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.