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NEW ORLEANS – Part of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, a new floating house was unveiled in the Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood hit particularly hard during Hurricane Katrina, when a levee failure flooded the area to the rooftops of homes.
The home was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting attended by local officials, community members and designers. Designed by UCLA professor Thom Mayne, the home is the first floating house permitted in the United States.
Originally posted by MrSmith
reply to post by Aggie Man
If you can engineer a home to float, you can engineer an anchor system.
[edit on 6-10-2009 by MrSmith]
The hollow concrete pontoons that serve as foundations will be able to rise, guided up a pair of 15ft concrete piles, when the flood waters come. The clapboard superstructure, meanwhile, is light and boat-like. Flexible pipes and ducts are designed to ensure that water, gas and electricity supplies, and sewage disposal function even when the houses rise a whole storey.
The base of the home, created by Mayne’s team from Morphosis Architects and graduate students from UCLA, in the event of a flood, “acts as a raft, allowing the house to rise vertically on guide posts, securely floating up to twelve feet as water levels rise,” said Virginia Miller from Morphosis.
Originally posted by Aggie Man
Ok, these people's hearts are in the right place, but come on now...this will potentially create more problems than it solved. I can see it now. New Orleans gets hit again. This time, the houses float, so problem solves, right? I don't think so. Now we will have massive search and rescue extending who knows how far out into the ocean, as these areas flood and the houses are swept out to sea.
I think Brad Pitt's humanitarian efforts are commendable, but his humanitarian efforts and financing could have been better spent.