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Casa Verde: How Brad Pitt Is Helping "Green" New Orleans

Casa Verde: How Brad Pitt Is Helping "Green" New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina may have faded from the headlines, but there are still plenty of people without housing in New Orleans. Enter the Holy Cross Project, an affordable and sustainable housing development now under construction. (Thanks to Shelterrific for the tip.) Holy Cross is a partnership between environmental nonprofit Global Green and needs-no-introduction Brad Pitt (pictured below with Global Green's Matt Petersen).

The actor and the organization got together in 2006, sponsoring a design competition to develop a zero-energy housing development in the devastated Lower 9th Ward. The winning design, created by Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen of Workshop/APD in New York, includes five single family homes and a multi-unit apartment complex that will run on solar power. The first home is currently under construction in New Orleans, with the Home Depot Foundation footing part of the bill and Pitt still playing a hands on role. I think this sounds like a great green solution; how about you?

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beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
looks great Casa! thanks for the info!
laura1867 laura1867 9 years
this is a no brain-er,,I hope that it is a flagship for the future.
figurine figurine 9 years
Like others have said, I think this is a great project and it's really interesting to learn more about it.
kateisfab kateisfab 9 years
I think this is great. It's so sad to see this tragedy still unfolding; the progress that's being made is at a slow rate, yet there's no media attention so it has faded from people's minds.
hestadalen hestadalen 9 years
i agree with vrichards--it is stunning and dismaying to go there and still see blocks and blocks of abandoned or burnt out houses. the great thing about these Pitt-endorsed houses is that they're more durable and they are zero-energy, which means that through a combination of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy (like solar panels), residents won't have to worry about power bills, because the house will generate its own power. This is also _really_ good news in case of another emergency. I heart Brad Pitt and all of the amazing work he's been doing with green architecture and building over the years.
hestadalen hestadalen 9 years
i agree with vrichards--it is stunning and dismaying to go there and still see blocks and blocks of abandoned or burnt out houses.the great thing about these Pitt-endorsed houses is that they're more durable and they are zero-energy, which means that through a combination of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy (like solar panels), residents won't have to worry about power bills, because the house will generate its own power. This is also _really_ good news in case of another emergency.I heart Brad Pitt and all of the amazing work he's been doing with green architecture and building over the years.
allisonblue allisonblue 9 years
This is a fantastic project. Hurricane Katrina was, among other things, a man-made environmental disaster. Global climate change = more natural disasters, like hurricanes. Thanks to industry, 80% of Louisiana's wetlands are gone, which means that the buffer between the mainland and the ocean is gone, which means that storms like Katrina have a chance to do a lot more damage (read "The Great Deluge" by Douglas G. Brinkley for more info on this). It's absolutely necessary that New Orleans be rebuilt with the environment in mind!
phoebitz phoebitz 9 years
I think it's a great idea - it shows that there are affordable green construction opportunities, and Brad Pitt's fame will draw attention both to the project and the ongoing rebuilding of New Orleans
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i heard about this! go brad!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i heard about this! go brad!
vrichards vrichards 9 years
nice idea but there are miles and miles of empty houses in that area and this is just a drop in the bucket. it is really sad when you see it first hand first a year after and then 2 years after the hurricane and it still looks just as awful. it is unbelievable that so many families are still living in the fema trailers. i don't think people realize how bad it still is until they see it first hand.
vrichards vrichards 9 years
nice idea but there are miles and miles of empty houses in that area and this is just a drop in the bucket. it is really sad when you see it first hand first a year after and then 2 years after the hurricane and it still looks just as awful. it is unbelievable that so many families are still living in the fema trailers. i don't think people realize how bad it still is until they see it first hand.
delia delia 9 years
I am just thrilled about this project. And I'm glad that a major corporation is stepping up to foot (some of) the bills. Corporate social responsibility is one trend I'm happy to see on the rise!
omeletqueen omeletqueen 9 years
This sounds wonderful! Gotta check out the links...........
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