Happy Birthday, Peter Eisenman!

Peter Eisenman, architect and founder of the Institute of Architecture & Urban Studies, was born on this day in 1932.  Here in the archives, we are celebrating by sharing some of the design work for the IAUS newspaper, Skyline. Massimo Vignelli became a trustee for IAUS and, as the legend goes, offered to do all their graphics for free as long as he kept complete creative control. In 1981, a young designer at Vignelli Associates named Michael Bierut took over the designs. 

Massimo Vignelli also designed a couple of books on Eisenman’s work. You can see some excerpts from one of these books on previous blog post:

More from the archives on IAUS:

Skyline newspaper
10 3/6” x 16 7/8” (folded)
Box 321, Massimo and Lella Vignelli papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, NY

Skyline grids, sketches, etc.
Portfolio E1, Massimo and Lella Vignelli papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, NY


Chilean painter and visual artist Bruna Truffa combines imagery gathered from art history, popular culture and everyday life to present critiques on modern society and the institution of art itself. Flavored with kitsch, her works have previously explored notions of national identity, propaganda, consumerism and the contemporary feminine experience. In her latest series of oil-on-canvas paintings, the artist addresses ideas behind “Wonderland”, described as a “fantasy wonderland and illusion, the dream of happiness, and the unfulfilled promise of the neoliberal realization.” More on

Fanfic writer appreciation day

A few months ago, I stumbled upon fanfics, specifically a Fallout 4 fanfic (By No Constraint) and from there, my obsession grew. I am not good at “reviews” so I am just going to list them and say these writers are all incredibly talented. They draw you in and make you feel right at home in their stories. The characters from Fallout 4 come alive in their words and you’ll find laughter, tears, anger, smut and fluff. I am thankful to each and every one for their talent and for sharing their muse ♥ 

@quinzelade  By No Constraint   Danse/f!sole 

@tiny-shot  Hello  Maxson/f!sole 

@kickerwrites  Twelve Bobby Pins  Maxson/f!sole 

@tessa1978  Only a Look and a Voice  Danse/f!

@fancyladssnacks  Paper Moon, Lead Balloon  Maxson/f!sole 

@midnightmooncat  The Institute Job  Modern AU Danse/f!sole 

@raiven-raine  Getting Lucky  Arthur/f!sole 

@baph0maidn  Smoke  Maxson/OC, m!sole/OC 

@syrenpan  Tacit Transposition  Maxson/f!sole

@tasharenecarna  I had strings, but now I’m free….  Danse/f!sole 

 Katlen  We All Know the Risks  Danse/f!sole

Clover House is a minimal kindergarten located in Aichi, Japan, designed by MAD Architects. MAD architects have completed their first project in Japan, the Clover House kindergarten. The school’s setting boasts views of the paddy fields and mountains, characteristic of the Aichi Prefecture. The kindergarten was originally operated out of the old family home of siblings Kentaro and Tamaki Nara, which soon became too small and unfit for expanding their educational goals. The siblings desired to create a modern educational institution where children could feel as comfortable as they do in their own homes, allowing them to grow and learn in a nurturing setting.
Redefining Homo -- does our family tree need more branches?


Alexandria, VA - Human evolution and paleoanthropology are tricky subjects, not just because of the rarity of these fossils, but also because human nature seems to be getting in the way of modern taxonomy. In a field that is generally governed by logical rules when it comes to identifying new fossils, scientists are noticed there are some peculiarities applied to our own genus, Homo.

The story of the genus Homo is as much rooted in historical cultural norms as it is in the modern scientific sector. The institution of the 1700s Linnaean classification system left the definition of Homo as the highly philosophical “to know thyself,” and even today scientists must face the challenges of human exceptionalism and now-defunct evolutionary theories trickling into their studies. Added complexity comes from the fact that there are still so many questions about where the demarcation of different species is is often highly debated as well.

Is it brain size; limb, hand and foot proportions; the ability to communicate or use tools? How do the added complexities of new Homo species found in Asia further rewrite the history of the genus and other hominins? In the September issue, EARTH Magazine delves into the challenges that have arisen as scientists still ask, “What makes a human, human?” Read at:

The September 2016 electronic issue of EARTH Magazine is ready for download at In addition to stories like “Redefining Homo,” we bring you the science behind the headlines and share recent developments from the geoscience community like how glaciologists are employing cost-efficient tools like drones and automated kayaks to get as close as they can to the action on the glacier, how firefighters are benefitting from earthquake sensor networks, and the important role ocean bacteria could play in Earth’s climate system

“Adam McEwen: Tinnitus” at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland ends this Saturday, August 27th.

Pulled together by a continuity of materials and the intention to define a constant, invisible force—a sound in a sculptural form—the exhibition expands on themes central to McEwen’s practice, revealing a disquieting resistance within the very familiar.