The ground is breaking in New Orleans, and it’s giving the Lower 9th Ward a reason to celebrate. Thanks to the effort and celebrity backing of a familiar face on Inhabitat, Brad Pitt’s Make it Right (MIR) initiative recently began construction on several homes! Contributing to the rebuilding effort following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the Make it Right campaign set a goal of constructing 150 new residences designed by 13 different local, national and international architectural firms. While each design is unique, all the homes are employing sustainable building strategies while taking into consideration the ease of fabrication through replication. Each home is designed to be built within a budget of $150,000, which has been collected primarily by donations pledged through their website.
Make it Right is committed to working hand-in-hand with New Orleans communities to help rebuild their neighborhoods. The organization convenes with local groups to select residents in need who then select their future home from one of 13 designs. Of these designs, three houses have begun construction thus far, including Inhabitat regulars Kieran Timberlake Associates ’ Garden Prototype, a house by international architecture firm GRAFT, and Concordia Architect’s Lagnaippe House.
Featured above, Kieran Timberlake’s Garden Prototype stick-built home is somewhat reminiscent of their acclaimed Loblolly House. A flexible system allows for a variety of customization opportunities for potential owners while opening-up the possibility of off-site prefabricated and assembled systems.
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