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The Past Has Ears at Notre Dame – PHEND

Submission summary

When we think about great architectural achievements in history, such as Gothic cathedrals, their importance is strongly tied to their acoustic environment. The acoustics of a heritage site is an intangible consequence of the space’s tangible construction and furnishings. It is ephemeral, while also a concrete result of the physical nature of the environment. Through this project, we will explore how via measurements, research, and virtual reconstructions the acoustics of one of France’s most notable heritage spaces can be documented, reconstructed, and experienced by both researchers and the general public. Inspired by the project’s namesake (Phé, for the constellation Phoenix), the project focuses on the digital reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris, a world heritage site, bringing it back from the ashes, examining its evolution and importance in history, and working with the restoration team on its future. The consortium comprises research teams in SHS and STIC, with experience in historical, musical, architectural, and acoustical research.

Project coordination

Brian Katz (Institut Jean le rond d'Alembert)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


MSH - LSE/USR 2005 Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Lyon Saint-Etienne
IReMus Institut de recherche en Musicologie
d'Alembert Institut Jean le rond d'Alembert
SACRe, le laboratoire Sciences, arts, création, recherche
CAC Centre André Chastel : Laboratoire de recherche en histoire de l'art

Help of the ANR 708,955 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: February 2021 - 42 Months

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