The Easel

Notre Dame is an architectural nullity

Notre Dame cathedral is a “collage”, redesigned in the mid-nineteenth century by an “average architect”. Not much of today’s building is “authentic.” Use new architecture, argues the writer, rather than risk a pastiche. He suggests looking south of Paris to the Millau Viaduct “the greatest gothic structure of the past century: the clusters of cables form diaphanous spires. It’s an anthology of superlatives”.