I have an article out in this month’s Smithsonian Magazine, on a strange architectural project called “Campus Galli,” a living history open-air museum for which they’re using ninth-century tools, methods, and materials. They say Notre Dame will be re-built in 5 years. Think about an architectural project that might take 100.
I volunteered there for about a week, working with the basket-maker, rope-maker, and stonemason.
The longer version of this article would have included a call for a 21st Century revival of craftsmanship, a reflection on all of us whose jobs are going to be made obsolete due to automation, and the need for strong communities and a larger sense of purpose. I only had 1,800 words to work with, but I’d like to think that this tiny article has found a way to hint at all of the above.
Some photos from my stay…