Architects have unveiled the first floating house permitted in the United States for actor Brad Pitt’s ‘Make It Right Foundation’ in New Orleans, which is designed to float securely with rising water levels.
According to a report in Environmental News Network (ENN), the FLOAT House has been designed by Morphosis Architects, under the direction of renowned architect and UCLA distinguished Professor Thom Mayne.
Mayne led a team from Morphosis Architects and graduate students from UCLA Architecture and Urban Design in this innovative housing project to help with the rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward post-Hurricane Katrina.
The concept emerged from a study of the flooding record, social and cultural history of the city, and the ecology of the Mississippi Delta.
The FLOAT House is a new model for flood-safe, affordable and sustainable housing that is designed to float securely with rising water levels.
In the event of flooding, the base of the house – reconceived as a chassis – acts as a raft, allowing the house to rise vertically on guide posts, securely floating up to twelve feet as water levels rise.
While not designed for occupants to remain in the home during a hurricane, this innovative structure aims to minimize catastrophic damage and preserve the homeowner’s investment in their property.
This approach also allows for the early return of occupants in the aftermath of a hurricane or flood.
According to Tom Darden, Executive Director of the Make It Right Foundation, “When Brad Pitt launched Make It Right, he promised the residents of the Lower 9th Ward that he would help them build back stronger, safer and better able to survive the next storm or flood. The FLOAT House is helping us deliver on that promise.”
“For the first time, this house brings technology to Americans that was created to help save homes and speed recovery from flooding,” he said.
“It’s an approach and design that could and should be replicated all over the world now threatened with increased flooding caused by climate change,” he added.
Designed in response to Ninth Ward residents’ specific needs, the FLOAT House serves as a scalable prototype that can be mass-produced and adapted to the needs of communities world-wide facing similar challenges.
The state-of-the-art home uses high-performance systems, energy efficient appliances, and prefabrication methods to produce an affordable, sustainable house that generates its own power, minimizes resource consumption, and collects its own water. (ANI)
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I finally got around to capping the bonus features for Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve. It’s not much, but at least it’s something. lol. Enjoy!
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I just added 1,000+ captures of Brad from Ocean’s Twelve. Bonus features of Eleven and Twelve will be added soon, as well as captures from Thirteen! Enjoy!
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are planning to add to their brood — they want two more kids, according to reports.
The Hollywood superstars — who already raise six children together (3 biological; 3 adopted) — will apparently adopt another baby and have another biological child.
“They want one more biological baby and an adopted baby — for now,” a source told America’s Life & Style magazine. “But who knows what the future holds. Some people get addicted to drugs and alcohol, but Brad and Angie are addicted to children.”
Jolie, 34, recently revealed her desire to have more kids.
“I can see further additions to the family — both adopted and our own,” she told British magazine Stylist in its October issue.
“We have to make sure we can devote enough time to each of them.”
“There’s always one of ours demanding that I help color in something very important with crayons,” added Jolie, who is mom to Maddox, 8, Pax, 5, Zahara, 4, Shiloh, 3, and 15-month-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
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Has Angelina rubbed off on Brad? Or maybe it’s vice versa.
It’s been four years since Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast, and many areas are still recovering. To move these efforts along, Brad Pitt has put his celebrity weight behind rebuilding efforts inÂ New Orleans’ 9th Ward. Working with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Cherokee Gives Back Foundation, Pitt set up the Make It Right FoundationÂ back in 2007, pledging $5 million of his own money.Â
“Make It RightÂ is devoted to catalyzing sustainable development in collaboration with the local New Orleans community,” Â the Clinton Global Initiative website explains.
Make It Right has completed 13 energy-efficient houses and is employingÂ 1,500 local contractors in the work. Â In addition to putting roofs over heads, the homes save owners, on average, 30% on energy bills each month.
In a press release, Pitt says their work proves that energy-efficient homes can be affordable, and that the program should serve as aÂ model for builders and communities worldwide.Â
“By this time next year, when we put the lid on our 150th house, that house will be built for the same price as any substandard house that’s being built in New Orleans, if not cheaper,” Pitt says.
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Cross another possible contender off your Oscar ‘09 ballot: Terrence Malick reportedly won’t have his decades-in-the-making The Tree of Life ready to go by the end of the year. The film features Brad Pitt as the father of a boy whose lost innocence haunts him as he grows into a man played by Sean Penn. As per Malick’s usual, it’s highly conceptual, rigorously crafted and now indefinitely delayed.
Anne Thompson offers the scoop, passing along word from Malick’s distributor at Apparition that the filmmaker — a notorious perfectionist and recluse for whom Life would be only his fifth feature in 35 years — has vanished into the editing room for at least the rest of this year. (He usually takes more than a million feet of film along with him, which tends to, well, protract the process.) It’s not mentioned whether or not Apparition might be tight on funds, but I doubt it; they literally just opened shop with Bright Star (which isn’t lighting up the art-house box office, but still), and they have only Black Dynamite and The Young Victoria left for ‘09.
Don’t count on an outside shot at Sundance, either; this has a Cannes’ 2010 competition premiere written all over it, naturally followed by another Riviera rendezvous between Pitt and Ann Curry, whose inquiry as to whether the actor would ever symbolically adopt Penn as his real son if given the chance will be met with stony, awkward silence.
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Believe it or not, perpetual bachelor George Clooney sees lots of children in his future.
They’re just not his own.
“I’m going to adopt some of Brad Pitt’s kids. I owe him a few,” he joked at Wednesday’s press conference in London for his new flick Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on Roald Dahl’s book and set to open in the U.S. Nov. 25.
The notorious ladies’ man, 48, mostly recently spotted on the arm of Italian TV presenter Elisabetta Canalis, says he feels like he’s skipped from the dad stage straight to granddad status.
He says this seems especially so considering the fact that in the stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox he voices the role of the father to the character played by 29-year-old Jason Schwartzman (who recently married clothing designer Brady Cunningham).
“Just having Jason here next to me makes me feel like a father,” he quipped. “He just got married, so I feel like a grandfather. I’m jumping right into it. I will bring lots of kids to the red carpet.”
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Over the past couple of years, Brad Pitt has probably done more for the hat industry than any other celebrity. From Ivy Caps to Fedoras, it’s rare to see the 45-year-old actor without something on his head.
According to ContactMusic, Pitt’s fondness for head gear has turned into a massive collection — with fans and friends alike giving him new hats constantly as gifts. “It’s fair to say Brad has quite a collection of hats now. It’s become something of a joke between him and Angelina as just about every day he’s sent one as a gift,” a source said.
To whittle down his inventory, Pitt plans on selecting those hats that no longer have his love and donating them to charity. We’ve no doubt that they’ll raise a bit of cash for some organizations out there. In the meantime, if you’re eager to get something Pitt-inspired now and help make a difference, might we suggest this Make It Right military cap?
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I just added tons of stills, posters, wallpapers, etc. from some of Brad’s movies. More will be coming soon! Enjoy!
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I just added 1,000+ captures of Brad from Ocean’s Eleven. Captures of the bonus features are coming soon! Enjoy!
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