Open House is a conference game designed to raise awareness on environmental sustainability through debate on choice in housing materials. The game was launched at a symposium at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, by Interface, INC, the global floor company. Attendees included architects, interior designers, corporations and PETLab Research Associates. Players took on the role of stakeholders such as residents and salespeople trying to persuade each other to select different housing materials to gain points. The structure of the game produced unexpected results; for example, “fossil fuels” were the leading energy source selected for the hypothetical homes, which led to further debate on the subject of sustainability. The game was played in a large suburban tract house recently built in sight of the acclaimed Glass House, adding another layer of context to the discussion.
- Philip Johnson Glass House