Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00
On Saturday, April 23, busloads of visitors are expected to descend upon Levittown for the unveiling of nine style renovations of local homes.
“Open House by Droog” led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a movement to encourage suburban homeowners to transform a portion of their homes to reflect their career or a service that could be offered to the community. The art installation will essentially teach homeowners how to extend their own services to supplement their income and develop a new vocation by offering services at home to the public.
The following local homeowners volunteered to participate:
Rich Santer at 47 Pebble Lane will have a “House Dress, Family Games” theme where guests can play games for a fee.
Anita Thompson at 29 Winding Lane will host “Public Pantry” where guests can participate in a shared kitchen and purchase food from her kitchen and pantry.
Phyllis Dalton of 72 Knoll Lane will host “Classroom” where a classroom setting will be created on her lawn and guests can pay to make a photo album or purchase books already made.
Ann Torcivia of 19 Wood Lane is also the Homeowners Coordinator of the event. She will host “Vacation Practice” where travel clients will be transported to their favorite vacation destination while planning their future travel.
Joseph Barsallo of 21 Wood Lane will host “Future Open Houses.” A map of Levittown and scale model will be on display for guests to see the future of Levittown.
Dawn Occhiogrosso of 495 Sand Hill Road in Wantagh will present “Bright Dawn Farm” where she will offer gardening plants and seed, and other gardening sales to the participants.
Jim Hudak of 20 Wood Lane in Wantagh will host “House of Signs” where guests will make their own signs to take home.
Lisa Vanderberg of 2910 Carlyle Road in Wantagh will host “Family Time Restaurant” and partake in a museum setting of Levittown, with souvenirs, a café, and a house tour.
Polly Dwyer of 39 Old Oak Land will host the “House of Advice” where visitors can gain peer counseling, or hear a bedtime story.
“Part of a shift from hyper-consumption towards collaborative consumption, Open House is an architectural outgrowth of a revolutionary re-adjustment of capitalist values, ones which mix with social values,” says Charles Renfro, partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
The event will kick-off in Manhattan with a symposium at Studio-X New York, 180 Varick Street at 10 a.m., moderated by Mark Wasiuta of Columbia University.
Symposium guests will be bused to Levittown, where visitors can view and participate in several house installations in the neighborhood, designed and executed by architects, designers and artists in collaboration with the homeowners. One of the installations will showcase concepts for future open houses, with proposals for new housing configurations and regulatory modifications.
“We were inspired by the service economy in New York, where people are outsourcing everything from dog walking to love coaching. This service-oriented mentality could be inspiring for people living in the suburbs, especially in economically challenging times,” said co-founder and director of Droog, Renny Ramakers.
“The open house movement is starting in Levittown, but we hope it becomes a model for similar movements across the globe,” said Ramakers.
All proceeds from the services provided during the one-day event will be donated to the Kiwanis Pediatric Lyme Disease foundation.
Buses will depart from Studio-X New York at 1 p.m. and depart from Levittown at 6 p.m., returning visitors to Studio-X New York. Lunch will be provided on the bus. Visitors can also take public transportation to Hicksville train station, where shuttle buses will be in operation from 2 to 6 p.m. Home installations will be on view from 1 to 7:30 p.m.
Reservations are required for the symposium and bus transportation. Bus transportation will cost $20 and includes lunch. The home installation viewings are free and open to all. More information and reservations visit: www.openhouse2011.com