The roof of Notre Dame would benefit from being reconstructed with the same wood used centuries ago

Temporary roof cover
Temporary roof cover on Notre Dame

Eric Wirth, vice president of the Guild of French Architects, declared that it would be a grave mistake to rebuild the roof in anything but same wood used in its original construction.  He noted its natural fire resistance. “Notre Dame has been there for 800 years. If the structure had been made of steel, there would be no cathedral to speak of today,” he said. In a fire, “iron holds for half an hour, an hour, and then writhes, pulls on the walls and collapses everything.”

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/notre-dame-wood-reconstrction-1750209

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Will Notre Dame’s vaulted ceiling be saved?

Vaulted ceiling of Notre Dame
Photo: Wikipedia Commons

The simple answer is that we don’t know yet.

The news comes two months after the Archbishop of Paris, Monsignor Michel Aupetit, announced that a final evaluation of the damage would be concluded in Spring 2020. “We will have to encircle the scaffolding, then put a second scaffolding over it,” he said. “From this new scaffolding, workers will descend by rope and cut it bit by bit into small pieces and this will take a long time.”

https://archpaper.com/2020/01/notre-dame-cathedrals-vaulted-ceiling-still-under-risk-of-imminent-collapse/

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Sympathy for Australia

Australian bush fire

A fire took hold of Notre Dame in April last year and it left an immense mess but nobody was killed. Right now in Australia bush fires are burning the country. Some people are dying and tens of thousands of people are displaced.

Climate change is happening, and happening right now.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/02/australia-bushfires-tens-of-thousands-stranded-while-attempting-to-flee

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Welcome to the 20s from this Notre Dame site

New Year at Notre Dame

Some people know the 1920s as the roaring twenties but for many people the 1920s were years of little money and depression. So what will the 2020s bring?

I don’t know of course, but as long as it’s not as bad as 2019 when, in April, a massive fire almost destroyed Notre Dame and later Boris Johnson was made UK Prime Minister, it might be better.

But of course as climate change takes hold, it might be worse.

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Happy Hew Year everybody.

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