Not quite the Jetsons, but a better future for living

By Lauren Hill

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What are your best home assets? Do you have a vinyl record player? The friendliest cat? A roof-top terrace? These are just a few examples of how to discover your inner service provider.

Inspired by the service-oriented mentality of New York, Open House by Droog led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a movement in which suburban homeowners supplement their income and develop a new business by offering home-made services and facilities to the public.

Open house will present a one-day event on Saturday, April 23rd at Studio-X in New York from 10am-12:45pm. Introduced and moderated by Mark Wasiuta of Columbia University, the Symposium will include presentations from Renny Ramakers (co-founder and director of Droog), Charles Renfro (project lead designer and partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro), Heleen Mees (author on New York service economy), Roo Rogers (co-author of ‘What’s mine is yours’) and Mary Ellen Carroll (artist).

Immediately following the program, will be a bus trip to Levittown where participants will see first hand the installations in the neighborhood which are designed and executed by architects, designers and artists who have collaborated with the current homeowners.

While the symposium at Studio-X is free, the bus trip to Levittown is $20 and includes lunch. RSVP is required at http://openhouse2011.com/.

This way of living promotes out-of-the-box ideas which also brings a cohesiveness to the community by increasing inventiveness and capital among the neighborhood exchanges. No flying cars, but this is a future I’d like to see.

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