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Crap houses with toxic materials and appliances that run up their electricity bills and may lead to a foreclosure
by Katy Purviance on 03/19/08 @ 10:57:05 pm
Categories: News, Architects, Green Design | 266 words | 1466 views

Brad Pitt’s non-profit, Make It Right, subsidizes the difference between what New Orleanians can afford and what it takes to build a new house.

A new sustainable house designed by one of the world’s foremost architects, that is, including Thom Mayne, David Adjaye, Shigeru Ban, and Kieran Timberlake. You can take a look at the designs here (scroll all the way to the bottom.)

“Our idea was, OK, these people need help rebuilding, so let’s bring in the great minds that we can find.” – Brad Pitt

Why? Check this out. I LOVE Brad’s answer:

“Because these people suffered a horrific event, and truthfully great injustice in the aftermath, and they’re still suffering that injustice. So what are you going to follow that injustice with? Crap houses with toxic materials and appliances that run up their electricity bills and may lead to a foreclosure? I mean, really. This to me is a social-justice issue. And to create something that’s equitable and fair and has respect and provides dignity for the family within is absolutely essential to rebuilding here.”

I mean, really!

The list of 13 architects was assembled by William McDonough + Partners and Graft, the L.A.-based firm.

I read McDonough’s Cradle-to-Cradle a few months ago. Have you read this book yet? You have to read this book. It will change the way you think about everything. After reading it, I decided that I absolutely want to work with McDonough pretty much as soon as possible.

(I wonder if he’s on MySpace? And if he would be my Friend?)

Read the whole thing.

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