Archinect - News 2017-08-20T23:01:57-04:00 Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T17:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:16:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every piece of garbage can be turned into raw material that can be used in future products. With his influential Cradle to Cradle movement, Germany's Michael Braungart espouses a form of eco-hedonism that puts smart production before conservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Recently on Archinect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping</a></p> Make It Right unveils new designs for Native American housing in Montana Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-23T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T11:49:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right</a> foundation has unveiled its new home designs for the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana. Following LEED Platinum certification and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cradle to Cradle</a> practices, the foundation is known for building sustainable homes for people in need. For the Ft. Peck project, Make It Right plans to build twenty solar-powered homes for tribal members, and develop a sustainable master plan for the reservation of over 6,000 people.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Designers and architects involved included GRAFT, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, Architecture for Humanity, Method Homes and Living Homes. The homes will be available to tribal members with a household income of 60% or lower than the area's median income.</p><p>Find more information on the Ft. Peck project from Make It Right <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Wood product said to be rotting in 'Make It Right' homes in New Orleans Alexander Walter 2014-01-02T15:30:00-05:00 >2014-01-03T18:59:54-05:00 <img src="" width="540" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Actor Brad Pitt&rsquo;s Make It Right Foundation, which has built 100 energy-efficient new homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward, is considering legal action against the manufacturer of an innovative glass-infused wood that was used in some of the homes&rsquo; outdoor steps and front porches. The wood has begun rotting, despite being guaranteed for 40 years, a Make It Right spokeswoman said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" opens LEED-platinum housing complex in Kansas City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-11T15:50:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:55:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right</a>, an organization that helps communities rebuild after environmental or economic disasters, opened its most recent project in Kansas City, Missouri this past Saturday. The project focused on the abandoned and badly damaged Bancroft School plot, renovating the school building into LEED Platinum apartments, and constructing new homes on the grounds (designed by local <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BNIM Architects</a>). The community complex also includes an auditorium, gym, computer lab and public gardens.</p> <p> Originally founded by Brad Pitt in response to the alarmingly slow rate of reconstruction in post-Katrina New Orleans, Make It Right uses urban acupuncture tactics to help damaged cities recuperate. According to Director of Innovation Tim Duggan, projects like the Bancroft School can help "[transform] the focal point in a blighted neighborhood into a catalyst for redevelopment.&nbsp;And we believe this can be a model for communities around the country".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Since its founding in 2007, Make It Right ha...</p> Editor's Picks #289 Nam Henderson 2012-11-12T14:42:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:07:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> Architectural Digest interviewed Brad Pitt about his recently announced collection designed in collaboration with furnituremaker Frank Pollaro</a>. <strong>mdler</strong> believed "<em>you can tell the influence of Gehry in a few of his pieces</em>&rdquo; but <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> commented "<em>These belong to &lsquo;Italian&rsquo; furniture store in your neighborhood...I agree with Xenakis that he should bite the bullet and go to design school for few years. He could even have home schooling but better he learns like the rest of the design students</em>".</p> <p> <strong>ObjectThinking</strong> wanted to get honest "<em>The title of this post is disingenuous. If you read the linked article from Architectural Digest Pitt states that his input was fairly minimal...Frank Pollaro clearly deserves most of the &lsquo;credit&rsquo; for what was produced...The pity is that companies who should be engaging really talented designers choose to snag untrained celebrities and get them to &lsquo;art direct&rsquo; or &lsquo;curate&rsquo; things in the knowledge that the big names will shift units</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seattl...</a></p> Brad Pitt is now a furniture designer Archinect 2012-11-05T17:55:00-05:00 >2012-11-29T12:55:15-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The unveiling, which will take place November 13 through 15 in New York, has been years in the making. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,&rdquo; says Pitt. &ldquo;Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> First Frank Gehry Home Completed by Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation Archinect 2012-07-13T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-11-23T12:01:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="844" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Brad Pitt's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right Foundation</a> (remember <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">THE PINK PROJECT</a></em>?) has sent us first images of the new home <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> designed for the initiative. Completed this week, the building is located in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood most devastated by Hurricane Katrina back in August of 2005. To date, this is the only Gehry-designed home in Louisiana, and&mdash;complying with Make It Right's core mission&mdash;built to LEED Platinum certification standards.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Here's the official press release we've received from Make It Right:</p> <p> July 13, 2012, New Orleans &ndash; Make It Right, founded by Brad Pitt to build sustainable homes for communities in need, is proud to announce the completion of the organization's first home by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Gehry's duplex design was completed this week in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This home is one of only 22 Gehry residences in the United States and the only Gehry home in Louisiana.</p> <p> ...</p> Brad Pitt’s foundation to help redevelop Bancroft School Archinect 2012-02-21T14:31:00-05:00 >2012-02-26T13:16:49-05:00 <img src="" width="525" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A bond forged in storm-ravaged New Orleans between actor Brad Pitt and a local architecture firm is bearing fruit in Kansas City &mdash; and may show the path forward to reusing dozens of empty schools. The long-closed Bancroft School at 4300 Tracy Ave. will be renovated into affordable apartments and a community center with the aid of the Make It Right Foundation founded by Pitt...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>