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This feature is continued from yesterday…

Areas of the Ninth Ward retain a rural character five years later, as many of the lots remain vacant and undeveloped. The bright spot, Make it Right,  was the focus for the afternoon. Brad Pitt’s initiative has thus far yielded 49 new homes designed by an international group of 21 architects including Thom Mayne and Shigeru Ban, with about half already completed and occupied. The team got an unexpected tour of one of these homes, when owner Robert invited them inside and pointed out the sustainable features, and told his story of disaster, displacement and recovery.

The Harrington team spent the entirety of the following day helping to construct a Habitat for Humanity home. Working alongside a future homeowner (volunteer hours are a requirement for ownership) they hung doors, installed window sills, baseboard and architectural trim after short lessons in the requisite power tools. H-for-H staffers are skilled in the trades; more importantly they are patient supervisors who get real production out of amateur volunteers.

The next day the team painted the exterior of a historic home in the Tremé, a neighborhood just west of the Quarter. The home was being brought back by a number of teams, including apprentices in the plaster trade (much better than drywall in this climate, keeps the interior cool, and dries out after a flood). The house happened to be across the street from Willie Mae’s Fried Chicken, featuring a James Beard-recognized chef in a most unexpected location.
To see all photos from the New Orleans part of the trip, click here.

Information courtesy Crandon Gustafson. Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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