I agree fully that replicating the spire would be a grave error of judgement. It is an opportunity for France to demonstrate what the C21 can do.
Most market towns that are growing and have declining retail presence in their centres are constructed mostly of 2 and 3 storey buildings that are perfectly structurally capable of being added to and/or repurposed to uses other than retail without a need to extend into agricultural land. However that is not happening despite that much of the housing shortage could be addressed by such thinking. It has also been proved several times in different parts of the planet that providing homes for the homeless for free is cost effective and along with universal income gets rid of poverty of many kinds.
It doesn’t happen ONLY because the rich and powerful won’t benefit from it. The CofE need to prove that they are not part of the rich and powerful cliche by making better (not necessarily less profitable) use of their plentiful resources.
When will clients realise that D+B cannot deliver the best building as more work is needed by design teams to reach an end result so, in order to compensate the quality has to drop? Retaining design teams throughout a project is the most cost effective method every time. A technique I call “Design then Build”. By all means involve the chosen contractor before Stage 5 in order to play to their strengths and any buildability / programming advice they can add. D&B was ‘invented’ to make money for contractors NOT meet client’s needs and is better suited to speculative rather than bespoke projects. Paul Finch is spot on as ever.
Nonsense, there are plenty out of work or under worked U.K. architects outside London who have changed profession due to the low salaries. The exodus of EU citizens, who appear to be willing to accept a low salary (because from it is higher than they were getting at home), is just a smoke screen for derisory salary levels. Which in turn is caused by the Government’s refusal to ban unqualified people from designing buildings.
Architects are not sleep-walking into a climate crisis, our clients are.There is only so far that you can ‘advise’ a client before you lose the commission. Work is short and we all need to stay in business. Legislation is needed before most commercial clients will do anything.