|Actor Brad Pitt|
Actor Brad Pitt and high-profile architects on Friday urged
Flanked by prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and Pam Dashiell, president of the neighborhood association in the Holy Cross area where the first project is slated to be built, Pitt said construction and housing were major sources of pollution.
"There is a real opportunity here to lead the nation in a direction it needs to be going, and that is building efficiently," he said.
At the same time, Pitt said he was shocked and disturbed to see how slowly
Pitt underwrote and chaired the design competition for environmentally friendly housing with the goal of creating a template for
A judging panel chiefly composed of architects chose five finalists and an honorable mention from a group of 126 mostly multi-family plans that used renewable resources, solar power and other green strategies.
Finalists will be unveiled on the Web site of Global Green USA, www.globalgreen.org, the group working with Pitt, which is now looking for financing for projects.
Finalists ranged from a design in a typical
Mayne is designing a Central Park-style Jazz park for the center of
"That's all I do -- build things that frighten people in the beginning," he said.
Dashiell said she thought her neighborhood, on the edge of the Lower Ninth Ward area most devastated by Katrina, would embrace modern-style buildings, and hot
"Half the time your energy bill is as much as your mortgage," she said. "People don't like change, but if there ever was a time for it, this is it."