West LA’s eruv, the hidden wall built and maintained by Orthodox Jews

Orthodox Jewish communities are not allowed to carry belongings on Shabbat, unless it’s within their own home. They’ve found a way around this law by creating a “wall,” often a barely perceptible thread, around their neighborhood, known as an eruv. In West LA, a team of rabbis patrols the borders of the eruv every week to inspect and repair it.

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5 design things to do this week

Hear from PAO’s James Shen about China’s first architecture social enterprise; get an abstract perspective on West Coast landscape at CAAM; attend a design and architecture film festival; shop some modern objects d’art at swanky NoMad; and go to a new zine bazaar.

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5 design things to do this week

This week you can: learn about the landscape design of Walter Hood; discuss Matthew Rolston’s photographs of painted people; finally see LA’s history the way the artist intended; attend a day of architecture and design films; and participate in a symposium about how typography and design can shape public opinion.

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5 design things to do this week

This week you can: explore the work of Olafur Eliasson; hear from Nike designer Byron Merritt; find out why America lost interest in the World’s Fair; learn the secrets of Oscar-nominated production designers; and attend a pro-pedestrian block party in Historic Filipinotown.

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