Brad Pitt Unveils Designs for New Orleans


James Timberlake added cooling vines climbing up the side of his building.

Brad Pitt says the residents of New Orleans have been homeless long enough. "They're coming up on their third Christmas," he said. So he commissioned 13 of the world's top architects to design green, sustainable houses and is building 150 of them, and is showing all of the designs for the first time today in New Orleans.


From the New York Times:

When Make It Right was announced at the meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in September, Mr. Pitt pledged to match $5 million in contributions to the project, as did Steve Bing, the philanthropist. Nine other firms — all of whom donated their services — are involved, including Adjaye Associates; Billes Architecture; BNIM Architects; Constructs; Eskew & Dumez & Ripple; MVRDV; Pugh and Scarpa Architecture; Shigeru Ban Architects; and Trahan Architects. "We wanted to have a mixture of voices," Mr. Pitt said.

Beyond serving a public need, Mr. Pitt — who has a longstanding interest in architecture — was eager to see what the designers came up with. "I was most curious about advancing the discussion further," he said. "That was certainly one of the benefits of this exercise. There is no other reason to call on these great minds if you're just going to shackle them."

The green building elements will reduce upkeep costs by at least 75 percent, Mr. Pitt said, and reduce some of the problems that devastated the Lower Ninth Ward during Katrina, when multiple levee breaks forced thousands of people from their homes. ::New York Times

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