July 1, 1993


There are decades where nothing happens

and then there are weeks when decades happen

— Anonymous


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  • மொழி
    11:00 -12:00

    “He who does not speak foreign languages
    knows nothing about his own.“

    — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    We start National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada every year with an inquiry into changes in the (meaning of) definitions at the foundation of best practice literature; frequently the subject of sporty debate among experts writing codes and standards for the built environment of education communities.

    In the United Kingdom, National Poetry Month is celebrated in October, and it is known as “National Poetry Day” which has been observed since 1994. It is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, which aims to encourage people to read, write and perform poetry.

    Other countries also have their own poetry celebrations, such as World Poetry Day, which is observed annually on March 21 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to promote the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry worldwide.

    We use a Tamil mnemonic because Tamil is the oldest surviving language and remains the spoken language of 80-odd million people of South Asia.

  • Infotech
    11:00 -12:00

    Today at 11 AM/ET we update our understanding of best practice literature relevant to the information and communication technology enterprises in education communities.  Our online meetings coincides with the day of two IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee teleconferences at 14:00 Central European time and 2:00 PM Eastern time in the Americas.  Open to everyone.  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.




  • Disaster 500
    11:00 -12:00

    Today at 11 AM/ET we review the literature that sets the standard of care for prevention, response and resilience of the education facility industry to storms, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and all other disasters.  We will examine a selection of court filings that should inform how facility managers should prepare and respond to disasters, but also identify gaps in best practice literature and (possibly) key in proposals for how those gaps may be removed.

    Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.


  • Intellectual Property

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Student Art

    Innovation – Standardization – Commoditization run along a continuum.  Today we unpack some of the ideas that hasten (and prohibit) leading practice discovery; how quickly goods and services become a “human right”; why all of this is relevant to education communities and why some believe that commoditization is a myth.

    From the Wikipedia

    In business literature, commoditization is defined as the process by which goods that have economic value and are distinguishable in terms of attributes (uniqueness or brand) end up becoming simple commodities in the eyes of the market or consumers. It is the movement of a market from differentiated to undifferentiated price competition and from monopolistic competition to perfect competition. Hence, the key effect of commoditization is that the pricing power of the manufacturer or brand owner is weakened: when products become more similar from a buyer’s point of view, they will tend to buy the cheapest.


  • Elevators & Lifts
    11:00 -12:00

    University of Wisconsin Stadium Elevator

    Many education communities have 100’s of elevators and escalators.   This is a difficult space for driving costs down

    (because of strong manufacturer and labor presence) but we will give the “old college try”

  • Fine Arts
    11:00 -12:00












    There are written fine arts standards that have been developed by various organizations and educational bodies. These standards provide a framework for what students should know and be able to do in the arts at different grade levels. Here are a few examples of fine arts standards:

    National Core Arts Standards: The National Core Arts Standards were developed by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards and outline what students should know and be able to do in dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts at different grade levels.

    State Fine Arts Standards: Many states have their own fine arts standards that are aligned with the National Core Arts Standards but may be tailored to reflect the unique needs and priorities of the state; e.g., State of Ohio Fine Art Standards

    International Baccalaureate Arts Standards: The International Baccalaureate (IB) program offers arts standards as part of their curriculum framework for the arts. These standards are designed to develop students’ creative and critical thinking skills in the arts.

    Arts Education Partnership National Standards for Arts Education: The Arts Education Partnership has developed national standards for arts education that cover the four major artistic disciplines: dance, music, theater, and visual arts.

    Today at 15:00 UTC we drill into the technical specifics that contribute to the safety and sustainability of spaces used for the teaching, practice and

    display of the fine arts.  These occupancies are typically at greater risk than classrooms because they usually contain volatile fluids for artistic painting

    or biologic specimen preservation, kilns for pottery, fabrics and related machinery for teaching fashion design and practice.  

  • Chór Uniwersytet Warszawski “Nawrócona”
    All day

    “Nawrócona” is a Polish song written by Czesław Niemen and recorded by him in 1972. The song is about a woman who has had a difficult life and has turned to religion for solace and guidance.  The lyrics describe the woman’s struggles and how she has found peace through her faith.

    The song’s title, “Nawrócona,” means “converted” or “repentant” in English, suggesting that the woman has undergone a profound change in her life as a result of her religious beliefs.  

    The song is notable for its powerful, soulful vocals and its fusion of rock and folk music elements. It has become a beloved classic of Polish popular music, and its themes of redemption and hope


  • Accreditation
    11:00 -12:00

    Today we examine standards-setting activity of non-profit trade associations that set academic standards; with specific interest in how these organizations reference other organizations that set standards for the built environment.

  • Illumination 400
    11:00 -12:00

    Illumination technologies have had a pattern of consuming about 35 percent of building electrical energy use.  That number has been pressed downward with the expanded application of LED luminaires and occupant responsive controls; much of the transformation hastened by IEEE and ASHRAE consensus products.

    Today we run through the development status of these products with specific interest in exterior illumination best practice.  This topic also is covered in the 4 time monthly meetings of the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee.



  • Energy 200
    11:00 -12:00

    What a Wonderful World! | Ho Charlotte Sie Wing, 13, China

    Review of all consensus, consortia and open source codes, standards and regulations regarding energy production and conservation relevant to the education facility industry.

    Faculty and staff in the education industry in all nations provide basic research, application research in energy technologies.  The “cities-within-cities” we call the #SmartCampus” also provide crucibles for new testing new technologies as well as provide energy load for utilities operating under all ownership regimes.

    Send an email for an advance agenda.


  • Bucolia 200
    11:00 -12:00

    “A Song of Springtime” 1913 John William Waterhouse

    Review of development in safety and sustainability best practice catalogs for education community outdoor environment.

  • “Os justi” Rodolfus Foundation
    All day

    “Os justi” is a sacred choral motet composed by the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner. The piece is based on a Latin text from the Book of Wisdom, which reads “Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium,” meaning “The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment.” Bruckner composed the piece in 1879 for the choir of the St. Florian Monastery, where he served as the organist.

    “Os justi” is characterized by its rich, sonorous harmonies and its use of subtle rhythmic and melodic variations to create a sense of organic development throughout the piece. The motet is often regarded as one of Bruckner’s finest choral works, and it has been praised for its deep spirituality and expressive power.

    The piece is typically performed by a mixed choir a cappella, although some arrangements exist for accompanied versions. “Os justi” has become a popular selection for choral performances and recordings, and it is considered a cornerstone of the sacred choral repertoire.



  • Schenkingen
    11:00 -12:00

    University endowments are comprised of money or other financial assets that are donated to academic institutions. Charitable donations are the primary source of funds for endowments. Endowment funds support the teaching, research, and public service missions of colleges and universities.  In the case of endowment funds for academic institutions, the income generated is intended to finance a portion of the operating or capital requirements of the institution.  Today we will pick through few reports where safety and sustainability claims are listed and described.

  • Hello World!
    11:00 -12:00

    Today we explain our collaboration with other like-minded units in education communities in the US and other nations.  In most cases we conform to participation requirements set by ANSI US Technical Advisory Groups but we also have liaison with other universities in the European Union who conform to the participation requirements of their own national standards bodies.

    Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.  Because a great deal of content is copyright protected by the ISO, IEC and the ITU, please contact for an advance agenda.




  • Mechanical 400
    11:00 -12:00


    Periodic scan of redlines of mechanical technology best practice titles open for public comment.   Use the login credentials at the upper right of our homepage.  For an advance agenda send an email.



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