Global Green USA and Brad Pitt Announce Sustainable Design Competition Finalists on Today Show and

Global Green USA and Brad Pitt announced six finalists for the Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans.

According to a Global Green announcement, each finalist responded to the competition goals of demonstrating how green building and intelligent architecture can be brought together in an innovative way while respecting the historical context of New Orleans neighborhoods.

The designs can be viewed and voted upon at

All of the selected designs express a clear understanding of the need to address rising electricity and energy costs and mounting health problems caused by exposure to unhealthy building practices.

The six finalists are:
· Drew Lang Architects/Drew Lang - NYC, NY and New Orleans, LA
· Brininstool and Lynch/Brad Lynch - Chicago, IL
· Workshop APD/Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen - NYC, NY
· Schwartz Architecture/Frederic Schwartz - NYC, NY
· MetroStudio/Ken Gowland - New Orleans, LA
· Eskew, Dumez and Ripple/Steve Dumez - New Orleans, LA

CLICK HERE for more information on the designs and their green features.

The six finalists will work, with the support of Global Green technical assistance and guidance from the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association, to ensure their final designs not only meeting green building guidelines (e.g., net zero energy, etc.) that benefit the residents and community, but are also specific to the climate and culture of New Orleans and Holy Cross.

"The goals of this competition were two fold," said Brad Pitt, "Help the rebuilding effort in areas that have difficulty rebuilding. Advance the cause of green design. We want to rebuild intelligently."

Public voting is available at, along with information about what green building is and what homeowners can do to today to make their homes healthier and more energy efficient. A large selection of the competition entries, including all of the award winners, will be exhibited in New Orleans at the Ogden Museum and in Washington, DC at the National Building Museum.

"Green building can be the cornerstone of the New Orleans rebuilding effort-- and serve as an example for urban areas everywhere. It will mean a healthier and sustainable New Orleans as we build toward the future," said Global Green president Matt Petersen. "The caliber of submissions and the creative concepts submitted by the nation's most talented architects and designers show that green building has come of age. Now, its more important than ever with the increased energy costs combined with the growing risks we face from global warming."

The finalists were selected by the design jury which was chaired by Brad Pitt and included Pritzker Award Winner Thom Mayne, principle, Morphosis Architects (Santa Monica, CA); Pam Dashiell, president, Holy Cross Neighborhood Association (New Orleans, LA); Lauren Anderson, executive director, Neighborhood Housing Service of New Orleans, Inc. (New Orleans); Keith Butler, Investment Banker & Real Estate Developer (New Orleans & New York); William Morrish, Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture School of Architecture, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA); Walter J. Hood, principal, Hood Design (Oakland CA), chair, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA); Marion Weiss, principal, Weiss/Manfredi Architects, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania; David Orr, chair, Environmental Studies Program (Oberlin College, OH); and Yolanda Daniels, Co-Founder, Studio Sumo (New York, NY), and Matt Petersen, president of Global Green USA.

The designs were also reviewed by the six member Technical Jury chaired by Walker Wells, Global Green's Program Director for Green Building, met for two days to review and judge the green building components of the competition designs. Additional jurors included: Bruce M. Hampton, Principle, Elton+Hampton Architects (Allston, MA); William D. Browning (US Green Building Council-USGBC), Principle, Browning + Bannon (Washington, DC); Bob Berkebile (USGBC), Principle, BNIM Architects (Kansas City, MO); E. Eean McNaughton (American Institute for Architects, AIA), Principal, E. Eean McNaughton, Architects (New Orleans, LA); Susan Maxman (AIA), Design Principle - Maxman Partners (Philadelphia, PA).

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