Brad Pitt has graced the cover of many magazines over the span of his acting career, but he’s probably particularly proud of showing up on this month’s Architectural Digest. Outside of entertainment, architecture is a passion for the 44-year-old — especially that which integrates sustainability in design.
The magazine is spotlighting Pitt for his work in New Orleans through his Make It Right Foundation. “I couldn’t believe nothing was going on,” he said of his first visit to the devastated Lower 9th Ward. “I recalled the pictures of people on roofs, begging for help and I couldn’t believe that this was our America.”
As we now know, Pitt resolved to make a difference and brought together architects, residents and community leaders to draw up guidelines for rebuilding. Not only would the new homes be affordable, but they would also embody green technology, sustainable design — and most importantly — be adapted to survive the tumultuous weather of New Orleans.
With 150 homes on the drawing board to be completed, Pitt and his foundation are looking forward to bringing back the Lower 9th Ward — and using that model for other areas around the world. “We’ve cracked something here…these houses redefine affordable housing…this is a proving ground for a bigger idea that could work globally,” he told the magazine. “This project is not mine anymore. It’s so beyond me.”
Look for the full article in the January ’09 issue of Architectural Digest. For more info on Pitt’s work in New Orleans, check out our full coverage here.