Architecture & Design: Urban Outfitters Fake Block, Dutch Home from Home

Urban Outfitters, a Philadelphia-based retailer, is opening up a new store in New York City that will resemble a series of local mom-and-pop shops. The store’s facade would be split into four storefronts to look like a hat store, a hardware store, a neighborhood bar and a bodega, all reminiscent of what New York City once looked like. Ron Pompei, creative director of Pompei A.D., which designed the store says: The whole idea was to do this kind of ironic statement of lining the building with storefronts that would be reminiscent of independent businesses. It’s the story about the streets of New York as they once were.

(Pic) Dutch Hotel Is Your Temporary Home Away From Home
With the help of Dutch architects, WAM architecten, Inntel Hotels’ newly designed hotel pays homage to Zaandam’s industrial history. Situated minutes via train from Amsterdam, Zaandam, was one of the world’s premiere hotbeds for industry and an ideal place for construction as its rich history was modernized through the playful design for Inntel Hotels‘ new location. The unique structure is comprised of stacked green wooden houses popular to the Zaan region, symbolizing that the hotel is your temporary house.

Now Booking | Dutch Treat (tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com)

Bizarre Dutch hotel looks like a pile of stacked houses (dvice.com)

A pile of modest, traditional houses stretching into the sky (boingboing.net)

Retail Watch: For a new store at Broadway… (ny.curbed.com)

Stacked Houses: New Hotel in Amsterdam by WAM Dezeen (apartmenttherapy.com)

Dutch Hotel Eats Up Smaller Houses For Lunch [Architecture] (gizmodo.com)

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden (design-milk.com)

Stacked Houses Apartment Building in Tokyo Muuuz (apartmenttherapy.com)

Much of a Dutchness: the Hotel Inntel Zaandam (guardian.co.uk)

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Alcohol: American Craft Brewers Disappointed By Beer Summit. Blue Moon Gets Boost.

Magic Hat disappointed by “beer summit”
Some American craft brewers seemed to have missed the point somewhat and are angry over the choice of beers sampled in the “beer summit” hosted by President Obama in the White House Rose Garden in Washington DC last week.

beersummit

Obama: Bud Light (American, 4.2% alcohol)
Biden: Bucklers (Netherlands, 0.5% alcohol)
Gates: Sam Adams Light (American, 4.0% alcohol)
Crowley: Blue Moon (Canadian, 3.2% alcohol).
I imagine it was a great booster for Blue Moon in particular ( the only beer this blogger had never heard of). Here is the spike in blog mentions:
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The police officer at the center of a national dispute over race and law enforcement says a much-anticipated meeting at the White House was productive and all parties are looking forward. Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley spoke after meeting with President Barack Obama and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., along with Vice President Joe Biden. Crowley described himself and Gates as “two gentlemen who agreed to disagree” about the confrontation that led to Gates’ arrest. He said that the conversation centered on moving forward, not reliving the events of the past two weeks, and that they plan more meetings.
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