Architect – Target Rabaul Sun, 22 May 2022 15:42:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Architect – Target Rabaul 32 32 FPL architect says ‘libraries are the greatest act of love you can give to your community’ as locals flock Sun, 22 May 2022 15:42:40 +0000

By Jan Worth-Nelson

When Kay Schwartz and her team of 31 staff and the library board began the planning process for the Flint Public Library’s major renovation seven years ago that culminated in a three-day opening celebration days from May 19 to 21, one value emerged over all the others.

Library patron and Flint resident Garry McDaniel chats with library manager Kay Schwartz. McDaniel remarked that the new library looked “magnificent”. “When I walked in, I felt like I was in an apartment building in New York,” McDaniel said.

“We wanted it to be a welcoming community space first and foremost,” Schwartz said, strolling through the spacious new layout the day before the spectacularly 60-year-old Kearsley Street structure opened to the public.

On opening day, crowds watch presentations and performances in the new library on Saturday, May 21. (Photo by Paul Rozycki)

“We provide space, and people can decide what they want to do with it,” Schwartz said. “We’ve got opportunities for people that they’ve never had, different kinds of seats, different kinds of meeting spaces – we hope they make exciting things out of it.”

Nathan, Susan, Amir, Ailden watch the “bubbleman” perform a grand opening of the library. (Photo by Paul Rozycki)

Among the many “welcoming” moves, the library added automatic doors and a filtered water system; new seats of different “postures” have been added so that people of all shapes and sizes can find a comfortable place to sit.

Joseph Baker, 12 (centre) and Jayoin Mitchell, 13 (left) standing with a friend looking at the new library. (Photo by Tom Travis)

Staff added works by local artists, including Kevin “Scraps” Burdick’s new mural visible through huge windows on both main floors.

Mary Pace, professor of dental hygiene at Mott Community College, and Kay Schwartz. Mary said she “came to hear the Mott Steel Drum Band and felt the new library and the event was really awesome.” (Photo by Paul Rozycki)

To facilitate family use, each bathroom has a changing table. The children’s section was expanded, a first-time storytelling room was added, with adjoining ‘child-scale’ toilets. There’s even a snack area now – a great start for library management.

Nicole Strickland (left) and Anyah Coleman examine fish in the aquarium in the children’s department of the new library. (Photo by Tom Travis)

From the beginning, all of these changes and more fell on the project architects, OPN of Cedar Rapids IA, to listen and translate this value into brick and mortar that would communicate openness, accessibility and even fun. .

Claire Marshall was fascinated by the Bubbleman show and said her favorite was “When He Made a Bubble Bear”. (Photo by Paul Rozycki)

The result, according to Toby Olsen, associate director of OPN and principal architect of the Flint project, reflects a commitment to democracy and love.

Maryanne Dobson, visited the library and felt she had done an excellent job with the project.

This ethos is most evident in the library’s uplifting use of light – both a physical joy to move around and a metaphor for the role of a public library.

“One of our big goals was to open [the space] at the top. There are so many windows, and we’ve done even more, adding mostly to the east side of the building,” Schwartz noted.

Kazuko and Aya Orhima were busy watching the “Bubbleman program” in the Harris room and “were very impressed with both the Bubbleman and the new library”.

Additionally, library designers have lowered the shelves so people can see over them, making the spaces feel taller and airier. They added “forward-facing” shelving so customers can see a book’s cover as they browse.

“Wherever there is a window, there is either a meeting room or seats. The designers took the collections away from the windows, to give the windows to the public,” Schwartz said.

Olsen said he and his team were strongly tied to FPL’s goals, both philosophically and architecturally. It’s a specialty of the company: OPN has designed more than 40 libraries across the country.

Toby Olsen, Associate Director of OPN and FPL Director Kay Schwartz. (Photo by Jan Worth-Nelson)

Working on a bookshelf is “a project we love,” Olsen said after the ribbon cutting, reviewing the shiny new look he played a major part in.

“A library is one of the most democratizing spaces of all,” he said. “Libraries are some of the last places you can go where you don’t expect to spend money.”

In a library, “everyone who walks through the doors is treated the same, and that’s really amazing.” Olsen said.

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“That ethos goes hand in hand with the mission of libraries which intrigues us, and then you spice up the aspect of community gathering, the ability to have free and open discussions – it’s worthy of thought and hard work.

Libraries are safeguards for democracy, he said, “guarantees to ensure that we are not devoid of free thought, free thought. In a library, we make sure we have access to the documents, and you can come and immerse yourself.

“We firmly believe that libraries are the greatest act of love you can give to your community. It is a space where everyone is welcome, no matter your status, creed or aspect of your life. .”

“Love and democracy must be together,” he said.

Olsen said the Flint project was “incredibly unique” in part because it was pre-pandemic when it started — and also one of the biggest renovations OPN has done for an existing library.

Bill Baker and Tracy Krumm toured the entire library, and Tracy was most impressed with the “open spaces and well-lit areas of the new library.” (Photo by Paul Rozycki)

“It’s a big building, and it was amazing that we were able to make it ‘like new’ in every square inch of the interior,” he said.

Window panes accomplish many key elements.

“Especially with publicly funded institutions, there is a metaphorical and symbolic reason for windows – which is inherent in [the design]. Making the building transparent allows people to see what is going on.

EVM reporter and model maker Patsy Isenberg checks out new computer systems as she “tried to learn the new systems.” She was joined by her friend, cat lady Sonny Rabanal, whose story was in the East Village Magazine a few years ago while they were watching the Indian dance show. (Photo by Paul Rozycki)

“It’s like advertising what goes in a jewelry box,” he said. “Even if you’re not a frequent visitor to the library, you can drop by and see what it’s all about. You know it’s not a school, not an office building, not an apartment building.

Michael Clack was a volunteer in the media room where he demonstrated how podcasts can be produced from the library. (Photo by Paul Rozycki)

At night, he predicts, the building “becomes a shining jewelry box, showcasing the collection inside and the people inside.”

The design shows what happens in a library.

“Libraries are not just a storehouse of books, they are like a multi-pronged Swiss army knife that enables so much,” he said.

And of course, he noted, there is the connection between light and knowledge – and a library being “a beacon and a place of hope”. The library takes patrons on a journey – from the cradle to the grave, with something to discover and learn at any age, he said.

Rasheeda Mitchell (right) came with her family to visit the new library. (Photo by Tom Travis)

Olsen, who has come to Flint almost monthly for the past few years, said he and his five-member team from Flint have respected and loved the city from the start, never seeing it in light of its notoriety sometimes in the outside world.

They stayed in local hotels and ate at local restaurants, Cork on Saginaw and New Gravy at Hilton Gardens among their favorites.

And the cultural center, including the library, is “incredibly unique” for a city the size of Flint: Many American cities have nothing to compare, he observed. Architecturally, this added an extra benefit to the design of the library – the building has “parks” on two sides.

Entrance hall and loan counter of the new library. (Photo by Paul Rozycki)

“It’s a community where people care,” Olsen said. “Yeah, they’ve been through hell and flood, but it’s still a place where good things happen, and good people deserve good things.”

Olsen and his OPN team are wrapping things up at the library, taking care of a few odds and ends. “It’s bittersweet for us because we got so close to it but… now it’s in the hands of the public. This is the part where it’s time for the library to be given to the people who deserve it the most.

Scanning his gaze over the library once more, he said, “It’s totally citizen kindness going on.”

Beginning May 21, the day of the official opening, the library, located at 1026 E. Kearsley St., will be open five days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. at 18 o’clock. More information is available at 810-249-2038,

EVM Managing editor Jan Worth-Nelson can be reached at

The architect behind bringing Mujib closer to children Sat, 21 May 2022 06:02:56 +0000

As a schoolboy in the 1980s, Radwan Mujib struggled to convince his friends that his maternal grandfather Bangabandhu was a real-life superhero. He turns 42 today, but the burden of memory still weighs heavily after all these years.

Exposure to comics about political icons Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi sparked in him a desire to make comics about Bangabandhu to convey his real life story to the children of Bangladesh.

Decades later, he made it a reality with Mujib, a graphic novel about Bangabandhu – from his rural childhood to becoming the nation’s founding father.

Now, the entire series of Mujib, comprising 10 episodes, is available for readers.

Growing up with a steady diet of stories about his nana (maternal grandfather) being told by his mother and aunt, Radwan could conceive of the best way to present the legend of Bangabandhu through stories about his many exploits.

But he was appalled because his classmates didn’t know anything about Bangabandhu.

“To my surprise, I found that many of my classmates didn’t even know who Bangabandhu was. They used to ask who is your Bangabandhu girl? Mainly, the teachers were worried hearing about Bangabandhu,” Radwan said.

“Even one day a teacher said – your grandfather was not Bangabandhu (friend of Bangla), he was Bangashatru (enemy of Bangla).”

Little Radwan was uncomfortable with the political climate following the assassination of his grandfather which set back the great promise of the glorious war of liberation.

Born in 1980, he missed his grandfather, grandmother, and uncles, all of whom were murdered by disgruntled army officers on August 15, 1975. He was curious about his loved ones whom he hadn’t never seen. “I used to ask about my grandmother, Uncle Kamal, Uncle Russel. Did Uncle Kamal like football or cricket more? Uncle Russell?

Although Bangabandhu never returned in person, he did return through his writings.

In 2004, long after Bangabandhu’s death, his daughter Sheikh Hasina suddenly discovered notebooks written by Bangabandhu himself. It was also a moment of ecstasy for Radwan.

“I never saw him in person. But his life stories written by him were now with us. Then we wanted to talk to him. When two books were published, I had the idea that he there were so many stories,” Radwan recalls. “If we publish a comic based on his exploits, the younger generation will be able to relate. Bangabandhu played football like us. He was such a player in his childhood. He slept with his hands around his father’s neck. From this point of view . , to pique their interest in him, we might start a series of graphic novels.”

Radwan is now a director of the non-profit organization CRI (Center for Research and Information).

As he planned to push the comic book idea about his grandfather forward, he encountered a few challenges. Even genuine Bangabandhu admirers did not want to see a person of Bangabandhu’s stature in cartoon form. “We were lucky that my mother and aunt (Prime Minister) supported the project from the start. Without them, we couldn’t have made it. I used to give the script and the draft from sketchers to my mom and aunt. You know how busy my aunt (PM Hasina) is. I used to keep the documents on her table so she can check them after she gets back from the office. To my surprise, I found, after an hour or two, his observations were clearly written there.Sometimes my team was amazed by asking if it had been written by the Prime Minister herself.

Besides Mujib Graphic Novel published by CRI, Radwan has undertaken several initiatives to bring young people closer to history. He is the mastermind behind Joy Bangla Concert, a concert mixing historic war melodies with a choice of modern millennial rocks. He is also co-producer of Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale, a docudrama featuring his aunt Sheikh Hasina’s first-person account of her life after the assassination of her father Bangabandhu and his family.

The author is coordinator of the CRI

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of The Business Standard.

Architect Watchdog assesses changes to insurance requirements Wed, 18 May 2022 20:13:00 +0000
By Dawood Fakhir (May 18, 2022, 9:13 p.m. BST) – A UK regulator for architects in the country has proposed changes to existing guidelines on the insurance policies architects need to work, after consulting the insurance market and professionals to find solutions to the growing professional liability insurance crisis.

The Architects’ Registration Board, which publishes advice on what professional insurance architects should carry, said it was proposing the changes as architects are finding it harder to meet existing requirements due to market developments. insurance.

The regulator said it would consult more with architects, insurers and groups that represent consumer interests before finalizing its proposals, which…

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Hearst Castle reopens with a new tour focusing on its architect, Julia Morgan Mon, 16 May 2022 20:28:16 +0000

Since May 11, coaches packed with tourists once again make the dizzying ascent to La Cuesta Encantada – “The Enchanted Hill,” California’s most magnetizing and majestic tourist attraction (sorry, Madonna Inn) and the best-known work of Julia Morgan, the pioneering Bay Area architect and reinforced concrete pioneer who, in 1904, became the first woman to earn an architectural license in California.

Better known as Hearst Castle, the San Luis Obispo County Historic Estate – built between 1920 and 1947 for publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, it opened to the public in 1958 as part of the historic landmark from Hearst San Simeon State, operated by California State Parks – suspended public tours in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; even though pandemic restrictions were eventually lifted across California and beyond, the fabled estate remained off-limits to the public after a historic rainstorm in January 2021 led to culvert failures along the upper reaches of the main site access road. Now, the 2.5-mile-long stretch of road affected by the storm has been rebuilt and redeveloped, and California State Parks has reopened Hearst Castle to visitors after being closed for more than two years.

“Hearst Castle is a state treasure and we are thrilled to reopen this wonder to the public for safe and responsible enjoyment,” California State Parks Superintendent Armando Quintero said in a statement announcing the reopening. eagerly awaited from Hearst Castle. “We are confident that these one-of-a-kind repairs and upgrades to the roadside facility will serve countless generations to come.”

As detailed by California Parks, approximately 22,000 annual tourist bus trips were made along the main access road before the pandemic. Stretching five miles through rugged, rolling terrain rising more than 1,500 feet above the Pacific Ocean and Highway 1, the final stretch of the route “navigates over rocky outcrops and steep canyons by splitting into separate, narrower, one-way sections for uphill and downhill traffic.” The access road reconstruction project, estimated at $13.7 million, involved the construction of new walls concrete retaining walls and restoration of some existing historic stone walls; replacing storm-damaged 1920s clay culverts with modern culverts capable of withstanding future deluges; and demolishing the old roadway asphalt and recycle it into new, “thicker, stronger” pavement as part of a deep rehabilitation process.

The main access road leading to Hearst Castle. (California State Parks)

In addition to a resilient new access road, the reopening of Hearst Castle comes with a long-awaited focus on Morgan, who has always been taken a back seat to Hearst (and the many notable Hollywood regulars during the Roaring Twenties) in the house-museum. programming for the public. Morgan is now the subject of a new namesake tour that focuses “on rarely seen areas of Hearst Castle that showcase his gift for design and photographic exhibits of architectural drawings, family photos and artefacts. personal”. The timing of the Julia Morgan Tour launch at Hearst Castle is timely as it follows the March release of Victoria Kastner’s in-depth biography Julia Morgan: an intimate biography of the pioneering architect chronicle books.

As noted by the San Luis Obispo Grandstand, the new tour was originally scheduled to launch in 2020 as part of a series of centenary celebrations commemorating the start of construction at the lavish Spanish colonial revival complex, but was pushed back for obvious reasons. While Hearst Castle is Morgan’s best-known and largest completed work (the sprawling hilltop estate, including his iconic main residence La Casa Grande, comprises four buildings spread over 80,000 square feet and includes 58 bedrooms, 60 bathrooms and a famous Lady Gaga swimming pool), she designed more than 700 buildings across California during a prolific but largely low-key career, including numerous projects, both before and after Hearst Castle, as principal architect of William Randolph Hearst. In addition to her work with the Hearst family, Morgan’s other major projects include a long and successful association with the YWCA and at Mills College in Oakland. Morgan died in 1957 aged 85 in her hometown of San Francisco; in 2014, she was posthumously awarded the AIA Gold Medal, the first female architect to receive this prestigious honor. In addition to becoming the first licensed female architect in California, Morgan was also the first woman to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Along with a new access route and tour celebrating Morgan’s legacy, the reopening of Hearst Castle, which is both a U.S. National Historic Site and a California Historic Landmark , will help resurrect the tourism-dependent economy of San Simeon, the small coastal town community where the estate is located. With its main attraction closed to visitors for the past two years, local businesses are hoping the reopening will provide the town with the economic boost it desperately needs.

Ticketing and touring information for Hearst Castle, which is reopening with admission fees $3 lower than before the pandemic, can be found here. For those whose summer travel plans include the extremely scenic stretch of the California coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco with a stop in San Simeon, advance reservations are highly recommended.

This architect wants to transform the molten lava of Icelandic volcanoes into Sat, 14 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000

When I first sat down to speak with Icelandic architect Arnhildur Pálmadóttir, I was a bit skeptical. Since 2018, his company, SAP, has been researching how to harness molten lava from Iceland’s myriad volcanoes and use it as a natural building material.

The concept sounded wildly eccentric, but the more she talked, the more I realized something. If humans can drill for oil 20,000 feet below the ocean, why can’t we make the same kind of effort to mine other material that springs from the earth?

[Image: courtesy Arnhildur Pálmadóttir]

The architect‘s exploration has now resulted in a project called Lavaforming, which recently featured in an exhibition in Reykjavík. The idea came as a radical response to the climate crisis.

Currently, construction and building materials are responsible for 11% of annual global CO2 emissions. This has led to a growing movement among architects and developers to use materials that have a lower carbon footprint than concrete and steel, and come from local sources: think adobe for much of the Africa, bamboo for China and even agave waste for Mexico.

[Image: courtesy Arnhildur Pálmadóttir]

In Iceland, lava seemed such an obvious contender that Pálmadóttir was genuinely surprised no one had thought of it before. “We don’t have a lot of natural resources, we have rock and lava fields,” she says.

Now the architect has unveiled three ideas for how the lava would be mined: digging trenches for the lava to flow when a volcano erupts, drilling into the magma (before it erupts and turns in lava) and 3D print bricks with molten lava. The proposal focuses on Iceland, but it could apply to the other 1,500 active volcanoes scattered around the world.

[Image: courtesy Arnhildur Pálmadóttir]

Here’s how it might work. The first scenario is based on a natural eruption, which in Iceland occurs on average every five years. (The last took place in March 2021, 25 miles southwest of the capital Reykjavík, but as National geographic reported, it may have triggered decades of frequent volcanic eruptions.)

[Image: courtesy Arnhildur Pálmadóttir]

So the next time a volcano erupted, slow-flowing lava would flow through a network of pre-dug trenches. These could be used to redirect lava and protect nearby critical infrastructure. The trenches could also be used to form the foundations of a new city since the lava cools into solid rock. And if you were to dig the ground around the trenches, now filled with solidified lava, those trenches could become walls.

In this scenario, the architects would rely on prediction models that scientists are currently working on, such as weather forecasts, but for volcanoes. Designed to predict where and when the next eruption will occur, these models could be linked to a design model, “so that we can predict where to place the city,” says Arnar Skarphéðinsson, architect at SAP (and son of Pálmadóttir).

[Image: courtesy Arnhildur Pálmadóttir]

When there are no volcanic eruptions on the horizon, architects want to rely on ongoing scientific research into geothermal energy. Iceland is divided by a fault that divides the country from east to west. At the bottom of this fault, pockets of fiery magma transfer heat to the rocky mantle of the Earth above: if properly harnessed, this so-called geothermal heat could be used to generate huge amounts of electricity.

Such research is already underway near the Krafla volcano in northern Iceland. If architects could use similar equipment, they could drill even further and hit pockets of magma that they can extract. The material could then be molded into bricks or manipulated into a 3D printing material.

And yes, it could be the plot of a disaster movie, but as Pálmadóttir notes, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is already printing with molten glass. Why wouldn’t it work with molten lava?

[Image: courtesy Arnhildur Pálmadóttir]

Despite all their crazy ideas, the architects remain somewhat realistic. “We think it’s a good idea, but we realize it might not happen in our lifetime,” says Skarphéðinsson. For him, the radical nature of the project illustrates how devastating the building materials crisis is and how desperate architects are to find a more sustainable solution.

But there is something else too. In 2012, Iceland held a constitutional referendum. One question asked whether citizens wanted natural resources on the island that are not already private to be declared national property. The answer was yes, but Skarphéðinsson claims that “nothing has been done” since then.

“If we had this constitution and we could build a lava city, the whole city would be state owned and we think that’s a big step in the climate crisis,” he says, because citizens would have more control over the country’s natural resources, which could help promote climate equity. “We don’t want Elon Musk to own the lava.”

Software Architect – IT-Online Fri, 13 May 2022 12:34:56 +0000

We need an experienced software architect with experience designing, developing, and supporting a microservices-based solution running in a containerized environment. The following are used in the environment and experience on these or similar will be an advantage:

  • Tools: Kubernetes, Prometheus, Gitlab, Grafana, Elastic Search, Docker, Kafka, Fling, Rancher, Airflow, RabbitMQ
  • Coding languages: Go, Python, .net core, Angular, Java
  • Databases: Postgres, MongoDB, MySQL and Cockroach

We need the person to assess the completeness level of the current solution’s documentation and provide feedback and suggestions on how to close documentation gaps. The entire current environment is currently managed by a single systems integrator and we would like to move the production environment to another vendor to reduce single vendor risk and improve governance and security.

A summary of the updated documentation will be used as input during an RFI/RFP process to obtain the services of an appropriate systems integrator to support day-to-day operations of the production environment.

The person should have at least 5-7 years of relevant experience and preferably a Bachelor of Science or an applicable Bachelor of Engineering.

Fixed term position – 3 months.

Desired skills:

  • Kubernetes
  • Prometheus
  • Gitlab
  • grafana
  • Elastic Search
  • Docker
  • Kafka
  • Discard
  • Rancher
  • Air flow
  • RabbitMQ
  • To go
  • Python
  • .net core
  • Angular
  • Java
  • Cockroach
  • Databases: Postgres
  • MongoDB
  • mysql

Desired work experience:

About the employer:

– great culture
– looking to the future
– team oriented
– Good Culture

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Technical Architect – IT-Online Wed, 11 May 2022 19:40:26 +0000

Location: Hybrid – Centurion and home office
Travel: International
Type of employment: Fixed term
Formal qualification: Matric (grade 12) / Relevant computer science degree / Diploma
Legal requirements: Passed credit checks and criminal checks
SA citizen or valid work permit for SA

Core Function and Scope of Responsibilities: The Technical Architect will be responsible for designing the technical architecture. The role begins with understanding the business information needs and translating them into appropriate technical solutions by defining the security design, technical architecture and requirements to meet the business needs. This position requires a strong technical knowledge of hardware, operating systems, third-party software architectures with their IT security implications, the ability to grasp key business needs, implementations, and hands-on expertise to integrate the security in enterprise solutions. As a member of this team, you will have the unique opportunity to identify, prioritize and drive the execution of technical and security architectures across the enterprise. This is a great opportunity to have a strong impact on our organization and to support our customers.

Experience and skills required:

  • 4-6 years of professional experience and skills (software design, development and infrastructure architecture)
  • Working knowledge of the following:
  • IBM MQ, for example performing upgrades, troubleshooting and running scripts
  • Oracle DBMS, for example, backup, restore, capacity management, upgrades, monitoring, tuning, replication, SQL scripts and security administration
  • Core operating system RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and Solaris, e.g. various tasks such as backups, upgrades and troubleshooting
  • Clustering and cluster software e.g. understand the principles of clustering and failover mechanisms such as hot/cold standby and be aware of cluster software such as veritas and oracle clustering with respective advantages
  • JAVA, g. use JVM to analyze applications’ Heap usage and investigate potential memory leaks;
  • JBOSS PAE, Wildfly, g. repair
  • Apache or alternate reverse proxy, e.g. troubleshooting
  • Virtualization software (VMWare preferred), e.g. create, maintain, backup, configure operating environment and guests
  • Modeling tools (EA / VISIO / UML)
  • Networks, e.g. troubleshooting
  • Firewalls, for example, understanding of the company’s security infrastructure, including firewalls for troubleshooting
  • Understanding of the importance of Core Financial Markets Infrastructure (PFMI)
  • Understand network flows and prioritization of sensitive applications
  • Understand and be able to install third-party software
  • Understand and be able to install company software

Additional Specific Experience:

  • Clear communication between sales and technical staff (being able to explain something to non-technical staff and/or customers)
  • Respect of deadlines and delivery according to needs
  • Follow instructions and procedures
  • Organization of architectural forums, action and follow-up
  • SWF and TS interaction as well as collaboration
  • Perform audits on TS internal environments ensuring they match current and future customer environments
  • Perform audits on external environments ensuring they match the roadmap and TAD specifications.
  • Provide guidance to TS from installation, 3rd party software and latest trends
  • Provide a bridge between the technical installation team and the sales team (knowledge and understanding of products preferred)
  • Sensitivity to various jurisdictions and legal frameworks

Specific talents:

  • Must be a critical thinker, with strong problem solving skills.
  • Planning and organization
  • Analysis
  • Communicate effectively
  • be proactive
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Be persistent and reliable
  • Be flexible
  • Be able to work in a team
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Be thorough
  • Be able to produce quality work
  • Have good time management skills
  • Be able to work with different technologies

Key objectives:

  • Work with the software factory, including business, development and architects, as well as customers to design the most cost/performance efficient IT and security architecture to meet business needs, using modeling tools to create efficient and easy to understand diagrams (UML/EA/VISIO).
  • Create an architecture framework, technical architecture design, implementation and operation of information security systems and their corresponding processes, measures and impact.
  • Hands-on experience installing DBMS (Oracle, MariaDB, PostgreSQL), operating systems (RHEL and Solaris), 3rd party software (IBM MQ, JBoss, Reverse Proxies, Load balancers, etc.), virtualization software , container platforms (Kubernetes and/or OpenShift).
  • Maintain company product safety throughout the product life cycle.
  • Ability to audit IT systems for compliance with company standards and policies.
  • Experience with the following technologies; Data loss prevention, vulnerability management tools.
  • Data classification and rights management technologies.
  • Ability to understand network infrastructure, hardware infrastructure, edge and internal firewalls, associated technologies to help implement use cases to meet ongoing business needs.
  • Hands-on experience with computer forensic tools, methodologies, and root cause analysis review and reporting.
  • History of successful infrastructure implementation.
  • Written technical documentation such as architectures, process diagrams, procedures, policies, verification and validation documentation and integration diagrams, required.
  • Experience in preparing summary presentations.
  • Ability to work from initial concept to operational implementation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to communicate security-related concepts to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Must demonstrate excellent analytical skills, the ability to manage multiple projects under strict deadlines, as well as the ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment and achieve overall goals.
  • Lead customer interactions and presentations at executive and architectural level
  • Concepts and strategies involving third-party applications

Desired skills:

  • WebSphere MQ
  • Oracle
  • Virtualization
  • SQL script
  • UML
  • Networks
  • firewall
  • IBM MQ
  • RHEL
  • RedHat Linux
  • Solaris
  • VMWare
  • Video
  • Software development
  • Information Security
  • Architecture

Desired work experience:

Desired level of qualification:

About the employer:

International group, specialized in major implementations of financial systems in the central banking space (interbank transactions).

Employer and Benefits:

  • Provident funds
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Was Hitler’s architect the “good Nazi”? | by Adam M Wakeling | May 2022 Mon, 09 May 2022 20:14:40 +0000

Busting the Speer Myth

Speer (left) with Hitler in Paris, 1940 (Wikimedia Commons).

InIn January 1931, twenty-six-year-old architect Albert Speer went to see Adolf Hitler speak at the University of Berlin. Like many educated Germans, Speer was a little skeptical of the Führer’s demagoguery. But he was also disillusioned with politics, wondering why the leaders of the Weimar Republic could not explain the country’s problems in plain and simple terms.

Hitler knew how to perform in front of different audiences. Knowing he was catering to professionals and college graduates, he wore a dark blue suit instead of his uniform. He did not shout or shout, but spoke calmly about his plans for the future. He did not mention the Jews. Speer found himself liking the Nazi leader. “Here, it seemed to me, was hope,” he wrote in his memoirs. “Here are new ideals, new understanding, new tasks.” Speer joined the Nazi Party, becoming member number 474,481.

It rose rapidly and became a personal favorite of Hitler, who loved architecture and considered Speer a visionary. In February 1942, with the German armies pinned down in the snow outside Moscow, Hitler appointed Speer Minister of Armaments. The architect was now a member of Hitler’s cabinet.

Speer maintained an impressive level of production throughout the war – using slave labor from German-occupied territories to equip his factories. Speer requested workers from Fritz Sauckel, the head of the Nazi labor program. And Sauckel supplied them, often rounding up the entire population of villages from all over occupied Europe and shipping them to factories in Speer. By the end of the war he had enlisted more than one and a half million men, women and children.

With the collapse of Nazi Germany at the end of the war, Speer lost faith in Hitler. As Allied armies poured into Germany in March and April 1945, he refused to apply Hitler’s scorched earth tactics and destroy German infrastructure. Nevertheless, he remained loyal to the Führer, visiting him in Berlin shortly before his suicide. Like the other surviving members of the Nazi government, he was captured by the British Army at Flensburg and later tried as a major war criminal at Nuremberg.

Speer on trial in Nuremberg (Wikimedia Commons).

Speer was contrite. With tears in his eyes, he agreed to be part of a regime responsible for terrible crimes and accepted his share of collective responsibility for the defendants. But he denied having any personal knowledge of the Holocaust.

At a Nazi conference in Posen on August 6, 1943, Heinrich Himmler spoke of “wiping the Jews off the face of the earth.” Speer admitted he was at the conference, but claimed he left before Himmler spoke. In the summer of 1944, his friend Karl Hanke, Gauleiter [provincial governor] from Lower Silesia warned him never to inspect a certain concentration camp in Upper Silesia. Hanke was shaken, having seen something he was not authorized to describe and could not describe even if he was. “I didn’t investigate – as I didn’t want to know what was going on there,” Speer wrote. The camp, of course, was Auschwitz. Speer admitted that this “deliberate blindness” left him “morally tainted”.

In his final statement at Nuremberg, he warned of the dangers of totalitarianism in the technological age, but said nothing in his own defense. The Court admitted that he was unaware of the worst crimes of the Third Reich, acknowledged that he had disobeyed Hitler’s orders in order to limit further destruction in Germany and sentenced him to twenty years in prison for recourse to labor strength. Sauckel, who had procured the slaves for Speer, was less adept in his defense. He was also tried at Nuremberg and sent to the gallows.

“Twenty years. Well, that’s fair enough,” Speer wrote. “They couldn’t have given me a lighter sentence, given the facts, and I can’t complain.” He, like the others leaders who had been sentenced to prison, was sent to Spandau prison in Berlin, served his sentence and was released in 1966.

Speer turned his prison writing into two autobiographical books, Inside the Third Reich (1969) and Spandau: the secret diaries (1975). They became bestsellers and gave him financial security in retirement. Inside the Third Reich, in particular, remains the definitive insider account of the Nazi government. It has made itself widely accessible to historians and the media. In Spandau he had learned English and French from his guards and could therefore speak directly to his former enemies. He created a public image of himself as a technocrat who had found himself in over his head, someone who had never personally ordered an atrocity but was wracked with guilt for having deliberately blinded to the atrocities of others. Educated, courteous and introspective, without a trace of fanaticism, racism or brutality, he knew how to conquer the public. He continued to appear in public until the end of his life, dying on September 1, 1981 in London, where he had recorded an interview for the BBC.

By accepting guilt for a grave sin of omission, Speer was able to avoid guilt for even graver sins of commission. Historian Eugene Davidson wrote in the preface to a 1970 English language edition of Inside the Third Reich that “…Speer played no role in baiting the Jews or in the exterminations”. He added: “the Minister of Armaments and War Production had no business which obliged him to concern himself with the rumors of a possible death mill”. British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, author of Hitler’s Last Days (1947), interviewed Speer after his capture and found this intelligent and sophisticated man to be a stark contrast to the “morons” of the Nazi leadership. Joachim Fest, a German historian and acclaimed biographer of Hitler, was also impressed with Speer and collaborated with him on his writings. Speer was accepted as “the good Nazi”, the apolitical architect who was just trying to do a good job and happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Speer being interviewed on British television, 1975 (Thames TV)

But after his death, historians began to separate the myth from Speer. How could a man who was so high in the Nazi hierarchy and so personally close to Hitler be so ignorant of his crimes? Over the years, it became more apparent that Speer had lied. He was not apolitical; he sincerely believed that the Nazis were protecting Germany from communism. He had inspected concentration camps. And in 2007, a letter surfaced proving that Speer had lied about his ignorance of the Holocaust. “There is no doubt, I was present when Himmler announced on October 6, 1943 that all Jews would be killed,” he wrote in 1971 to Hélène Jeanty, the widow of a Belgian resistance fighter. “Who would believe me that I deleted that, that it would have been easier to write all that in my memoirs?

A new image of Speer has emerged. A fiercely ambitious, manipulative, cunning, and utterly ruthless politician. A man who could not accept a quiet career as a provincial architect and was ready to work with anyone who promised him the status and recognition he dreamed of. A man who fiddled with production numbers and took credit for the work of his predecessors in presenting his handling of the arms industry in the best possible light, then let others take the blame for the use of slave labor that made its war production possible.

There is probably some truth in both images of Speer, the positive and the negative. He had lied to avoid being hanged, and his remorse over his involvement in the Nazi government was certainly sincere. But he had been content to use the Nazi Party to advance regardless of how many innocent people were trampled on for him to achieve his ambition. As Martin Kitchen concluded in Speer: Hitler’s architect (2015):

What makes Speer so particularly frightening is that this hollow man, resolutely bourgeois, very intelligent, totally devoid of moral vision, incapable of questioning the consequences of his actions, and without scruples, was far from being an outsider. . He was the type who made National Socialism possible. The Third Reich would never have been so deadly if it had relied on the adventurers, the thugs, the half-mad ideologues, the racist fanatics and the worshipers of the Germanic deities who make the people the public image of the regime. Speer is the outstanding representative of the widespread type who made the diet possible.

Or, as historian Sebastian Haffner put it, we can get rid of the Hitlers and the Himmlers, but not the Speers. They are still among us, instantly recognizable and just as dangerous. One of the people who saw this clearly was, interestingly, Speer himself. In a note dated October 11, 1946, he wrote:

It seems to me that the Himmlers, Bormanns and Streichers do not explain Hitler’s success with the German people. On the contrary, Hitler was sustained by the idealism and dedication of people like me. We, who put everything else first, made it all possible. The crooks and criminal elements are still there. They don’t explain anything.

Albert Speer could sometimes be surprisingly shrewd.

Former Chelsea player Victor Moses, the architect of Spartak’s victory; West Brom’s Semi Ajayi stars in Barnsley rout Sat, 07 May 2022 17:37:15 +0000

The former Nigeria international delivered a man-of-the-match performance to inspire the Muscovites to an excellent away win in the Urals

Nigerian winger Victor Moses scored one and assisted another to propel Spartak Moscow to a fine 3-1 win over Urals at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Matchday 28 of the Russian Premier League.

A mid-season dip had condemned Spartak to a mediocre campaign with arrivals in European places beyond their reach.

But Paolo Vanoli’s men traveled to Yekaterinburg on the strength of two wins in their last three matches and made it three wins in four thanks to two brilliant moments from their Nigerian import.

Former Chelsea and Inter Milan player Moses set up Jamaican striker Shamar Nicholson in the 26th minute to double the popular side’s advantage after the same player gave the visitors a lead at the 11th minute.

The former Super Eagles forward netted three zeros for Spartak on the half hour mark as the Gladiators entered the break with a healthy advantage.

Goglichidze scored for the home side but Spartak held on to seal their seventh win of the season.

In the Championship, the impressive performance of versatile Nigerian defender Semi Ajayi helped West Brom record a 4-0 win over Barnsley at The Hawthorns.

Ajayi, who teamed up with O’Shea at the heart of the Baggies’ four-man defense, was rock solid as the home side earned their third clean sheet on the rebound.

The former Arsenal centre-back was also credited with the assist for Ahearne-Grant’s goal, West Brom’s fourth of the afternoon.

Despite the victory, West Brom are not in contention for a promotion playoff spot, with the Baggies trailing sixth place Luton Town by eight points with just two more regular season games to play.

OVGA funding slashed as Institute calls in national government architect Fri, 06 May 2022 02:56:17 +0000

The Australian Institute of Architects has criticized the Victorian Government’s decision to cut funding for the Office of Victorian Government Architect (OVGA) by nearly half in its 2022-23 budget, announced on May 4.

The Institute issued a statement expressing its disappointment at what it called an “unexplained” cut in funding from $1.3 million a year to just $700,000.

Victorian Section Chairman Bill Krotiris said the cut will pose many risks to state government projects and threaten the services of the advisory team as well as the entire Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP) .

In the three years to 2021 alone, the OVGA has advised or worked on 187 Victorian projects of state significance, worth more than $25 billion. The VDRP has provided advice on over 300 projects of national significance and major icons such as the Melbourne and Olympic Parks projects.

The Institute said it was particularly puzzled by the move, given an independent economist’s report that showed the OVGA is working above government performance targets.

“We are aware that the OVGA will end up with a skeleton staff,” Krotiris said. “It is incomprehensible with the major capital projects that the Victorian budget is delivering in health, social housing, education and the Commonwealth Games that the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office cut their hands and be stripped of independent design advice provided by its own Office of the Government Architect.

Krotiris expressed disapproval of the state’s decision to spend $13 million on its trade mission program, which includes the creation of a new trade and investment office in Paris, as the OVGA is expected to be almost “annihilated”.

“Victoria is also a recognized design capital and this move will hurt its reputation and the delivery of key outcomes of great design including livability, health and sustainability,” he said.

The funding cut announcement coincided with the Institute’s federal electoral policy proposal to create an office of the Australian Government Architect to support planning and design at the national level.

The creation of a national government architect would better inform national policy on public procurement and its results, and create a stronger commitment to better design.

“Most Australian states and territories recognize the value of having a government architect in promoting high quality design for our public buildings,” said the Institute’s National Chairman, Tony Giannone. Government architects support architectural decision-making in all states except Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

“It is high time the Australian government understood the value of this role at the national level,” he said.

The Institute has suggested that the next government could establish an office with funding of $14 million over the next four years, to advise government and statutory bodies on the best ways to achieve design excellence. in buildings owned or funded by the government.

“This would have a significant impact, given that Australian governments bought around a third of non-residential buildings across the country in 2021,” the institute said.

The establishment of an Architect of Government is one of six overarching proposals identified in the Institute’s Federal Election Policy Statement: Time to Act.

Other recommendations include greater action on climate change initiatives; a 30-year national housing strategy; a national construction supply chain strategy; an address of gender diversity and inequalities in construction; and a call for a national anti-corruption watchdog.