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Make It Right Float House 

  Earlier this month, the Make It Right foundation unveiled its FLOAT House, a structure built to float as water rises under it. One of 13 architectural teams participating in the Make It Right project, Morphosis Architects, working with UCLA architecture and urban design graduate students, developed the 1,000-square-foot home from technology tested in the Netherlands and modeled after a traditional shotgun design. The base is constructed with polystyrene foam coated in glass fiber-reinforced concrete, which is designed to act like a raft in the event of a flood. The home also is modeled for mass reproduction for flood-prone or vulnerable communities worldwide and is on track for LEED Platinum certification, the highest energy efficiency rating as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.

  Make It Right launched in 2007 under the direction of actor Brad Pitt. The foundation aims to build at least 150 affordable, sustainable and LEED-certified homes in the Lower 9th Ward. The foundation plans to have 50 homes completed by December, with 150 planned by the end of 2010. — Alex Woodward

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