Does anyone think that the AIA and/or the College of Fellows should collect a contribution to the reconstruction of Notre Dame. On one level, this is clearly getting extraordinary support from multi-billionaires and agencies across the globe (that would suggest we could focus on less popular fundraising) on the other hand, this is an architectural treasure.
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Katherine. I agree that the College should do something. What I am trying to set up is to give half of the donations to purchase a brick at the Institute to the Rebuild Notre Dame Fund. This is a much needed fund for the College, but I think it is important for the College to give money to the rebuilding efforts, for we are the leader of the profession. This would be $500 given to the rebuild effort for every brick sold. The College will take a hit on its' fund raising efforts for other programs, but this is one way to give back to the profession.
I wonder if there is a need to take a hit on the College's Fundraising efforts? Notre Dame has a special place in every architect's heart whatever our other religion. I like the strategy of asking for $10 from all of our members and more if you can afford it. I also really like the suggestion that we coordinate with UIA and Tom V. to make this an international effort from the profession to recognize our critical heritage.
I understand from another colleague that the current President of the UIA, Tom Vonier, is based in both DC and Paris, and is a recent AIA President. Tom has begun the process for how to best contribute. Tom is a recent AIA President, and touching base with the AIA.
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I agree with you both. There is no reason to redesign perfection. The tower should be replaced in kind to reflect the period in which it was conceived and built. There is no reason to take a ICON building and modify it with a modern twist. Nonsense!!! I do hope egos do not jeopardize this great building.
John R. Sorrenti, FAIA
I can't help but think about Raphael Moneo's beautiful presentation about his design for the Cathedral in Los Angeles. I am paraphrasing from memory – the essence was that "when designing a 500 year Cathedral, he wanted to embrace the idea that future generations would add their art, their marks, their changes and that the accretion of the history of use would make the cathedral more beautiful." Clearly the Cathedral of Notre Dame deserves and requires thoughtful restoration, but is the replication of the spire (that was itself a late addition) the only right and best answer? Responding to the tragedy of the fire with a competition to creatively explore of today's interpretation of Notre Dame's next centuries of beauty shouldn't preclude serious consideration of the straightforward replication of the lost historic structure; in my opinion it also shouldn't presume that a new solution cannot celebrate both the past and the future.
Very well sad Mark, I agree
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Wonderful news, thank God they have taken a stand