Archinect - Features 2017-10-16T20:19:18-04:00 https://archinect.com/features/article/10733174/op-ed-an-open-house Op-Ed: an Open house? Nick Axel 2011-06-21T19:18:00-04:00 >2012-09-27T17:49:01-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/am2o2e8bygmqbt3x.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/am2o2e8bygmqbt3x.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/am2o2e8bygmqbt3x.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/am2o2e8bygmqbt3x.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> <em>Written by Nick Axel</em></p> <p> The recent project of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7551/droog" target="_blank"><em>Open house</em> by Droog with Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> is refreshing in the sense that it engages a pervasive condition and experience of the built environment that often goes unthought. The idea of envisioning a &lsquo;future suburbia&rsquo; has strongly provoked the attention of architects and the non-architect, better known as the resident. The content of the project has to this date contained a one day event that included a seminar taking place in New York City, polemical installations within the archetypal suburb of Levittown, New York, visionary representations of a potential life in suburbia (1), and a host of online journalism. <em>Open house</em> uses traditional architectural conventions as provocative mediums in order to communicate, what I would like to show, a much deeper and significant concept that is at the root of the project. By employing the potentiality of a service economy, <em>Open house</em> fundamentally works on an ideological level that seeks to...</p>