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2009

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2015

2023

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Drawing, Make It Right, New Orleans, LA: Multiple Elevation Views

This is a drawing. It was designed by Brooks + Scarpa, Angela Brooks and Larry Scarpa. It is dated ca. 2009 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is pen with red and black ink with white correction fluid on tracing paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Make It Right (MIR) is a unique single-family housing solution conceived of by Los Angeles-based architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa. Designed to address the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina, the project considers solutions to rebuilding New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward by integrating low-cost, off-the-shelf materials with an innovative design scheme. On the exterior of the structure, easily obtainable rough-hewn wooden palettes are applied in a quiltwork pattern, recalling the distinctive patchwork tradition as seen in the Gee’s Bend quilt-makers of southwest Alabama.[1] The structure’s interior makes clear the firm’s commitment to deemphasizing private space in favor of communal, open-plan and family-oriented public space.
The Make It Right project exemplifies Brooks + Scarpa’s commitment to engaging with social, ethical, cultural and ecological issues of our time. As the team writes, “...[E]very project we undertake has an important symbolic role to play in public life.”[2] Working with local manufacturers and using readymade, low-cost materials in its construction, the Make It Right project proposes a viable solution to rebuilding devastated neighborhoods of New Orleans by making good design accessible to everyone. This drawing would be an important addition to Cooper Hewitt’s 20th and 21st-century architectural drawing collection.

This object was donated by Brooks + Scarpa. It is credited Gift of Brooks + Scarpa.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 45.7 × 77.5 cm (18 in. × 30 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Make It Right, New Orleans, LA: Multiple Elevation Views; Designed by Brooks + Scarpa, Angela Brooks (American), Larry Scarpa (American, b. 1959); pen with red and black ink with white correction fluid on tracing paper; H x W: 45.7 × 77.5 cm (18 in. × 30 1/2 in.); Gift of Brooks + Scarpa; 2015-40-4

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