ISSSTE Clínica Legaria (hoy la Clínica de Medicina Familiar Legaria), Calzada Legaria 361, Deportiva Pensil, Miguel Hidalgo, México DF 1960

Arqs. Enrique Landa y Agustín Landa

ISSSTE Clinic Legaria (now the Family Medicine Clinic Legaria), Calzada Legaria 361, Deportiva Pensil, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico DF 1960

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Happy Birthday, Trisha Brown!

In 1970, Trisha Brown founded the infamous Trisha Brown Dance Company. She was a dancer and choreographer (and also a visual artist), ending with her last dance performance in 2013. Massimo Vignelli served on the board and created a number of graphic pieces for the dance company over many years. She also collaborated with Robert RauschenbergJohn CageLaurie AndersonMikhail Baryshnikov, and Donald Judd just to name a few. 

Known for her avant-garde and post-modernist work, she often choreographed performances without music. When asked why she stopped choreographing in silence she said “I got fed up with listening to all the goddamn coughing.” This brochure was designed in 1991 which was also the year Trisha Brown received a MacArthur foundation “genius” grant.

We couldn’t resist animating this sketch of this brochure, making it dance so to speak. 

Trisha Brown Dance Company brochure, 1991 
8 1/2” x 11”
Box 88, Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Sketches by Massimo Vignelli for Trisha Brown Dance Company brochure
pencil and crayon on paper
8 1/2” x 11” [unfolded]
Box 540, Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Cinema Radio City in Tehran by Heydar Ghiaï-Chamlou [1967]. The façade exhibits the introduction of Googie design into Iran through its outlandish neon geometry. The entire of the project follows modernist principles through the exploration of balance between straight and curved forms. Unfortunately, the cinema suffered a fire and was shut down with its neon facade removed, remaining in abandoned central Tehran.

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Karachi University by Michel Écochard, Pierre Riboulet, and Gérard Thurnauer [1958]. The project was designed as part of a reform in the Ministry of Education of Pakistan and was intended to be the central university of the country. The building programme accommodates some seven thousand students in Faculties of Arts, Islamic Learning, Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education and Law. The design adheres to Corbusierian principles and the essential concepts of modernism. Every structure was built using reenforced concrete which was morphed into dramatic geometric forms and brise-soleils. The architects did not focus on the buildings themselves but rather on how they interacted with light and space. The architectural language was introduced rather than developed thus created an interesting impact in Pakistani design, changing the vernacular vocabulary.