An art historian has a digital map of Notre Dame, but will it be rebuilt exactly as it was?
The roof of Notre Dame needs 50 acres of oak trees to rebuild and no trees in France are big enough to use. So an exact replica is out of the running.
What about modern materials? Steel beams instead of lumber. So now we’re updating materials, and certainly the methods of construction are different.
Why mimic the past when the France can marry the best of the past with the best of the now?
I apologize for the terrible renderings–I am neither an architect nor a photoshop master. And nobody would plop Hadid on top… just to illustrate the point.