Bradsville,USA; IN THE PINK: Actor Brad Pitt's Housing Project in New Orleans to Help Those Made Homeless by the Devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005 HELPING HAND: Pitt and His Partner Angelina Jolie in the City with One of Its Younger Residents

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Bradsville,USA; IN THE PINK: Actor Brad Pitt's Housing Project in New Orleans to Help Those Made Homeless by the Devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005 HELPING HAND: Pitt and His Partner Angelina Jolie in the City with One of Its Younger Residents


Byline: Tom Harper

BRAD PITT is famed for his hardman roles in blockbusters such as Sevenand Fight Club.

But the star has revealed a feminine side when it comes to architecture.

He has built 150 bright pink houses - resembling lifesize Monopoly-boardproperties - for residents of New Orleans still homeless following HurricaneKatrina in 2005.

He plumped for the unusual colour while filming in Louisiana last year.

An insider said: 'Brad sees the pink structures as a metaphor representing thefuture of renewed housing for those displaced by the recent disasters.' InAugust 2005 New Orleans was ravaged by Katrina - one of the deadliesthurricanes in American history.

Almost 2,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands were left homeless asthe city was flooded.

The 44-year-old actor fell in love with New Orleans while filming The CuriousCase Of Benjamin Button and moved there with his partner, Angelina Jolie, andtheir four children.

He enlisted Los Angeles architecture firm Graft to come up with some affordable'green' housing for stricken residents while the city was being regenerated. …

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