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Dean of Architecture Critics

Ada Louise Huxtable’s On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change, published by Walker & Company, is a hefty new collection of her essays and newspaper columns from the past five decades of criticism. It tells the story of revolutionary upheavals in taste, from the triumph of an austere modernism to an often frivolous postmodernism to the endless variety of choices that exist today. Ada Louise Huxtable has a keen eye for what is valuable and enduring, silly, or meretricious. This is particularly evident in her columns on New York City, where she came of age fighting preservationist battles, and where she continues to cast a loving but skeptical eye on new development schemes. On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change, Walker Publishing Company, Inc., New York, October 2008, 496 pages. On sale now at Urban Center Books, the architecture bookstore of the Municipal Art Society. MAS and Architectural League members are invited to join President Emeritus Kent Barwick and Ada Louise Huxtable for A Conversation: On Architecture next Wednesday, January 21, 2009. Purchase tickets online. This is strictly a members-only event.