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Here are AN’s most important stories of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we’re looking back on some of the events that made it memorable; whether it be fire or flooding.

As 2019 draws to a close, we’re looking back on some of the events that made it memorable. We’ve rounded up this year’s funniest, most important, and most controversial stories, as well as homages to some of the people we lost.

Groundbreaking projects, heartbreaking disaster, and poignant progress toward social change made headlines this year. Take a look back at the highlights and lowlights, from the smoke above Notre Dame to the Pritzker Prize.

Notre Dame burns

Though Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t the only religious building to be violently damaged over the past year, it seemed to be the only one to be inundated with design attention. (manhhai/Flickr)
Though Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t the only religious building to be violently damaged over the past year, it seemed to be the only one to be inundated with design attention. (manhhai/Flickr)

After the Parisian cathedral caught fire this April, architects such as Foster + Partners proposed fanciful renovations and additions to the structure as France launched an international competition to rebuild the spire before the 2024 Summer Olympics. As other architects, engineers, and academics protested the hasty renovation of the building, eventually the French government announced the cathedral would be rebuilt as it was, squashing the speculation. Chief architect Villeneuve has since made his opposition to anything short of an identical reconstruction clear, “I will restore it identically and it will be me, or they will build a modern spire and it won’t be me.”

Amazon cancels plans for Queens HQ2

Rendering of One Court Square tower with an Amazon logo from New York City’s proposal to win the new Amazon headquarters. (Courtesy NYCEDC)
Rendering of One Court Square tower with an Amazon logo from New York City’s proposal to win the new Amazon headquarters. (Courtesy NYCEDC)

Cheers rang out around New York last winter when Amazon relinquished its plans to set up an HQ2 in Queens after substantial local opposition, but—as an April AN article detailed—the company still has a massive footprint in the city and around the country. Plans for the site are still moving forward in a different form, however, as a coalition of community members and organizations have joined together to rethink development that would benefit the neighborhood.

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