Thursday, November 5, 2009

Morphosis Mayne Selected for Presidential Council

President Obama has named Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects to his Committee on Arts and Humanities. Times-Picayune arts reporter Doug MacCash recently interviewed the Pritzker Prize-winning architect regarding his Make It Right Floating House, located in the Lower Ninth Ward:

"He said he would eventually like to see assembly lines churning out floating chassis for future houses in flood-threatened coastal regions around the world. The solar-electric power system, storage batteries, and green appliances in Mayne’s storm-resistant design are so efficient that he believes the home will prove to be entirely energy self-sufficient. Entirely. A generator is on hand for emergency off-the-grid power. Such features would be of special significance to the residents of the Make It Right development, since each suffered the loss of a conventional home in the 2005 cataclysmic flood."

Read the full article here.

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