• Let's Explore,  Monuments

    Notre-Dame de Paris: Oaks and Stone – the Latest News

    The day after the fire, President Emmanuel Macron said that Notre-Dame de Paris would be repaired by 2024. That was the easy part. Where do you find trees at least 100-years old to replace Eugène Viollet-le-Duc's spire? Where do you find the stones to replace those from 760 year ago that were damaged by water and fire? Finding trees and stone is the easy part. The race against time is the hard part. The President and the committee in charge of the reconstruction have decided to restore the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral to its 1865 renovation. The oak trees for the spire (flêche) are located west of Paris in the…

  • Frank Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton conversation with Jean-Louis Cohen
    Let's Explore,  Museum exhibitions

    A Rare Moment in Paris with Frank Gehry

    Frank Gehry had just left the auditorium in a conversation with Jean-Louis Cohen at the Fondation Louis-Vuitton. After listening to his architectural journey as it relates to the "free and independent" architect Charlotte Perriand, I walked up to him. I thanked him for sharing his thoughts and for his unique design of this Fondation Louis Vuitton museum shaped like a boat, which is the symbol of Paris. He touched my arm and asked if I had seen the Charlotte Perriand exhibit, which had opened the day before.

  • Musée de la Marine, Arts et Metiers, Paris, diving suit, scaphandre, Carmagnolle
    Museum exhibitions,  Practical Info

    Art of Graphic Novels at Arts et Métiers

    Are you interested in futuristic graphic novels? machines? retro drawings? You may be interested in the graphic novel, “Paris Revoir”. A recent exhibition in Paris uses instruments, models, machines from the Musée des Arts et Métiers that illustrates Paris Revoir. If you are interested in architecture, you may have seen more of these drawings from the novel at the Paris Revoir exhibition in 2014 Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine. Videos Arts et Métiers video trailer: Drawing Machines Machines à dessiner Arts et Métiers long version video: Birth of a poster (Naissance d’un affiche) The Illustrator, François Schuiten and the writer, Benoît Peeters are the creators of “Obscure cities”, an…