In case you don't remember, green and purple is also one of my least favorite color combos so that really puts a damper on my desire to go buck wild in the French Quarter and involuntarily vomit at the site of a bunch of purple and green beads/streamers/Gstrings. All that crap isn't really what creole is about. I only enjoy authentic Cajun things like voodoo, Emeril and Bill Compton.
I still want to vomit but not for anything involving the color wheel.
In an effort, however, to write about something somewhat relevant to the "holiday" I decided to take a gander at the rebuilding of the lower ninth ward by Brad Pitt (and my hero Mike Holmes and his show) and his Make It Right Foundation. Now let’s disregard the fact that experts say it might be a waste of time to rebuild in the likelihood of future storm activity or that the area has been sinking for a hundred years because those same experts said we have global warming and I think this winter proves how stupid those assholes are. Also I’m a girl and don’t understand complex things like working the DVD player and global climatological patterns like our present period of extremely negative Arctic oscillation that is responsible for this year's extreme weather. Oh look – a baby bunny! Awwwww….
Let’s just talk about pretty things like color and design! Yippeeeeeeeeeeee!
Make It Right has planned for 150 homes to be built and as of now they have 15 completed and occupied with funding ready for another 90 or so. Houses are about $150,000 and are paid for by the homeowners with low interest loans and donations. All of the designs are prefab and sustainable LEED platinum certified. Last year they introduced plans for duplexes including one designed by Frank Gehry. Tingly with excitement aren't you?
single family prototype rendering by architect Shigeru Ban
both images via Life Without Buildings
I think something was lost in the translation... That looks like shit on sticks.
the side view via Life Without Buildings
The roof is angled at 30 degrees to maximize sunlight on the solar panels. Well, I guess that's good but it still looks like it's melting. New Orleans is pretty hot.
the Float house by Morphosis Architects from here
The Float house is appropriately named because although it sits on pylons it will float in case of a flood. It also collects its own water using runoff rainwater from the roof. I really hate that "ironwork" railing that I'm guessing is meant to update the traditional ones New Orleans is known for. It's like the architects took your beautiful tradition and then slapped you in the face with it ugly style.
freshly completed house designed by GRAFT
prototype rendering by GRAFT Architects via Life Without Buildings
Apparently what the house will look like in 10 years with the addition of an antique car and jungle landscaping. Or is that some kind of sneaky way of putting in an old hooptie-looking car because that family is black? That is soo racist GRAFT!!!