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The devastating fire blazed through the roof of the Notre Dame and the donations for its salvation came pouring in. Can we somehow, while restoring this symbol of faith, make it a symbol of hope for the 21st century and the centuries to come?
The design proposes redesigning the roof with the use of corten steel. Corten steel has an aged look, and when implemented it will seem as the roof stood for centuries with the rest of the church. Instead of a redesigned spire, this design includes a set of lights which would shine through the night skies as a reminiscence of the spire that once was.
This could become a constant reminder of something lost to our own negligence and of how the relation to our heritage needs to be changed before the heritage is turned to ashes. And the rest of over a 1 billion dollars of donations? It could help provide housing for at least some of the estimated 140 000 homeless people of France.
This could initiate restoration of our faith in fellow human beings, our institutions, and our governments but also become the symbol of how a government put people first And the Notre Dame would be restored as well.
Concept and design: Sanja Cvetkovic
Illustration: Aleksandar Mitic, Sanja Cvetkovic
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