As promised earlier, the designs of new houses for the Lower Ninth in New Orleans, to be built in the Make it Right project of 150 affordable, environmentally sound houses, were announced today. Shown above is Thom Mayne's version, which according to the NY Times, is "a lightweight concrete foundation anchored by two pylons, like a pier, which would buoy the house if floodwaters rise. "It's a boat," Mr. Mayne said. "The population doesn't want to live on stilts — and it's expensive," he added. "These are simple houses for low-income people."
Shigeru Ban is elegant and restrained;
David Adjaye's looks familiar;
I don't know what the usually wonderful MVRDV were smoking.
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