Cradle to Cradle Helps Make It Right in New Orleans

[img_assist|nid=310|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=307]We have been a part of the pro bono Make It Right efforts in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans since the program kicked off in 2007, and we’re gratified to expand our role from member of the core team to designer of the Flow House Duplex prototype, part of the latest round of designs. “Make It Right is proving that good design can be affordable,” says William McDonough, “and it is an honor to be a part of this effort and to see Cradle to Cradle embedded in this replicable community revitalization.” Conceived as providing “eyes on the street”, Flow House is made up of a series of outdoor rooms that extend and expand interior living. The house is a prototype design exploring the implementation of the Cradle to Cradle paradigm. Our design proposes limiting construction materials to use only those products that are in safe, closed-loop nutrient cycles. The structure’s component parts can be safely disassembled and returned to the Earth within biological cycles or to industry within technical cycles. We see the design of Flow House as an opportunity to inspire positive change in the construction industry, and to provide residents of the Lower 9th and other communities with ready access to affordable designs comprised of materials optimized in Cradle to Cradle cycles.

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