No ‘crazy’ modernist rebuild please

Since last week many people have been engaging with passers-by in some of the busiest junctions in Paris to obtain signatures for a restoration that will truly respect Notre Dame.

France needs to train skilled workers to restore Notre-Dame

Jean-Claude Bellanger,  the head of the Compagnons du Devoir association which trains people to work in ancient crafts, alerted the French government in the wake of the fire that there was a lack of people in the building trade, which could slow down Notre-Dame’s reconstruction.

Danger from the fire remains

Investigators have noted that there in a lot of toxic lead in the dust from the fire.

The model may help

Dassault Systemes, who offered their help and software with the restoration, has a long history with the cathedral. Back in 2014, the company put out Paris 3D: an interactive 3D model of Paris throughout history, which shows the building of Notre Dame amidst other attractions in the city.