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Mon Dieu ! Apple Store Coming the Louvre

Malin comme tout !
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There’s a price for everything, even in the Louvre: Tomorrow, Apple will be opening up their very first Parisian Apple Store, and it’ll sit in the concourse right below I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid.

According to Bloomberg, this’ll be Apple’s 277th store, worldwide. It’s set to be slightly smaller than the one on Oxford Circus in London. But it’s not tiny: The bilevel store will employ 150 people. You can expect the place to be mobbed. The Louvre concourse is one of the most heavily trafficked places in Paris. It links all of the wings of the Louvre, and visitors to the museum have to pass by before entering the museum.

For Microsoft, it comes at a particularly irksome time. Last month they opened a very sad looking cafe to coincide with the launch of Windows 7.

By next summer, Apple will open two more stores in France–one near Opera, a major hub on the Left Bank, and another in Montpellier, the economic powerhouse of southern France.

You’ve gotta wonder just how many records the Louvre location is set to smash. The 5th Avenue store in New York, which isn’t very big at all or even particularly pleasant as Apple stores go, is thought to earn far more than any of its neighbors, with yearly receipts of around $350 million.

Come to think of it, design wise, coming to the Louvre actually makes a lot of sense–the glass cube of the 5th Avenue store was basically a straight-up theft of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid, and his widely celebrated idea of turning the entrance to a dark, underground space into a dramatic point of pride:

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[Via Bloomberg; picture by Al Ianni]

The Grateful Dead – Dire Wolf

In the timbers to fennario, the wolves are running round,
The winter was so hard and cold, froze ten feet neath the ground.
Dont murder me, I beg of you, dont murder me. please, dont murder me.

I sat down to my supper, twas a bottle of red whisky,
I said my prayers and went to bed, thats the last they saw of me.
Dont murder me, I beg of you, dont murder me. please, dont murder me.

When I awoke, the dire wolf, six hundred pounds of sin,
Was grinning at my window, all I said was come on in.
Dont murder me, I beg of you, dont murder me. please, dont murder me.

Agustín Lara: Piensa en mí – Versión original

Versión original interpretada por su autor, Agustín Lara. Banda sonora extraída de un viejo disco de pasta del año 1943; fue editada y ecualizada para mejorar su calidad sonora, espero haberlo hecho bien, esa fue la intención para rendirle tributo al “Flaco de Oro”, cantautor y poeta, romántico entre los románticos y creador de tantos éxitos que otros tantos interpretan sin mencionar su autoría.

Alexander the Great
(Not that Alexander –don’t get me wrong! =)

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After decades at the edge of the architectural establishment—with much of that time spent sniping at it—Christopher Alexander can at last rest on his laurels as recipient of the prestigious Vincent Scully Prize. With his notions of sustainability, scale, construction, and placemaking more in vogue than ever, the National Building Museum has made Alexander the11th recipient of the annual prize for his contributions to practice, theory, and scholarship in architecture.

“I think Christopher has been recognized by everyone who has come into contact with his work, from students to readers of his books, but not necessarily in the field,” said Scott Kratz, vice-president for education at the museum. “It’s nice to recognize him in this official way in front of his peers.”

For Alexander, it is yet another opportunity to teach—and tweak—a profession with which he has had his share of disagreements.

“It’s very gratifying, because I’ve struggled for fifty-some years to take really a completely different view of what it is to be an architect, and what it means to make buildings and the environment,” Alexander said in a telephone interview from London, where he keeps an office for his Berkeley-based firm. “People gave me a very hard time, so I am delighted now that people are espousing what I’ve been arguing since the 1950s.”

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