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Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA

In 1964, planner Robert Simon built a suburban utopia that combined the communal spaces of European cities with the natural expanses of the American countryside.  That place is Reston.  In its early days, it stood as a beacon of racial equality within a still-segregated Virginia. Although the community has undergone major changes in the past 50,years, much of Simon’s dream remains.  Another Way of Living honors Simon’s legacy, following him in the final year of his life as he tries to reconcile Reston’s commercial success with its original principles.

 

Directed by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi. Produced by Vicky Wingert and Suzan Jones.

 

*Introduction by Patrick Kraich, Public Programs Coordinator, National Building Museum. Discussion with director Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, Claudia Thompson-Deahl, environmental resource manager at the Reston Association, and Cheryl Terio-Simon, the widow of Robert E. Simon, Jr. follows screening.