Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA

Rebekah Wingert-Jabi/2015/69 min/Architecture

Robert Simon (1914-2015) had a vision for American life. While 1950s post-war suburban sprawl cultivated individualism and homogeneity and prioritized single-family homes, Bob Simon dreamed ‘another way of living’ that valued community, nature, and social equity. He set out to build a suburban town that integrated citizens across racial, economic, and religious divides. His vision was realized in the New Town of Reston, VA, in 1964. Despite early challenges, the town became an international sensation inspiring new trends in suburban development – mixing residential and commercial zones and creating open spaces and plazas to promote community.