Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

The Notre Dame Cathedral fire isn’t the end of a piece of history. It’s history continuing on its way. One of my mentors, Peter McKinnon, told us that the history of great architecture closely follows the history of great fires. Churches and theatres start their inevitable march towards burning down the day they are completed. Then they are re-built. Or better yet, something that reflects who we are right now gets built in its place. And it stands until it stops standing. Notre Dame Cathedral took 182 years to build. Shave 100 years off that (since we’re using modern technology) and it still won’t be finished in my lifetime. Maybe not in yours. That’s the point. Great things are buil

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