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MIR - Eskew+Dumez+Ripple House


Make-It-Right Foundation


New Orleans, LA

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Eskew+Dumez+Ripple’s prototype design for the Make It Right project developed out of the need to provide residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward affordable and sustainable housing options as they began to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The Make-It-Right Foundation, collaboration between Brad Pitt and the Cherokee Foundation developed the concept. Only 13 architects were selected from around the world to participate. While the first generation of the homes has been constructed on site, the design’s two bay marriage wall allows opportunities for off-site construction allowing for increased construction quality and affordability, while decreasing material waste and on-site labor. This opens the door for this home to be replicated to fill the housing needs of the region.


This LEED Platinum house is designed so that the slope of the roof gathers water at the rear of the house while the hot air inside the house rises and is funneled out the front with an ‘attic fan’. These and other features, such as solar power and solar water heating, work to make the house as energy efficient as possible.

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