Levittown: the suburban archetype

Levittown gets its name from its builder, the firm of Levitt & Sons, Inc. founded by William Levitt, who built the district as a planned community between 1947 and 1951. William Levitt is considered the father of modern suburbia. Levittown was the first truly mass-produced suburb and is widely regarded as the archetype for postwar suburbs throughout the country (1). On Saturday, April 23rd eight homes will be transformed into businesses by the homeowners in collaboration with our design team.

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Future open houses

On Saturday, April 23rd, this living room will become the showroom for Future open houses. EFGH (Hayley Eber & Frank Gesualdi) working with Irina Chernyakova have explored the potential consequences of an Open house movement, with implications on suburban housing design, land use and regulations.

This is the living room at 21 Wood Lane in Levittown, NY (before). Stay tuned to see what happens on the 23rd.

This is Frank and Hayley of EFGH, an architectural design studio in New York.

New York’s service economy

Open house, a Droog Lab project led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro started with a research trip in New York City, where the team met with all sorts of service providers, ranging from a dog walker to a luv coach and everything in between.

Thank you to the following service providers for sharing insights with us during our workshop:
Brian Mestre Dog Walking, Citymeals-on-Wheels, delivery.com, Dr. Sofa, Extreme Achievers Team‎,  God’s Love We Deliver, InterExchangeIntuitive Readings with Derek Calibre, Joshua the PsychicKelima KMy Image Expert, North American Investigations, Inc.NY Wedding DancePaws In Chelsea‎Relaxation SuiteSanaVitaSunny Bates Associates‎The Image CircleThe Luv CoachTrain Daly‎Unique Chic


Meet Ann of Open house #8

Ann Torcivia has teamed up with Alex Schweder La with Jessica Rivera and Adam Bandler in the transformation of her home.

Ann is also the coordinator for all participating homeowners. She’s been instrumental in starting the Open house movement in Levittown. Thank you Ann!

Stay tuned to see Ann’s Open house, or join us on April 23rd for a tour.