What would Ray think? Thom and Blythe Mayne’s house in Cheviot Hills is almost ready to call home

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury lived in the same house in Cheviot Hills for 50 years. A couple years ago architect Thom Mayne, and wife Blythe Alison-Mayne, bulldozed it to build a new home. They promised a “very, very modest” house that would honor Bradbury in its design. Now that home is almost complete. Did they deliver?

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5 design things to do this week

This week, you can: celebrate sister cities and their iconic music halls; support SCI-Arc’s vision while honoring visionary designers; get a ringside seat at a great American battle over development; consider architecture in the larger urban context of infrastructure, ecology, and civic engagement; and shop till you drop for mid-century modern or folk art, depending on your taste.

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5 design things to do this week

This week you can: learn about the history of women in car culture; discuss the big ideas that will shape our city and transform the way we live and work; consider what it means to make art in times of irreconcilable alternative truths; celebrate a downtown park’s grand opening; and indulge your love of ice cream.

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5 design things to do this week

This week you can: glimpse into the mind of an iconic rock ‘n’ roll photographer; learn about postmodern decorative ‘whimsy’; catch a dance performance AND a big fish at a marine aquarium; explore the utopian history of Southern California; see images of innovative apartment design; and find community spirit while collecting trash along the LA River.

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5 design things to do this week

This week: take a film journey following the career of famed Finnish-American modern architect Eero Saarinen; hear about innovative hands-on design today; gasp in the wonder of Tyrus Wong’s kites; take a ride ‘back to the future’ of Googie design; and imagine yourself living in an historic Hollywood mansion designed for today’s contemporary lifestyle.

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5 design things to do this week

This week: Participate in a discussion about the role of art in the age of a 24 hour news cycle; learn how the young mayors of Compton and Long Beach are shaping their cities; See artworks by young talents at two Bergamot Station gallery shows in Santa Monica; Explore the art of the Metro Red Line and five remodels on LA’s Eastside; and catch the end of an exhibit featuring rock star-clothing designer Rick Owens’ foray into furniture.

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