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Brad Pitt’s foundation unveils new housing designs for New Orleans

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building ecologically friendly and affordable housing for residents of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, unveiled 14 new designs for duplex houses to be built in the historical neighborhood, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The foundation is working with notable international architecture firms—including Gehry Partners, Morphosis, and MVRDV — to design homes that would incorporate such elements as solar power, outdoor recreation space and structural protection against floods. Originally the foundation, which was founded by Pitt, offered only single-unit homes, but demand prompted the addition of two-family units to its design catalog.