22 Aug '11, 12pm

Designers set out to make Levittown, N.Y. more livable and less car-dependent

Designers set out to make Levittown, N.Y. more livable and less car-dependent

A sign at an open house for the designers' Levittown retrofit. Photo: Dave Pinter Retrofitting suburbia to support mixed-use and car-free lifestyles is a sticky wicket. Rambling ranch homes and wide-wide-wide roads seem to discourage the walkability and local commerce people desire. But that hasn't stopped architects, designers, and the like from pitching their proposals. The latest comes from Dutch design group Droog and New York City-based architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro . The pair set out to retrofit the most suburban of suburbias -- Levittown, N.Y . Most suburban retrofit plans involve plopping accessory buildings in front of or behind houses, or stretching buildings' original floor plans to add living or commercial space. Droog and Diller Scofidio + Renfro tick both of those boxes, but theirs is more design exercise than serious proposal, so they added a h...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-08-22-levitt-to-beaver-s...

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