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Make it Right: 13 Designs, 150 Houses

Mirproject

If this project doesn't exhibit the power of celebrity, I don't know what does.  Brad Pitt has been able to bring serious innovation to the Lower Ninth Ward — this cool concept is becoming a serious reality.  The Make It Right Project involves some of the most talented architects in the country, and they're building low-income, high-design, sustainable homes.  It's incredible.

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Breaking: Brad Pitt + Make It Right NOLA Plans

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Update:  Make It Right Project: 13 Designs, 150 Houses

Today, actually within the last couple hours, Brad Pitt announced more specific plans and designs for his Make It Right NOLA project.  Last night, I was looking at their website, but it didn’t have any new announcements.  Today, their site is redesigned with all sorts of information.  More information to come later tonight, but make sure to sponsor a home and check out the Pink Project.  Also, check out this N.Y.Times story on the announcement.

Urban Rio, Panama's First Affordable Green Container Project

Urban Rio

UPDATE 3/16/09Urban Core International has gone dark.  The website was shut down.  If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us

Aaron Newman, founder and managing partner of Urban Core International, sent me the details of his latest project, Urban Rio.  Specifically, Urban Rio is a product of Urban Core's prefab and container division called Envision Prefab.  It's easy on the eyes, to say the least, and just so happens to be the first sustainable, affordable, container project in Panama. 

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The Kalahari, Affordable Green Luxury Living

Kalahari

There’s an interesting article in the November issue of Inc. Magazine about Full Spectrum NY and their low-income, green development, The Kalahari.  Located at 116th Street in Harlem, Kalahari has an interesting design — it’s actually inspired by designs of the Ndebele tribes of southern Africa.  The building is currently under construction and is aiming for LEED Silver certification; some of the green technology used in this building include wind and solar power, low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient appliances, vegetated green roofing, and bamboo floors.  About half of the 249 units are set aside for families earning in the $56,000 per year range.  The article goes on to explain how successful Full Spectrum NY has been developing in the low-income, green housing niche.  Very cool.

$20B Green Homes Market, Efficiency Audits, Low-cost Technology, + Green Retail (WIR)

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WAV Project, Affordable Artist Green Loft Living

WAV Project

The Working Artists Ventura (WAV) Project by PLACE is a $57 million, state-of-the-art community designed by Adele Santos, Dean of Architecture at M.I.T.  In total, the project will include 69 affordable artist spaces with monthly rent from $388-963; 13 market-rate, for sale lofts from $686,000-1,050,000; and 6,000 sf of arts-friendly businesses.  The 130,000 sf, 4-floor building will be LEED certified and two blocks from local transit.  The community will also have the area’s first car sharing program.  Also check the video below.   

++Working Artists Ventura Project PDF Brochure [PLACE]
++Affordable LEED Live/Work Space for Artists [Building Green TV]

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