Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes

Brad Pitt launched his own regeneration project for Katrina-ravaged New Orleans yesterday, unveiling designs for a range of eco-friendly and flood-proof homes.

Pitt, who had ambitions to be an architect if he had not taken up acting, commissioned 13 architectural firms to produce houses that would incorporate solar power and other environmentally-sound designs.

Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited.

Architecture Firms Involved

Architect Safdie won’t be drawing up master plan

Moshe Safdie, the world-renowned architect behind Montreal’s Habitat 67, has been squeezed out of drawing up the master plan for the future hospital of the McGill University Health Centre, The Gazette has learned.

The MUHC announced with great fanfare in November 2006 that it had hired Safdie to design the hospital to be built on the site of the former Glen railway yard in the city’s west end.

Architect Safdie won’t be drawing up master plan.

Major New Art Museum to Help Spark Presidio Rejuvenation

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Doris and Donald Fisher today unveiled an elegant conceptual design for the proposed Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP), which will house the Fishers breathtaking collection of modern art and significant art education programs for the public.

The graceful, light-filled building is envisioned by Gluckman Mayner Architects as a contemporary response to the scale, material and topography of the Presidios Main Post that will complement the surrounding historic buildings and landscape.

Major New Art Museum to Help Spark Presidio Rejuvenation BUSINESSWIRE

 Gap founder Donald Fisher has unveiled the design of the museum he wants to build in San Francisco’s Presidio – a sedate but glassy modern building bearing little resemblance to the historic military structures that would be its neighbors.

Proposed Presidio museum would be modern addition to historic military site SFGATE

Community Housing Development in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — “Higher and deeper” is the theme for the affordable units at the proposed Domino Sugar Refinery development on the waterfront in Williamsburg.

“That’s the key,” said Michael Lappin, president of the Community Preservation Corp., adding, “We have pledged both a higher percentage of units and a deeper income level” than other developments in Brooklyn.”

Real Estate Brooklyn coverage Bay Ridge Eagle Brooklyn, 2007 NY information :: daily paper in Brooklyn.

New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week

Cherry Hill – NJ, RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle, has become the 27th municipality in the US to deploy the RecycleBank program. After just one week of collection, the town has already seen homes in the pilot program more than double the amount of waste being recycled.

RecycleBank motivates households and communities to recycle by rewarding each household for the amount they’ve recycled.

ENN: New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week with the RecycleBank Program.

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