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Brad Pitt charity Make It Right showcases storm-sturdy houses

Brad Pitt charity Make It Right showcases storm-sturdy houses

Make It Right charity’s winning design, the Resilient House, will be built in the Rockaways for $50,000.
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A group of architects — teaming with Brad Pitt — has thrown a cutting-edge life preserver to the Sandy-ravaged Rockaways in Queens.
The actor’s “Make it Right” charity will build a $50,000 storm-resistant home in the neighborhood to showcase several designs created in a competition by the American Institute of Architects and Architecture for Humanity.
The winning design, called Resilient House, is a modern riff on the Rockaways’ renowned bungalows.
It features a split roof that creates a row of windows to keep the house bright and warm year-round, plus other “passive house” features.
The house, designed by Toronto architects Sunstainable.TO, needs almost no heating or cooling — in fact, it doesn’t have a furnace and the air conditioning unit is minimal.

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