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Adjaye joins Brad Pitt's New Orleans scheme

David Adjaye has unveiled his designs for new, flood-proof homes in New Orleans – a regeneration project part funded by Hollywood star Brad Pitt.

The architect is one of 13 competition-winning practices currently looking at how to build ‘green affordable housing’ on a large scale for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The project emerged from an earlier contest organised by Pitt, who famously spent time in the offices of both Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas.

The actor, together with environmental consultancy Global Green, decided to take these initial designs for the Lower Ninth Ward and stretch the brief to create an ‘affordable system that could be replicated’ and deliver 150 new homes.

Adjaye/Associates (proposals pictured) is the only British architect working on the development which could, Pitt argues, be expanded and eventually deliver anything between 10,000 and 100,00 new homes.

The other overseas architects involved in the Make It Right Nine project are Ghanaian
practice Construct, Graft from Berlin, Dutch stars MVRDV and Shigeru Ban Architects.

More information on the project can be found at www.makeitrightnola.org

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