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Episode 103: Cathedrals and Candidates

This week, Jessica and Michael discuss all the considerations to take in rebuilding the spire of Notre Dame, which erupted in flames on April 15.

Jessica raises the questions,
What is the history that you are trying to embody? What is the responsibility of the architect to the pursuit of romance and nobility and nostalgia?

Also mentioned this week:
  • Wikipedia on Viollet le Duc
  • Architect Magazine, Rebuilding Notre Dame It’s Complicated
  • The Times, Sharp British Ideas for Notre Dame
  • Dezeen, Notre Dame Alternative Cathedral Designs,
  • New York Times, Notre Dame Fire Investigation
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    Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand Jessica Helfand, a founding editor of Design Observer, is an award-winning graphic designer and writer. A former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Eye and Communications Arts magazine, she is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and a recent laureate of the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. Jessica received both her BA and MFA from Yale University where she has taught since 1994. In 2013, she won the AIGA medal.

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