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General News    H4'ed 5/11/19

Notre Dame: Architect unveils striking proposal for 'green' cathedral

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The rebuilt Notre Dame could feature a futuristic glass design, solar power, and an urban farm that supports vulnerable and homeless Parisians. The Vincent Callebaut project is titled 'Palingenesis,' a Greek concept of rebirth or recreation. The firm proposes a new roof made of glass, oak and carbon fiber, which connects 'in one single curved stroke of pencil' to the sloping spire. The rooster which topped the original spire, retrieved from the rubble after the fire, will resume its watch from the new glass design, while the cathedral's choir will be 'bathed in natural light.'

The roof and spire will also produce electricity, heat and ventilation for the cathedral: an 'organic active layer' within the glass will provide solar power, while the roof's diamond-shaped 'scales' will open to offer natural ventilation -- a design inspired by termite mounds. 

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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