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Antoine Arnault (second from left), son of Bernard Arnault and member of the LVMH board of directors, visited the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral the day after the fire. Christophe Petit Tesson/AFP

The profane and the sacred: why luxury firms rushed to support Notre-Dame

The biggest names in France’s luxury industry have given millions of euros to help rebuild Notre Dame. Questioning why they would do so overlooks the deep historical and religious roots of the industry.
Public housing in Paris (left) and Melbourne (right) has similar impacts on residents’ integration into the community. Wissem Felah, Sandra Carrasco

Paris? Melbourne? Public housing doesn’t just look the same, it’s part of the challenges refugees face

Whether in Melbourne or in Paris, African immigrants face social and cultural challenges, which public housing can either add to or help overcome.
The grief expressed at the Notre Dame fire is not just because it is a beautiful building – some places become more important to us because of history, culture and our own memories of them. Julien De Rosa/EPA/AAP

Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

Images of Notre Dame on fire have elicited an outpouring of grief around the world and online. This response raises the question of why we feel more connected to some heritage places than others.
Le Pont-Neuf et la Pompe de la Samaritaine, vue du quai de la Mégisserie, painting by Nicolas Raguenet (circa 1750-1760). Musée Carnavalet

Car-free Paris? It was already a dream in 1790

The debate over the place of cars in cities may seem recent, but pamphlets published during the French Revolution show that the battle was raging before the first automobile even saw the light of day.
City Skyline and Main River in Frankfurt, Germany. Valerian Alecsa / Shutterstock

New monetary policies: fuelling metropolisation and megalopolisation in Europe?

Economic polarisation across Europe is becoming an important phenomenon, in part driven by monetary policies that can increase office prices and can even affect the fundamentals that drive the markets.

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