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  • Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world.

    Love   Summer   Clothes  
    Ada Louise Huxtable (2010). “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change”, p.462, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Real estate is the closest thing to the proverbial pot of gold.

    Real   Gold   Pot  
  • One of the most basic human instincts is the need to decorate. Nothing is exempt - the body, the objects one uses, from intimate to monumental, and all personal and ceremonial space. It is an instinct that responds ... to some deep inner urge that has been variously described as the horror of a vacuum and the need to put one's imprint on at least one small segment of the world.

    Clothes   Space   Vacuums  
    Ada Louise Huxtable (1986). “ARCHITECTURE, ANYONE?”, Random House
  • Today, when so much seems to conspire to reduce life and feeling to the most deprived and demeaning bottom line, it is more important than ever that we receive that extra dimension of dignity or delight and the elevated sense of self that the art of building can provide through the nature of the places where we live and work. What counts more than style is whether architecture improves our experience of the built world; whether it makes us wonder why we never noticed places in quite this way before.

    Art   Self   Feelings  
  • The skyscraper and the twentieth century are synonymous; the tall building is the landmark of our age. ... Shaper of cities and fortunes, it is the dream, past and present, acknowledged or unacknowledged, of almost every architect.

    Dream   Past   Cities  
    Ada Louise Huxtable (2010). “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change”, p.132, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • No matter what an architect may be at home, he becomes a monumentalist when he comes to Washington.

    Home   May   Matter  
  • Every creative act draws on the past whether it pretends to or not. It draws on what it knows. There's no such thing, really, as a creative act in a vacuum.

  • All autonomous agencies and authorities, sooner or later, turn into self-perpetuating strongholds of conventional thought and practice.

    Practice   Agency   Self  
  • Until the first blow fell, no one was convinced that Penn Station really would be demolished, or that New York would permit this monumental act of vandalism against one of the largest and finest landmarks of its age of Roman elegance. Any city gets what it admires, will pay for, and, ultimately, deserves. Even when we had Penn Station, we couldn’t afford to keep it clean. We want and deserve tin-can architecture in a tinhorn culture. And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed

    New York   Blow   Cities  
  • Tossed into the Secaucus graveyard are about 25 centuries of classical culture and the standards of style, elegance and grandeur that it gave to the dreams and constructions of Western man. That turns the Jersey wasteland into a pretty classy dump.

    Dream   Men   Style  
  • Clutter in its highest and most organized form is called collecting.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (2010). “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change”, p.439, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Who’s afraid of the big, bad buildings? Everyone, because there are so many things about gigantism that we just don’t know. The gamble of triumph or tragedy at this scale — and ultimately it is a gamble — demands an extraordinary payoff. The trade center towers could be the start of a new skyscraper age or the biggest tombstones in the world.

    "PG&E's real estate rumors" by David Lazarus, www.sfgate.com. October 12, 2001.
  • The age of Lincoln and Jefferson memorials is over. It will be presidential libraries from now on.

    "An Appraisal" by Ada Louise Huxtable, www.nytimes.com. May 23, 1971.
  • There are two kinds of people in the world - those who have a horror of a vacuum and those with a horror of the things that fill it. Translated into domestic interiors, this means people who live with, and without, clutter.

    Mean   Two   People  
    Ada Louise Huxtable (2010). “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change”, p.439, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • the search for the ultimate skyscraper goes on. ... At worst, overbuilding will make urban life unbearable. At best, we will go out in a blaze of style.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (1986). “The Tall Building Artistically Reconsidered: The Search for a Skyscraper Style”, Pantheon
  • Embellishment is an irresistible and consuming impulse, going back to the beginnings of human history. ... Probably the strongest motivating force is the simplest: the inability of almost everyone to ever leave well enough alone.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (1986). “ARCHITECTURE, ANYONE?”, Random House
  • The building is a national tragedy - a cross between a concrete candy box and a marble sarcophagus in which the art of architecture lies buried.

    Art   Lying   Tragedy  
    Ada Louise Huxtable (2010). “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change”, p.84, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Really living without clutter takes an iron will ... This involves eternal watchfulness and that oldest and most relentless of the housewife's occupations, picking up. I have a feeling that picking up will go on long after ways have been found to circumvent death and taxes.

    Iron   Long   Feelings  
    Ada Louise Huxtable (2010). “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change”, p.439, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • In New York, the impact of these concentrated superskyscrapers on street scale and sunlight, on the city's aniquated support systems, circulation, and infrastructure, on its already tenuous livability, overrides any aesthetic. ... Art becomes worthless in a city brutalized by overdevelopment.

    Art   New York   Cities  
    Ada Louise Huxtable (1984). “The tall building artistically reconsidered: the search for a skyscraper style”, Pantheon
  • Because it is a national landmark, there is only one way to judge the Kennedy Center - against the established standard of progressive and innovative excellence in architectural design that this country is known and admired for internationally. Unfortunately, the Kennedy Center not only does not achieve this standard of innovative excellence; it also did not seek it. The architect opted for something ambiguously called 'timelessness' and produced meaninglessness. It is to the Washington manner born. Too bad, since there is so much of it.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (2010). “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change”, p.81, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Postmodernism is a freewheeling, unfettered, and unapologetic pursuit of style.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (1986). “The Tall Building Artistically Reconsidered: The Search for a Skyscraper Style”, Pantheon
  • New York, thy name is irreverence and hyperbole. And grandeur.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (1976). “Kicked a building lately?”, Crown
  • Symbol and metaphor are as much a part of the architectural vocabulary as stone and steel.

  • Some people wait constructively; they read or knit. I have watched some truly appalling pieces of needlework take form. Others - I am one of them - abandon all thought and purpose to an uneasy vegetative states.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (1986). “ARCHITECTURE, ANYONE?”, Random House
  • The perennial architectural debate has always been, and will continue to be, about art versus use, visions versus pragmatism, aesthetics versus social responsibility. In the end, these unavoidable conflicts provide architecture's essential and productive tensions; the tragedy is that so little of it rises above the level imposed by compromise, and that this is the only work most of us see and know.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (2010). “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change”, p.34, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Beauty or beast, the modern skyscraper is a major force with a strong magnetic field. It draws into its physical being all of the factors that propel and characterize modern civilization. The skyscraper is the point where art and the city meet.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (1986). “The Tall Building Artistically Reconsidered: The Search for a Skyscraper Style”, Pantheon
  • An excellent job with a dubious undertaking, which is like saying it would be great if it wasn't awful.

    Jobs   Dubious   Would Be  
  • Waiting is a large part of living. Great, passive, negative chunks of our time are consumed by waiting, from birth to death. Waiting is a special kind of activity - if activity is the right word for it - because we are held in enforced suspension between people and places, removed from the normal rhythms of our days and lives.

    Ada Louise Huxtable (1986). “ARCHITECTURE, ANYONE?”, Random House
  • What counts more than style is whether architecture improves our experience of the built world; whether it makes us wonder why we never noticed places in quite this way before.

    Style   World   Way  
    Ada Louise Huxtable (2010). “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change”, p.34, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • It is the rare architect who does not hope in his heart to design a great building and for whom the quest is not a quiet, consuming passion.

    Passion   Heart   Design  
    Ada Louise Huxtable (1986). “The Tall Building Artistically Reconsidered: The Search for a Skyscraper Style”, Pantheon
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