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Preservationists are dismayed that Ray Bradbury’s home has been torn down. But what will take its place? DnA talks to Thom Mayne and Blythe Alison-Mayne about their plans for the site. Plus, a look at transformations in Highland Park and Pasadena as suburban LA gets a retrofit.

Ray Bradbury’s Cheviot Hills home, as displayed on Results Real Estate Group.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caroline Chamberlain

What Will Take the Place of Ray Bradbury’s House? 13 MIN, 59 SEC

Ray Bradbury’s Cheviot Hills home of more than 50 years has been torn down -- by none other than the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne.

Thom Mayne and his wife Blythe Alison-Mayne respond to the furor at the destruction of the house; they also explain what they plan to build on the site and how they plan to commemorate the famed author.

Ken Bernstein, Manager of the Office of Historic Resources and Principal Planner of the Citywide Planning Division for the City of Los Angeles' Department of City Planning, reflects on how the house slipped through the net of the preservation community.

Jonathan Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, explains why he supports the Maynes’ plans even as he mourns the loss of the “little yellow house.”

Suburban LA Gets a Retrofit 13 MIN, 15 SEC

Malls across America are “dying” and suburban communities are looking for ways to lessen dependence on the car. DnA explores explores how this is manifesting itself in Los Angeles--from a gas station becoming a public space in Highland Park, to a former Macys and a car dealership being converted to hotels in Pasadena.

Ellen Dunham-Jones is the co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. She talks about her work tracking the ways people are retrofitting the “prototypical suburban property types” that are now abandoned and vacant.

Richard McDonald, a land use lawyer working on many projects in Pasadena, describes a new vision for Pasadena involving a trolley and denser buildings.

Alan Hess, architect and author of many books on 20th century architecture, argues that Southern California’s suburbs offer lessons in design and planning that retrofitters could learn from.

Craig Raines is a designer for the Department of Recreation and Parks, specializing in skate parks. He talks about transforming a former gas station to a park, in a neighborhood that loves its cars.

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