he was a shepherd while Jency was an angel. They’ve also stood as Mary and Joseph as well. For both of them, standing in silence provides a moment to meditate and take everything in. “It gives us a time to reflect on what Jesus Christ has done for us,” Jerry said. “As we listen to the music, it just feels like you’re having a spiritual renewal.” Martha Herrington has also been one of the longtime members of the church who have participated in the annual event. She says that she enjoys seeing the reactions of kids and families who take everything in, whether it’s for the first time or if it’s become an annual tradition. “We feel like things will go well and we had to change so many things because of the virus but I think it will be encouraging for people to see that we’re going to do it again,” Herrington said. “It’s something positive and reinforces the spirit.” One other addition for this year’s celebration is that people will have a chance to share their stories through social media on the church’s Facebook page. Brem added that there will also be testimonials from those who have participated in past standings to give others a chance to share their unique story. Brem has been the lead pastor at Second Baptist since 2016 and says that being able share that experience with others is something that he cherishes ever year “It’s so important for and it’s meant so much to me to be able to proclaim the message of Christ in our community with not just words but with the tableau.” He added: “It’s a time of reflection to slow down from the busyness and craziness of life and the Christmas season and to reflect on the hope of the Advent story.” Pinterest Previous articleNew nursing director faces challenges at ECISDNext articleCATES: The COVID vaccination Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – December 21, 2020 Local News Facebook Twitter Twitter
Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Nicole Casperson Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage Single Family Rental Previous: Lenders: Top 5 Cities with Fastest Income Growth Next: FHFA Data Shows Decrease in Short Sales, Deeds-in-Lieu Amherst Capital Management released a new paper on Tuesday titled, “U.S. Single-Family Rental—Institutional Activity in 2016/2017,” revealing that institutional ownership of single-family rental (SFR) homes surpassed 200,000 homes in 2016.As investors continue to capture a growing share of the expanding SFR market, the data reveals that the biggest takeaway is that total institutional investment in SFR homes reached $33 billion at the end of 2016.While $33 billion is a “big leap” for an asset class that has little institutional involvement until six to seven years ago, the paper notes that this represents only a “teensy drop in the bucket compared to the total value of single family homes which we estimate at about $26 trillion. Even among the 15 million or so single-family rentals, institutions own less than 2 percent.”According to Sandeep Bordia, Head of Research and Analytics at Amherst Capital, as institutional activity in the SFR market continues to increase, it is driven by relatively attractive valuations, modestly strong home price appreciation, and stable financing.“Our data shows that newer entrants and mid-sized institutions accounted for the majority of institutional SFR home purchases over the last year, compared to a slowdown in buying activity among larger institutional holders,” said Bordia. “We believe that evolving demographics, financial factors and shifting consumer preferences, will keep demand for SFR homes elevated over the coming years.”Amherst Capital describes several notable shifts occurring in the SFR space, including, including, “newer entrants and mid-sized institutions have increased market share of institution-owned SFR homes, compared to a buying slowdown among larger institutions and institutional SFR buying shifted geographically to the Southeast and Midwest U.S., away from Western markets prioritized by early SFR entrants.”In addition, the paper notes that recent institutional SFR activity demonstrates that the demand for SFR homes will remain strong.To view the full paper, click here. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] HOUSING mortgage Single Family Rental 2017-10-10 Nicole Casperson The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Market Update on SFR Activity October 10, 2017 1,231 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Market Update on SFR Activity Subscribe