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Top 10 green buildings

By: chief on May 20, 2010, 2:39 p.m.
exterior view of home on stilts

Photo: John Williams Architects

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Special No. 9 House, New Orleans

The Special No. 9 House was designed for the Make It Right Foundation to provide storm-resistant, affordable and sustainable housing options for the residents of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward displaced by Hurricane Katrina. To support Make It Right’s goal of building 150 homes in the Lower Ninth Ward, this single-family home is poised for mass production, anticipating a shift from on-site to off-site fabrication as more homes are scheduled for construction. Key goals were to create safe, healthy and dignified housing to residents in a flood-prone area, and to empower residents to return to improved living conditions that take advantage of New Orleans’ climate and express its deep cultural heritage. (KieranTimberlake)