Arieff goes along for the ride as Dutch design collective Droog and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro launch a project to look at the future of suburbia, which they call the Open House project.
Writes Arieff: "But in approaching a real place as a perfect blank canvas on which to execute distinctly urban interventions, the Open House project conveniently excused itself from substantively engaging with the real issues facing suburbia's future. Which is a pity. Because it would have been interesting to see what they'd come up with if they had."
Open House interventions for 2011 are based around the concept "Discover Your Inner Service Provider", giving homeowners ways to take advantage of their excess space and resources to make extra income.