Infographic: The Make It Right Foundation

Since Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, leaving devastation in its wake, the Make It Right Foundation has been working to redevelop the Lower 9th Ward by recruiting world-renowned architects (from Frank Gehry to Shigeru Ban) to the cause. The foundation, the brain-child of actor Brad Pitt, aims to design houses that aren’t just temporary solutions, but rather parts of an on-going process of sustainable, community development.

Learn more about the Make It Right Foundation‘s goals and progress, and check out some of the starchitect-deisgned prototypes that will eventually make up a 150-house neighborhood, in our ArchDaily original infographic, after the break.

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Infographic: The Make It Right Foundation" 23 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>


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    Make It Right has done some decent work, but they should not be proud of building 75 houses with $40 million. Many other organizations throughout the Gulf Coast built many more houses, in far less time, with far, far fewer financial resources.

    Also, Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast on August 29th, 2005, not the 28th, as the graphic says.

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      Make It Right is trying to push the envelope in terms of design, affordability and sustainability. Of course they could have build more “typical” houses with the same amount of money. But why waste the opportunity to innovate? Especially since one of the criteria is making the houses safer from future storms.

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    I visited the guys at MIR this past JULY 2013. They are currently in around 100 houses. They are developing housing based on a cyclical and iterative process.. the houses in the beginning were significantly more expensive than the ones they are erecting now. Architecture aside, the work they have done has created a tangible community spirit that is certainly not present in much of the rest of the lower ninth.

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