Visit the first Open houses
On Saturday, April 23rd over 150 people visited nine Open houses in Levittown, NY designed and executed by architects, designers and artists in collaboration with the homeowners. Services were available, and over $1500 was raised by the homeowners.
By bus from Studio-X New York
Buses to Levittown departed from Studio-X New York at 1:00 pm and departed from Levittown at 6:00 pm, returning visitors to Studio-X New York. Lunch was provided on the bus.
Visitors could the train to Hicksville station and get picked up by shuttle bus to Levittown.
Future Open Houses
by EFGH (Hayley Eber & Frank Gesualdi)
with Irina Chernyakova
Existing rules of the suburbs are becoming outdated as home-made services and collaborative consumption are becoming increasingly widespread. Future Open Houses imagines how the new residential service economy might affect the protocols of an archetypal suburb. As a case study, six blocks of Levittown visualize the potential outcome of a bottom-up suburban service economy. New organization, zoning codes and public-private relationships are proposed. A catalogue of housing typologies and spatial negotiations is presented for a future suburbia in which increased density, opportunistic land use and new combinations of public and private programming co-exist.
Visitors to the showroom are invited to think about their potential home transformations and to join the Open house movement at www.openhouse2011.com/discover
EFGH is a New York-based architecture and design practice founded in 2007 by Hayley Eber and Frank Gesualdi. The studio pursues a diverse range of work, from large scale public spaces to media design, from buildings to urban design competitions. EFGH practices a research-driven architecture that focuses on responsive design concepts and building techniques that challenge conventional notions of program, material and context.