When the Sexiest Architecture Fan Alive Brad Pitt put on his cute little hard hat in New Orleans back in August, we had no idea he was going to actually build houses. But the word is out that he’s not only given $5 million of his own money to help rebuild the Ninth Ward, he got David Adjaye, Thom Mayne and Shigeru Ban to help, too. And if this video on his new non-profit site Make It Right is to be believed, Pitt is so absorbed in his cause that he can’t even be bothered to change into something other than an ill-fitting thermal shirt, its neck sagging after a day spent sweating at the construction site.
Make It Right pulls in a team of 13 architects to design the actual houses, but there’s also an 11-block art installation called the Pink Project, based on the color of a wrapped house that struck Pitt while filming a David Fincher movie (this one?) Listening to the NPR interview provides the full story, along with the hypnotic swoon-worthy cadence that only an upbringing in Springfield, Missouri could produce.
Now here’s a holiday gift idea that might not leave you feeling empty inside: You can “buy” houses or even donate items inside a house that people need. This way you not only feel good, you’re also that much closer to Brad.