The Make It Right charity, founded by actor Brad Pitt, recently teamed up with other non-profit organizations for a friendly competition: namely, to see who could design the best affordable and storm-resistant eco homes to continue rebuilding hurricane-ravaged Queens.
The winning design, called the Resilient House, will be built in the Rockaways neighborhood by Make It Right for roughly 50,000 dollars and will be awarded to one lucky family by Friends of the Rockaways, another charitable organization.
The Resilient House is a modern twist on the iconic bungalows that have historically filled the Rockaways. It contains many eco-friendly features, including a split roof with insulated windows that keep the house naturally lit year-round. The house does not need a heating or cooling system to stay at a comfortable temperature. “Even if the power goes out,” said designer Craig Rice, “the house remains liveable.”
Another involved organization, the St. Bernard Project, has built hundreds of homes in the southern U.S. following devastating storms. Executive Director Zack Rosenburg said “[e]ven if you can’t afford your own architect, you should still be able to live in a sustainable, resilient home.” To achieve this goal, the united charities are making the Resilient House and four other environmentally-friendly, storm-proof home designs available to the public.