Should Notre Dame Get A Makeover?

Should Notre Dame Get A Makeover?

A massive fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral during Holy Week in 2019.  In the aftermath, a variety of perspectives on its reconstruction emerged.

Some embrace a recreation of the iconic building exactly as it was. Others are open to a more contemporary design.

Some want the same materials to be used. Others advocate fire-resistant materials.

Some push for a rapid reconstruction. Others favor a patient, methodical approach.

The need to balance art, science, emotions, and even politics make this reconstruction project especially challenging.


Video Spotlight: Numerous ideas to rebuild Notre Dame


This post is based on the Post-Gazette article, Notre Dame Cathedral’s Reconstruction Sparks Architectural Design Debate, by D. Majors, April 21, 2019; and the YouTube video, How Notre Dame Might Be Redesigned and Rebuilt, by Now This News, April 29, 2019. Image source: Bill Perry/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the pros and cons of using wood to rebuild the roof of the cathedral?

Guidance: According to Mr. Cullen, the roof has to be rebuilt with wood to achieve the grandeur of the original structure. No other material could reproduce the same beauty. However, there are no more trees tall enough to Continue reading

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Amazon Goes to Coachella

Amazon Goes to Coachella

April 28, 2019

Amazon teamed-up with the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California to offer a special e-storefront on Amazon, with all of the items pre-approved by the Music Festival. It’s the first time Amazon has set up lockers at an event.

Shoppers picked up their items from lockers at the 2019 Festival, which ran April 12-21.  Amazon promised same day delivery on items ordered by noon, with no cost for delivery.  With up to a quarter million fans expected, plus artists and crew, Amazon’s delivery drivers were busy delivering a wide range of products, from toothpaste to ear plugs, hand sanitizer to vitamins, board games to ibuprofen to sunglasses.


Video Spotlight: Amazon Lockers at Coachella 2019


This post is based on the Media Post article, Amazon Lockers Makes It Handy For Coachella-Goers to Keep Stocked, by P.J. Bednarski, April 5, 2019; and the YouTube video, Amazon Lockers at Coachella 2019, by Amazon News, April 18, 2019. Image source: momcilog/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Why set up the lockers and e-storefront?

Guidance: From Amazon’s perspective, it is a chance to sell items to a potential 250,000 customers.  From the Coachella Music Festival’s perspective it provides Continue reading

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