Over at Walkable DFW, there’re two collections of photographs of new detached dwellings recently constructed in post-Katrina New Orleans. One group shows dwellings designed or inspired by new urbanists and the other dwellings designed by architecture enthusiast Brad Pitt’s Make It Right program. One’s architecturally innovative and one’s traditional and cutesy pie. One has the potential to be embraced with affection by residents and the other perhaps not.
I know which type I think the residents of New Orleans would prefer. Is it asking too much to expect the look and feel of housing to be about what the residents like rather than what the designers like? Would having a sense of place and history be too much to ask? It’s fair to say though that not all of Make It Right’s designs look like this one, but many do.