Friday, August 28, 2009

Four Years After the Levees Broke in NOLA

Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The city has yet to fully recover.

A while back, one of our favorite celebs -- Brad Pitt (currently starring in Quenton Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds) -- started a mission to "make it right."

After meeting with residents of the Lower 9th Ward, an area hardest hit by Katrina, Pitt worked with Global Green to sponsor an architecture competition with a goal of generating ideas for rebuilding sustainably.

Pitt then went on to form the Make It Right Foundation, an organization dedicated to building safe and healthy homes without sacrificing design.

Below are some examples of the type of homes resulting from this effort: All photos above by Harry Benson for Architectural Digest

The goal is to build 150 homes by next year. (More than 4,000 homes were lost.) The first 25 single family homes have already been completed and are now home to formerly displaced 9th Ward residents. All offer high design and are energy-efficient, solar powered, and storm-resistant.

Photo source: Make It Right Foundation

If you would like to learn more and/or donate to this worthy effort, please go here.


  1. Thanks Brad and all who helped with such a noble project. Perhaps more publicity will get more people to donate. Good luck.

  2. Hi Cassandra, We think it's pretty great too. CDHQ

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