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EP 04 – ENTRY 04: A SHOT IN THE DARK

Yesterday someone was shot and killed directly across the street from the build site. Nobody from URBANbuild was there – it was a Sunday and we all had the day off. According to news reports that followed, it was one of the deadliest weekends New Orleans has seen in a long time.

The URBANbuild team knows the site is located within a rough couple of blocks. I don’t know, maybe we’re so used to violence that we’ve become desensitized, but everyone’s been relatively nonchalant about the murder. It occurs to me that the URBANbuild group is bound by a tacit understanding: The goal is not only to build a modern, efficient home that pushes the design envelope, but also to redefine communities through innovative architecture, so that a new home means a new beginning – for a family, a neighborhood, and hopefully an entire community. Is it a realistic goal? Your thoughts are as good as mine.

Rachel Clift
Producer