Brad visits New Orleans
Actor Brad Pitt and high-profile architects on Friday urged New Orleans to think green, selecting a series of environmentally friendly housing projects they hope to build in the hurricane-hit city.
Flanked by prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and Pam Dashiell, president of the neighborhood association in the Holy Cross area where the first project is slated to be built, Pitt said construction and housing were major sources of pollution.
"There is a real opportunity here to lead the nation in a direction it needs to be going, and that is building efficiently," he said.
At the same time, Pitt said he was shocked and disturbed to see how slowly New Orleans was recovering from Hurricane Katrina, which hit nearly 11 months ago and flooded 80 percent of the city.
Pitt underwrote and chaired the design competition for environmentally friendly housing with the goal of creating a template for New Orleans.