Pieter Broucke

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Pieter Broucke is the Director of the Arts at Middlebury College. A native of Belgium, he trained as an architect and architectural historian.

Broucke: Notre Dame

Apr 22, 2019
Broucke

The impressive-looking flying buttresses of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris are still standing – now seen by many as symbols of strength and endurance. But at the Notre Dame they have no real structural function. Resembling earthbound wings, they’re strictly there for looks. And I should know, because I teach architectural history at Middlebury College.