Brad Pitt’s ‘Make It Right’ Organization to Build Sustainable Homes for Native American Tribes in Montana (SLIDE)
Brad Pitt's "Make it Right" Organization - a non-profit company founded by the "Moneyball" actor - recently revealed that it will be building sustainable, LEED Platinum certified homes for the Native American tribes in Fort Peck, Montana.
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At last week's "Dwell on Design" exhibition, "Make it Right" revealed plans of 20, high quality sustainable buildings adding that it will be collaborating with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck to work on the project.
The development plans on providing homes to about 600 Native Americans who are in need of housing. Currently, families are cramming in two-bedroom homes and overcrowding has become a major problem.
"Make It Right" kicked off the project in 2013 with architects and builders discussing projects with community members. The one-to-one communication helped the architects develop homes that cater to all their needs and save maximum energy as well.
The homes will have three to 4 bedrooms and two to three bathroom. They will completely be solar-powered and will "be available to tribe members whose income levels are at or below 60% of the Area Median Income," according to the official website.
A certain percentage of the homes will be dedicated for veterans and the disabled and elder community of the tribes. The homes will be available on a Rent-to-Own basis, where ownership will be transferred to the occupants after 15 years of leasing the house. Home owners also get to choose from an array of designs provided by the architects, reports Gizmodo.
"Make It Right" believes that the best and most creative design solutions begin with an open exchange of ideas between designers and community stakeholders. Our design team is shaping a sustainable housing vision for Fort Peck and a model that can be replicated in tribal communities across the country," said Tim Duggan, Innovations Director for "Make It Right", to ArchDaily.
"Make It Right" was launched in 2007 and rose to fame after it announced its building project for the victims of hurricane "Katrina". The organization recently celebrated a major milestone - building its 100th house - and held a gala in New Orleans to commemorate the occasion. However, the organization has been harangued for its expensive building methods and architectural madness earlier.
But, since the architect designed these homes only after consulting the community, this should silence the critics. Take a look at the renderings of the homes in the slide below.