Redesign of Notre-Dame Cathedral site will focus on climate resiliency

A redesign of the forecourt at Notre-Dame de Paris will bring trees and climate resiliency to the landscape surrounding the famed Gothic cathedral, which was engulfed by flames in 2019, resulting in the loss of its spire and interiors. A large-scale restoration project ensued, concentrating on reconstructing the tapering steeple and conserving the Parisian landmark’s scorched interiors. The plan for the updated landscape complements the on-going reconstruction of the site.

Brussels-headquartered landscape practice Bureau Bas Smets (BBS) will head the overhaul. The firm was chosen by a jury from a shortlist of four other firms for the redevelopment of the site; the international call

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