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Do drones replace fireworks?

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One can really ask the question, as the drone technology has made a lot of progress in recent years.
First of all, drones can do a lot of things that were not possible thanks to the miniaturization of electronic components. They are often equipped with high definition cameras. But they can do many other things. They can :

  • send flames
  • send insecticide to destroy Asian wasp or hornet nests
  • carry packages as for the Amazon company
  • carry people like Airbus
  • and lots of other properties
Firework 1

They can also simply be equipped with light of all colors.
Another property is very interesting: the flight of drones can be controlled by distance, and directed through a computer program. As a result, they can very accurately coordinate their flight not related to each other and perform an overall flight.
So we begin to see shows of hundreds, and sometimes thousands of drones with fairies of color and movement in the dark sky.

Firework 2

What are the benefits of these shows compared to conventional fireworks?

  • Less noise, even if the flight of drones is not perfectly silent.
  • Indeed, fireworks often frighten birds and some die
  • An infinity of figures in the sky, computer programs being unlimited
  • Better environmental protection because more particles are released into nature with fireworks

On the other hand, it is necessary to regulate the risk of falling of a drone on spectators. The obvious solution is to make these shows over risk-free areas: lake, river, mountain, …

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Real estate for sale

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The magic expression that one seeks when one walks in a city is: real estate for sale, or real estate homes for sale, or homes for sale.
Real estate agents have many ways to communicate when they want to offer a house for sale:

  • Put posters on the window of their shop
  • Put house ads for sale in specialized magazines
  • More and more, put ads on social networks like Twitter or Instagram
  • The most classic way: put a poster on the front of the house for sale.

And it is true that this last possibility is effective. Indeed, many people want to buy a house in a city or a particular neighborhood. While walking, they can see what are the houses for sale, the advantages of this house as the appearance, the garden, the proximity of shops, public transport and potential nuisances such as noise, power lines, exposure to the sun, noisy neighborhood.

Chrysler Building

That’s why real estate agents give a special importance to the sales panels that are installed on the properties.
But these agents sometimes face the reluctance of the owner of the house.
What are the reasons ?
Sometimes the owner does not want to indicate that his house is for sale, by discretion. Indeed, if this person is often on a business trip, it may indicate to thieves that his house is empty at this time.
Other owners consider that a sales sign on a property is not aesthetic. Moreover, we advise real estate agents to work on the aesthetics of their sales panels to counter this difficulty.

Jean Nouvel building

Finally, a sales sign can tell other real estate agents that this house is for sale. As a result, the landlord may be beset by phone calls from real estate agents who also wish to sell this home.

In conclusion, a sales sign bearing the mention “real estate for sale” is very useful for a house sale but it is careful that this panel does not cause difficulties for the home owner.

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Home renovation

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Renovate or buy a house, what is the best strategy?
I will not tell you what the answer is to this question, because it is not easy.
First of all, what is the point of having a new house built? We can cite several:

  • Choose the number of rooms you want, rooms, bathroom, kitchen
  • Choose the surface of the pieces you want
  • Choose the orientation in relation to the sun and the wind
  • Choose the number of windows, the size, and all those kinds of things
  • Have insurance in case of poor workmanship
New house

But there are several disadvantages:

  • Seeking land to build
  • Check that this land is well located
  • Choosing a good home builder
  • Well check all connections, water, electricity, phone

We see, build your house is not necessarily very simple. And we can make many mistakes that we will see once the construction done.

And there is a saying that says it’s the third house build that gets the perfect home.
So, why not buy a house already built? This is indeed a solution for people who have already built a house and do not want it anymore.
The benefits are many:

  • No work to do (beware, there are sometimes bad surprises …)
  • Faster availability
Renovated house

But there are also disadvantages:

  • Work to do in case of unpleasant surprises
  • A profitability not necessarily good: the cost of buying the house plus renovation costs may cost more than a new house
  • Standards not updated: if the house is relatively old, you may have to redo the electricity or plumbing.

So what is the solution ?
It’s hard to make the right choice. In my opinion, the first step is to get help from professionals, either home builders, real estate agents, or architects, to help you with your problem. And to interview people who have already bought or had a house built before you. And, importantly, if you have spotted a land to buy or a house, do a neighborhood survey: the neighbors will help you.

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New in inflatable objects

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In the construction of apartments or houses, hard materials such as concrete or brick are often used.
But we forget that we are in the era of innovation: many technologies such as 3D printing allow us to think about the construction of tomorrow.
One approach is to use inflatable objects.

One can for example use these inflatable objects to build a gigantic structure in the courtyard of a building:

Inflatable architecture

You can also use large inflatable balls with light and colors to decorate the interior of a house:

Bubbletecture

You can also make furniture in inflatable objects. Convenient to move, just deflate:

Bubble furniture

We can finally create structures such as bridges or tunnels in inflatable material:

Bubble tunnel

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Inflatable architecture

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Pools in the sky

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As you know, I like bold constructions. And among these, hanging pools are one of my preferences. You will find at the bottom of this post some references.
At first, I wanted to introduce you to the crazy project of an architect. This is to make a swimming pool hanging over a Norwegian fjord.

Some balconies are arranged above this pool to enjoy the show:

Pool in Norway
Pool in Norway 2

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Pool in Norway

Also a swimming pool hanging in Honolulu:

Pool in Honolulu

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Pool in Honolulu

And finally, a swimming pool which is at the top of a skyscraper, completely transparent and without rim, what give you the thrill:

Pool in London

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Pool in London

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Architecture plans

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Many people would like to get architectural plans. Why ?
When you want to build a house, you have to go to a builder or a real estate developer. Each company has its own list of house plans.
So you have to go from one company to another to find the one that best fits your personal style. For example, you can choose between:

  • House with wooden structure
  • Concrete house
  • Tiny house
  • Loft style house
  • Organic house made of mud, straw and mud
Tiny house

But you can also if you have the budget make houses that look like castles, mills, bunkers, and everything you can imagine.
But you will not always find the company that can make you the house of your dreams.

One of the methods to get this house is to buy house plans already made. It costs a little money, but it is possible. But if you want to do something really special that does not exist, you can ask an architect to make a plan. Be careful, having a made-to-measure house plan can be quite expensive.
A much simpler method is to make a house plan with online software. In most cases, you can make some plans for free. If you want to go further, for example:

  • Make many house plans
  • Edit these plans in pdf
Wooden house

You can take a subscription that is often cheap, much cheaper in any case than the rate charged by an architect.
Advantage: you can make all the changes you want without thinking about the price it costs.
And if you want to take an architect, it will cost you less because you can offer him directly the plan you have done and want it to improve.
Ready for the project of your house plan? So, draw plan.

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Draw Your First Floor Plan

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Your first house plan: how to do it?
I have a piece of advice: you take a pencil, an eraser, forgiveness of erasers, and a sheet of paper, sorry several of paper.
You start tracing your house on a piece of paper, and that’s where the trouble starts. Oh, I forgot, you need a double decimeter, and a protractor to draw angles. After 5 tries, I bet you put all your plans in the trash.

Plan 3

So, of course, you can practice with online software such as roomsketcher, archiplain or floorplanner.
I invite you to try these 3 programs, and you will see which is the easiest to use.

Let’s go further in the discussion. To make your first plan, do not try to make a detailed plan of the Palace of Versailles. If you do not know, there are 2300 pieces, of which only 1000 can be visited … Start with a more modest project, for example a studio apartment. There are few rooms, and like that, you can practice integrating all rooms, openings and furniture. Ready ? So, it’s up to you to draw your first apartment plan. And if you wish, send me your plan, I will be happy to publish it in this blog.

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Artificial or natural flowers?

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Recently, I told you about flowers. Remember, I proposed to make a house in 3D printing that looks like a flower (Here).
In a first project, people have imagined creating artificial flowers to feed the insects of cities:

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Matilde Boelhouwer designs artificial flowers to feed urban insects

In this second project, an artist took plastic pipes and blew them like glass to transform them into a flowerpot. The result is amazing:

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Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

And finally, what about this lamp that opens and closes like a real flower:

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Flower-shaped lamp that blooms at night by Constantin Bolimond

 

 

 

 

Create High-Quality Floor Plans

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To make quality, one must first be precise. In the archiplain software, you make walls the length you want, 10, 20 or 30 meters for example. And even if these walls are long, they will be accurate to 0.1 inch. If you prefer the metric system, they will be accurate to the millimeter, which is much more accurate than a real house construction.

We can put color inside each room, and also make each wall with a different color. This property can allow you to differentiate the rooms, in green for example, the rooms of water like the toilets, the kitchen and the bathroom in blue, the living room in purple, the dining room in yellow. Openings such as doors and windows can have their own color.


You can vary the wall thickness with the same precision as before.
As you can see, with this tool, you can make house plans with great precision, much better than you need to build.

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Special houses

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From time to time, I like to present houses that are a bit unusual, either because they have been renovated a little bit, or because a somewhat original architect has decided to make creation, or because nature has changed it.
First of all, here is a renovation. Usually, the one who renovates a house tries to put a little color on the walls and ceilings. here he decided to paint everything in black. I must say that the result is interesting:

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Anders Ruhwald converts abandoned Detroit building into all-black installation

In this second project, it is marriage (you will understand why I use the word marriage) between tiny houses and chapels or small churches. It is not very expensive, quickly made and, let’s say it, very ugly:

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S-AR builds tiny concrete chapel La Providencia in Mexico

And in this third project, we take a basic unit, the container, we put several on each other in an unordered way, we throw a big pot of pink paint on the whole, we put a little light, there you go:

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Dixon Jones designs sculptural shipping-container building for Edinburgh

 

How to create floor plans

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I know, you’re going to tell me: this is not the first time you want to describe how to make house or apartment plans.
But that’s not what I want to do. I talked about creativity.
In fact, when you make a house plan, you often make square or rectangular pieces. For a simple reason: furniture is often square or rectangular.
Well, I tell you very frankly: this world is over and the future world is already here.

Plan 1

Why this statement? You seem to forget that technology is making progress every day.
When a craftsman in his workshop made a motor vehicle with wheels, and that vehicle managed to advance a few meters, who could have imagined at the time that we would have today millions of cars in the world, and highways, peripherals, traffic lights and tickets?

Plan 2

This major innovation is 3D printing. In the future, we will make houses with all possible forms because there are already machines that can make houses in 3D printing. And we can make furniture that fits perfectly in these houses because, yes, there are 3D prints for furniture. These machines already exist. It only misses their diffusion in very large numbers.

How to prepare for this event? Use the online archiplain software, and practice doing some very original house plans. For example, a house that looks like a flower seen from the sky, each petal being a room, or a house that looks like a rabbit (a room for each ear, and the garage in the legs).

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Garage floor plan

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How to design a good garage plan? A priori, we can think that it is the easiest part to conceive. But it is far from being the case.

First, we must predict its surface. It is generally thought to provide a surface slightly larger than his car. Serious mistake!

Most often, we live in a couple. It takes 2 car slots. And if possible two driveways because with a single entrance, the second car is often more difficult to park.

Second problem: your child just had his driving license and of course he wants a car and still live at home for a while. If you have not planned, your child’s car will be every night on the street or on the lawn.

Garage 1

Another thing: you have your garage and the car inside, you are quietly installed in front of your television, and your husband or your wife asks you to look for an object present in the car. It’s raining a lot, and you do not have an access door between the house and the garage. Too bad for you, it will be necessary to wait or go out in the rain.

Garage 2

Last thing: For reasons of exposure of your house to the sun, the garage is often located north of the house, where the humidity is the most common. In this case, plan a small window and open it frequently to avoid musty odors. The ideal is to have two windows to create an air circulation.

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Bedroom floor plan

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When one wants to make a plan of house or apartment, one often thinks of the dwelling, but rarely with each piece taken individually.

We offer here a presentation of the bedroom.

First of all, you have to define the surface of this room. Indeed, this surface can be very variable. The smallest are only 100 square meters. But we can have a room of 1000 square meters.

A classic room has a door and a window, a closet and two bedside tables. When the rooms are larger, we can install a bathroom that leads directly to the room. Important, you have to think about the orientation of the sun.

Room 1

Our ancestors always installed rooms facing east, where the sun rises. Thus, the rising sun allowed to wake up and the room could keep some freshness because it did not receive the important heat of the sun in the South and the West.

Room 2

Then how to position the bed? Debates still exist on this subject, but a relative consensus says that the head of the bed (where our head is) must be in the North, in order to be in the direction of the magnetic waves.

Finally, once in your bed, you must be able to see the door and the window. It is a very old habit from the time when one lived in caves or wooden huts. Being able to see allows you to sleep more serenely and be ready in case an enemy enters your room.

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Floor plan on Google Trends

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If you are on this site, archiplain is that you are looking for news about architecture, design, or anything related to real estate. And in some cases, you are looking to make a house plan.

I wondered what is on Google when you type the keywords “Floor plan”. To be more rigorous, I looked for trends on Google Trends. And the result is very interesting. I focused on this expression and only on the American territory, precisely the United States. Here is the result :

  1. CES Floor plan
  2. World of concrete floor plan
  3. Shot show floor plan
  4. Hgtv dream home floor plan
  5. Promat floor plan
  6. Expo west floor plan
  7. Isc west floor plan
  8. Notre Dame floor plan

Surprisingly, we do not find the main software that can make house plans. There are mainly salons and congresses. And after analysis, it’s not so surprising.

Indeed, in most salons, there are many exhibitors and it is very difficult not to get lost. To avoid this, there is a website for each event in which a plan is found. And since there are many visitors, there is a lot of traffic on the site. In general, there is a page of the site called: “name of event” floor plan. That’s the explanation.

People who are looking to make a house plan can find instead many salons and congresses.

Two interesting remarks:

Anyone who needs to make a convention plan or salon plan can do it with archiplain quite easily.

On Google Trends, we find the sentence “Notre Dame Floor Plan”. This is not surprising because many people have launched architectural projects to redo the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral which burned.

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Modern castle or ancient castle, that’s the question

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When you put the question to people who are on the street: in your opinion, when were the chateaux built? I am sure they will answer from medieval times until the 18th century. If you ask the same question about churches, you will have about the same question. But that’s wrong, because we have continued to build castles and churches until now. It’s true that sometimes the result is surprising and sometimes, let’s say it, really ugly.

We must not generalize.

We present here several castles which are really modern and which still keeps some aesthetics.

First, a real beautiful castle with beautiful stone walls. Even if its general appearance is too new, after a few decades, it will be beautiful:

https://www.dezeen.com/2019/03/28/weekly-newsletter-castle-genderless-voice/

Then a castle with feet in the water:

https://www.dezeen.com/2018/06/04/olafur-eliasson-fjordenhus-office-vejle-fjord-denmark-architecture

Finally, the alliance of the modern and the old:

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/07/26/iron-ring-george-king-architects-curving-walkway-flint-castle-wales-controversial-petition/

If you want to make a plan of a castle or a plan of a church or a cathedral (besides, one could launch a contest to make a plan of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris), you can use the archiplain plan editor which you will vary several parameters for your greater satisfaction.

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How to draw a floor plan

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It’s simple, and at the same time it’s not easy. One could say that one must take courses in architecture. Indeed, we can do that. But it is not necessary at all.

If you want to build a small wall around your house, do you have to study for several years to be a mason? If you want to make a small flower garden, do you have to study to be a landscaper? If you want to repair your sink, should you study to be a plumber?

Floor plan 1

To all these questions, the answer is obviously no.

In fact, to draw a floor plan, it is not very difficult. If you use the online house plan software on this website, you will see that in just a few minutes you will have made your first house plan. And there will be all that is needed to make this plan:

  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Furniture

You can indicate the name of each room, give them the color you want, indicate the measures, and many other things.

Floor plan 2

Of course, if you want to build a much larger building, such as a school, a nursery, an administrative building, an industrial building, then you will have to respect many standards because it is necessary to respect the rules, in particular of safety. But even in this case, you will need to make several plans before entrusting the project to an architect who will ask you for more money if you leave the project from the beginning without plan.

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Floor plan designer

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If you have a renovation project, you absolutely must be able to make a house plan quite easily. Why do that?

First, we must take the measures very strictly. In old houses, it is quite common to see differences in measurements. For example, a difference between the top and bottom of a wall may be an inch (up to 2 cm).

The same difference can be observed from right to left along the wall.

Another problem may appear. In many countries, the value of a house is correlated to the living space. If you decide to insulate your home with glass wool or other insulation, it may reduce the living space. And believe me, the living space can be greatly diminished.

Even if the house is renovated, the living space is reduced and it is necessary that the increase of value thanks to the renovation is not compensated by the loss of this space.

Floor plan designer 1

The big advantage of having a house plan software is to be able to predict this loss of living space to have an estimate: for example, we can think that it is useful to isolate the outer walls of the house because they are in contact with cold or hot from the outside, but not the interior walls.

Floor plan designer 2

Finally, something that you do not often think about. Once you put insulation on the walls, and the living space is reduced, will furniture be able to enter the rooms?

If you have a large bed and two bedside tables, perhaps the width of the bed and bedside tables will exceed the width of the room.

In conclusion, take all necessary measures and pay attention before doing any renovations.

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Bird, horse and Tarzan

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An egg-shaped observatory to observe birds

Well, this observatory looks more like a giant coconut. But at least the architect has been creative. It should be investigated in 6 months to see if the birds have actually been observed :

Bird observatory
Bird observatory highland

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A hotel for humans and horses

A beautiful 18th century barn with exposed stone and an interior that makes you want to stay a few days.

barn with exposed stone
Interior hotel

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Treehouse for Tarzan

And finally, this beautiful house in the forest. The walls are pierced to leave just enough sun and aeration.

Treehouse
terrace hotel

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Want to draw your own barn plan, or your own treehouse plan, or your own observatory plan: archiplain is for you.

Draw floor plans

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The question is: Is it possible to draw house plans without being an architect?
I’m sorry, but the question is badly asked (I know, it’s me who asked this question …).
In reality, it depends on the use you want to make of these plans.

Draw floor plan 1

If you want to make a house plan to give to workers who will build a bridge, or a building, or a dam, we can say that it is a little risky. This is not risky because of the plan that would be poorly done, because the house software is quite well done (you can test archiplain, very good product …). But it’s mostly a question of responsibility. If the workers hurt their work, if you have badly integrated some parts of the plan, the consequence can be disastrous.

Draw floor plan 2

On the other hand, if you want to make a house plan for yourself, to practice rooms, bathroom, dining room and all the furniture that is in these rooms, this kind of tool is very practical .

You have to choose a software tool that allows you to save plans. Like this, you can spend a few moments on a plan, then save it, and finally resume this plan later to complete it.
Let’s not forget the interest of putting colors in these plans. Architect’s plans are often black on a white background. The pieces in color are much more pleasant. we can put for example:

  • Blue in rooms like the bathroom and the toilet.
  • Warm red in the living rooms such as the dining room and the living room
  • Pastel yellow in the rooms

Take pleasure in making these plans, and if you make plans with lots of color, send them to the editor and we will be happy to publish them.

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School plan

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What does it take to make a good school plan?

Of course, it is not as simple as a house or apartment plan.

When a house plan is made, it is necessary to think of the plan of the rooms, the kitchen, the bathroom, the toilets, the dining room, the living room. But for a school, it’s more complicated. Normally, there are no rooms. But there are:

  • Classrooms
  • Special rooms like the library
  • Digital rooms
  • Toilets that are for several people
  • Self-service

There is usually a schoolyard to allow children to play.

If you use house plan software as an archiplain, you can do it all in one plan. Indeed, the system can make it possible to position all the rooms, the courtyard and the rest in a single plane. This is very handy if you want to make changes such as a room change, or a merger between two rooms, or a building extension.

You can put a lot of tables and chairs in each class. You can also put plants to make it more pleasant.

Plant 1
Plant 2

And even smarter, we can negotiate with the owner of the archiplain school plan publisher (it’s me so …) a contract to open a lot of account on archiplain and make all the plans that we want . Imagine that you want to improve the school. You are proposing a workshop for an entire class of school, maybe 20 or 30 students, whose objective will be to propose the most interesting school plan. Exciting, no?

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