Brad Pitt - Making it Right

July 21, 2009 by Ambassador of Green · 1 Comment 

Brad and Angelina - www.MakeItRightNola.org are Breaking yet more new green ground in New Orleans — Families from the Lower 9th Ward can now choose to build a duplex in the Make It Read more

Making it Right in Ward 9: Brad Pitt House

November 24, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Brad Pitt convened a group of experts in New Orleans to brainstorm about building green affordable housing on a large scale to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Having spent time with community leaders and displaced residents determined to return home, Pitt realized that an opportunity existed to build houses that were not only stronger and healthier, but that had less impact on the environment.

 

Previously, Pitt sponsored an architecture competition organized by Global Green with the goal of generating ideas about how to rebuild sustainably. Several of those designs are currently under the first six homes from Brad Pitt’s foundation have been completed. In total, 150 homes of this nature are expected to be finished on the Lower 9th in the coming years.

After discussing the hurdles associated with rebuilding in a devastated area, the group determined that a large-scale redevelopment project focused on green affordable housing and incorporating innovative design was indeed possible.

The group settled on the goal of constructing 150 homes (one of the larger rebuilding projects in the city), with an emphasis on developing an affordable system that could be replicated.

Bradd Pitt Home at 1720 Tennessee Street

Bradd Pitt Home at 1720 Tennessee Street

To demonstrate replicability, Pitt determined to locate the project in the Lower 9th Ward, one of the most devastated areas of New Orleans, to prove that safe homes could and should be rebuilt. Pitt hopes that this project will be a catalyst for recovery and redevelopment throughout the Lower 9th Ward and across the city of New Orleans.

Having listened to one former resident’s plea to help “make this right,” Pitt was inspired to name the project “Make It Right” (MIR).

 

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