Hollywood’s Generous Couple

She rescues Africa, he rescues New Orleans.  Angelina Jolie‘s husband Brad Pitt has commissioned new design ideas to replace housing in the flooded Ninth Ward, and attracted donations from other philanthropists as well as architects and the green construction industry.  Though he sidesteps the question whether housing ought to be built in a flood zone at all–"People want to move back" is not an answer–he’s at least working on the second-order issue, how to improve the sustainability and flood-resistance of whatever does get built. 

Note that it’s hard to be eco-sensitive while proposing to build on land which only exists as a result of the destruction of the Delta wetlands, making the whole New Orleans rebuilding issue a classic case of trying to address macro-problems with micro-interventions. 

Still, credit where it’s due for innovative giving. 

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One Response to “Hollywood’s Generous Couple”

  1. Anita Bernstein Says:

    Angelina Jolie might be rescuing New Orleans too; earlier this year when the couple announced they were moving to New Orleans and would be sending their kids to school there, she did most of the media commentary: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16659949.
    She gets 90% of the credit for this architecture venture as far as I am concerned: anyone ever hear of Brad Pitt doing anything philanthropic before he met Jolie, who (though quite a bit younger than he) was a veteran activist and benefactor?

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