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Sustainable housing programs get boost from Brad Pitt's foundation
In collaboration with well-known architectural studios, the Make It Right (MIR) organization - set up by actor Brad Pitt to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina - has unveiled new housing designs.
The 14 new designs will be among the 150 houses reconstructed in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, according to Architectural Record, an industry website. They will offer residents the opportunity to rebuild affordable duplexes and follow the single-family schemes introduced in 2007.
"We always wanted to expand the design catalog, and doubles is a typology that's used throughout New Orleans and the Lower Ninth Ward," says MIR executive director Tom Darden, quoted by the website.
The mission of MIR is to be a catalyst for sustainable redevelopment of the Lower Ninth Ward by building a neighborhood comprised of safe and healthy homes with an emphasis on a high quality of design, while preserving the spirit of the community's culture, according to the organization's website.
Before MIR was launched, Brad Pitt worked with Global Green to sponsor an architecture competition aimed at generating ideas about how to rebuild sustainably.
In his efforts, Pitt is aided by top architectural firms, including Gehry Partners, headed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.
Firms like Gehry Partners and projects like the MIR offer fulfilling career opportunities for those who graduate from bachelors or masters programs in architecture.