• Press Release - Dec 3rd 2007
  • Contact: Virginia Miller


    National Fundraising Effort to Help City Recover Starting with Lower 9th
    Make It Right Project www.makeitrightnola.org Starting with 150 Homes

    NEW ORLEANS--Brad Pitt and residents of the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans
    today launched a national fundraising campaign to help the city recover from
    the lasting devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, starting with the Lower
    9th Ward.

    Pitt was in the Lower 9th Ward today on the site of his Make It Right
    project's first initiative ­ 150 affordable and sustainable homes in an area
    leveled by Katrina that are being built in partnership with Steve Bing.

    The families of New Orleans need the help of families across America this
    holiday season, said Pitt. We are asking Americans this holiday season to
    go to our website www.makeitrightnola.org and send a contribution that will
    help us rebuild homes for these families -- and rebuild their lives.

    Pitt was joined by the homes architects, who unveiled their groundbreaking
    designs for the community. Broadcast and print quality images are available
    at www.makeitrightnola.org . In addition to high-quality, sustainable design, the project incorporates the spirit and culture of the Lower 9th Ward and encourages it to flourish.

    Today¹s launch was marked by the unveiling of 150 bright pink structures the
    size of real houses erected throughout the project site. The pink houses,
    which will remain for five weeks, serve as a stand in for the vibrant
    community that will be built.

    Pitt also unveiled innovative features of www.makeitrightnola.org. Users are able to walk through houses and select which items in the house they will support with their contributions. The site also allows users to provide parts of a house on behalf of their friends and families.

    Following the announcements, Pitt hosted a party for Lower 9th residents.
    The party included appearances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Ivan Neville, and Fats

    Earlier this year, Pitt and Bing announced at the Clinton Global Initiative
    that they each would match $5 million in contributions to the houses, for a
    total of $10 million in matching funds, and challenged others to join them
    in rebuilding New Orleans.

    Pitt became a part-time resident of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
    After seeing the devastation first hand and meeting with the hardest-hit
    residents, he began the Make It Right project to catalyze the rebuilding of
    New Orleans starting with the Lower 9th Ward.

    The 150-home community will address the dire need for single-family housing
    in the Lower 9th Ward and further spark rebuilding efforts in one of the
    richest cultural communities in America, an area that saw houses not just
    flooded by water, but swept off their foundations.

    The architects selected by the Make It Right team include Adjaye Associates,
    Billes Architecture, BNIM Architects, Concordia, Constructs LLC,
    Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Graft, KieranTimberlake Associates, Morphosis, MVRDV,
    Pugh + Scarpa Architecture, Shigeru Ban Architects, and Trahan Architects.
    John C. Williams Architects, LLC serves as the project¹s Executive

    Make It Right's mission is built upon catalyzing redevelopment of the Lower
    9th Ward by building a neighborhood of safe and healthy homes that
    incorporates modern, high-quality design and construction while preserving
    the spirit of the community's culture.

    Make It right is committed to building 150 houses in the Lower 9th Ward;
    ensuring a green, affordable, sustainable, and replicable community to serve
    as a model for further rebuilding; including the Lower 9th Ward community as
    an integral part of the process; and a finance plan that ensures that
    residents who wish to return to the Lower 9th Ward can do so without further
    financial hardship

    Core Make It Right team members include Graft, an innovative architecture
    firm that Pitt has collaborated with on projects around the world; William
    McDonough + Partners, which is developing the environmental criteria guiding
    the project; Cherokee Gives Back Foundation , thenonprofit arm of Cherokee, a firm that specializes in remediation and sustainable redevelopment of environmentally impaired properties; and Trevor Neilson and Nina Killeen, advisors to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.