For more than half a century, Ada Louise Huxtable's keen eye and vivid writing have reinforced to readers how important architecture is and why it continues to be both controversial and fascinating - making her one of the best-known critics in the world.
On Architecture collects the best of Huxtable's writing from the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, and her various books. In these selections, Huxtable examines the 20th century's most important architectural masters and projects, cataloging the seismic shifts in style, function, and fashion that have led to the dramatic new architecture of the 21st century.
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Ada Louise Huxtable was a perceptive, articulate and interesting observer of the built environment. While some of these essays have proven to be a bit dated, hearing her perspective over 50 years is fascinating. Then there is the narration. The narrator continually mispronounces names, is jerky in his pronunciation, seems to have little or no understanding of foreign words and is embarrassingly ignorant of even the basic terminology in architecture. I had to stop listening because his errors got too irritating to continue.
Architecture doesn't translate to Audio
This book is only for the architecture or history nerd (I am both). This audio book made it very clear to me, architectural space can be described but without a floor plan or elevation or even a concept of the building, it is very hard to listen to a review criticizing it. It is even harder to understand unless you know the details of the buildings talked about. It is also very dated material so don't expect a modern reinterpretation of an old building. On the other hand, if you know what the reviewer is talking about, the time frame of architectural history, and willing to accept a very opinionated art critic rambling on social issues of architecture of the 20th century, this is great!
a little. I want more audio books on architecture. While i drive or working i can be learning.... but architecture space is hard to understand from a simple narrative.
There should be an updated editorial about each review when translated into audio... date and time of article for each building would be more helpful also. The titles of the chapters need to be listed a lot better... chapter 1-77 is not a way to list individual reviews. This is not a chronological story telling so no reason to listen in any order. Jump around if you know where to jump to.
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There needs to be more audio books on architecture!