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Notre-Dame: France announces international competition to rebuild spire

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I presume RW meant "what damage can be done" in relation to Linlithgow church. A prime example of ugly shallow statement-making gestures that so quickly go out of fashion, and its excuses for existing ring hollow. As for Notre Dame, it's already mired in political egotism, a flood of self-aggrandising money and demands for expediency when it is not yet known how much of the vaulting or upper parapets have calcined, or how far decayed the flying buttresses had already become. So who knows how many years of preparation will be needed before anyone dares, or learns how, to support something so unique in order to safely dismantle and repair. France has a limited number of hugely respected conservation architects, and outside the Conservation Group the RIBA continues to find the specialist subject embarrassing, so I have yet to hear anyone say that nothing should be done until deep and painstaking research, and a strategy founded on archaeological, historical and spiritual understanding are completed. I hope this will take years, not weeks. A jazzy, headline-grabbing competition for the spire is the last thing to consider, and its almost instantaeous accouncement is shameful ignorance writ large. Too much money and innapropriate pressure of time. Pray for Notre Dame....

Posted date

18 April, 2019

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11:53 am

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