Artists envision the future of Notre-Dame

Two weeks after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, which destroyed the building's spire and most of its roof, Paris is coming to terms with its loss. Over €1 billion has already been pledged for reconstructing one of the world's most famous buildings; the question now is how Paris should approach rebuilding the iconic cathedral.

A straight rebuild isn't really Paris' style; while it's a city with a proud historical heritage, it's also one with an eye on the future. It's always been ready to modernise where appropriate, whether it's Haussmann's renovation of the city, which demolished medieval neighbourhoods in favour of wide avenues, parks and squares, or the Louvre Pyramid, which was hated by many when built but is now a much-loved Paris landmark.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.