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Ada Louise Huxtable was a renowned architecture critic who started at The New York Times in 1963.  Her probing articles championed the preservation of buildings regarded as examples of historic design still imperative to the life of the city. Her arguments were leveraged by research and an in-depth understanding of architecture as an ever-relevant art form ("the art we cannot afford to ignore").  Alexandra Lange of The Nation points to the connection between Ada Louise Huxtable's writing and its influence on the culture of preservation that eventually resulted in the establishment of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965.  More after the break. According to Lange, Huxtable recognized the shift of urban architectural concerns from a celebratory architecture that strives for "Roman Imperial" to the influence of real estate investment potential, "Investment Modern".  Huxtable's outcry in opposition to the demolition of Pennsylvania Station marked the beginning of New York City's effort to salvage the physical elements of the city that had historic significance.  Her criticism raised the public awareness necessay to establish the LPC, which has since marked 27,000 sites as landmarks as of March, 2012. View more View full description
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