Make it Right New Orleans (l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui)
Any act of building in New Orleans is a defiance of nature. Like many Dutch cities, it lacks the dry ground that most municipalities take for granted, relying instead on technologies to keep water expelled from its precint. Yet, in a dialectical twist, it is those same infrastructural technologies that can have the effect of amplifying the hazards of natural events. Nowhere is this truer than in the Lower Ninth Ward, where Brad Pitt has focused the attention of Make it Right, a foundation committed to building 150 environmentally responsible houses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the city in 2005.