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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ada Louise Huxtable, 91, Has Died

Posted by on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM

She was the first architecture critic for a major daily newspaper, won the Pulitzer for Criticism in 1970, and whether you agreed with her or not was a paragon of a civic voice for many reasons, among them this small but important distinction referred to in her New York Times obituary this morning—a distinction which all conscientious critics try like hell to get across:

“I wish people would stop asking me what my favorite buildings are,” Ms. Huxtable wrote in The Times in 1971, adding, “I do not think it really matters very much what my personal favorites are, except as they illuminate principles of design and execution useful and essential to the collective spirit that we call society.

“For irreplaceable examples of that spirit I will do real battle.”

Read another memoriam on Dwell.


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MacCrocodile 1
And now we may never know which was her favorite building.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM · Report this
rob! 2
At one time I wanted to be an architect, until I finally realized I had no artistic vision of my own. It's kind of a jolt to be brought back to a period of constantly reading architecture magazines and essays, when the world seemed new and full of promise.
Posted by rob! on January 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM · Report this
She is survived by her son, Cliff, his wife, Clair, and grandchildren Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy.
Posted by K on January 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM · Report this

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