On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change

On Architecture Collected Reflections on a Century of Change On Architecture Collected Reflections on a Century of Change Walker Company

  • Title: On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change
  • Author: Ada Louise Huxtable
  • ISBN: 9780802717078
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Architecture Collected Reflections on a Century of Change Walker Company, 2008.

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    1. There is a Half a Star plus/minus added to this review. Huxtable's reflections or published memories of change is certainly better than a two or just O.K and also it is not a great addition to most collections. The reason for this is the huge amount of ground that is so eclectically reviewed over about a half century of writing, but trying to reflect on the whole of the world of architecture for a century with a handful of columns. Yes, a handful by comparison to the number Huxtable and others h [...]

    2. This collection is exquisite.Ada Louise Huxtable writes with a remarkable authority and grace, balancing improbably a preservationist bent with repetitive defenses of modernism. Here are some examples of her fabulous authority:The pinned butterfly of urban phenomena, the dissected and annotated crisis, with enough academic verbiage attached, substitutes handily for solutions. (p. 9)and(Alvaro) Siza's work, which depends on the exacting organization of its minimal components, is the most abstract [...]

    3. Huxtable is a tour de force when it comes to understanding and deconstructing architecture. The book was simply a pleasure to read. As a journalist, I was especially touched by this excerpt of her introduction: "Those of us who write for newspapers have little time to consider the long term or the larger implications of our work, nor are editors known for welcoming such digressions. We are focused on the moment, looking for the next big thing; it is the immediate news peg or upcoming trend that [...]

    4. 3 1/2. This is a really fascinating collection of selected published pieces from throughout Huxtable's career. It's nice to have all these pieces compiled into one space. However, you'll have to be an architecture buff to enjoy it. My major gripe is that I wish she and her publisher had chosen to include more images. While I understand most of the original articles likely did not include photos or images when they were published, I think the book would have benefited from their addition. I found [...]

    5. Wonderful collection of essays and articles on architecture and design as built (mostly in NYC) in the mid-late 20th century. Sharp, piercing, enlightening and often entertaining insights on what "good design" means and how buildings both shape and reflect history and culture.Essays on the great modern architects-- Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Gehry and others are exceptional.There are many golden nuggets and short essays that you wish were longer. Among the most enjoyable and though [...]

    6. This is a collection of all of Ada Louise Huxtable's critical writings for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times over the decades between the 60's and today. It is not her best book, but it certainly is informative and provides a window to students of architecture on the modern and post modern periods in Neew York and throughout the world. Huxtable is quite discerning in being able to differentiate between what is good and lasting and what is faddish and will pass from the scene. She is [...]

    7. Collected newspaper columns on architecture from 1960s-2006. I especially enjoyed the columns group, "Modernism and its Masters." She covers so many different buildings and happenings. I so wish I had read them at the time they appeared in the New York Times, and not as a historical note. Since we have been through the 1990s when architecture styles had confusing(silly) labels, it is good to read her steady hand and hear how various worldwide buildings and architects were viewed when first open [...]

    8. For someone uninitiated to Ada Louise Huxtable, I can't imagine a better introduction. The length of her career as a critic gives her work an astounding depth and unmatched perspective.

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