The Architectural Renaissance of New Orleans

Make It Right revives the suffering city


City, Community
Damage in New Orleans.

(Patricia Marroquin /

August 23, 2005 saw a momentous event: Hurricane Katrina, one of the most fatal natural disasters in the history of the US. The numbers are jaw dropping: at least 1,836 died and 275,000 homes were destroyed.
Disturbed by these facts and by the poor condition of the city even two years after the disaster, famed actor Brad Pitt decided to Make It Right. Thus he named his project to rebuild New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the area most severely hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Make it Right aims to breathe life into the neighbourhood and develop it anew, primarily via an inspiring construction project wherein houses are being rebuilt based on plans donated by top-tier architects - one house was planned by the iconic Frank Gehry, the famed architect most notably known for his work at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
Yet Make It Right's ambitions extend further than stylish shelters. In fact, the houses are planned to be affordable, family-oriented as well ecological and sustainable. Aiming to become home again for the neighborhood dwellers, Make It Right's houses are intended for families and individuals who resided in the Lower 9th Ward at the time of Katrina.
[Source: Make It Right]

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