Notes from the Field: New Orleans

Posted on: December 10th, 2007 by Walter Gallas

I attended along with a number of other PRC staffers the official public unveiling of housing designs for Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” project in the Lower 9th Ward. Thirteen architectural firms from around the world submitted designs, from which a homeowner can choose. The plan is to build at least 150 new houses for the owners of houses lost nearest the levee breach, to raise money internationally to fill the owner’s financial gap, to begin construction in the spring, and to have some houses built by next summer. For a look at the designs, and to learn more, go to www.makeitrightnola.org.

The media attention was phenomenal, not just because of Pitt’s drawing power, but also because of how the project was tied in with an outdoor art installation of 150 full-size house forms covered in hot pink fabric scattered about the site of the future new houses. This installation is illuminated at night and is open as a drive-through tour through January 7.

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