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John Conti is a former news reporter who has written extensively over the years about architecture, planning and historic preservation issues. John Conti can be reached via e-mail

Hill District redevelopment plan shows great promise

By John Conti
Pittsburgh has had a number of urban-planning disappointments and a few outright disasters over the years. But it’s good to report that the recently released …

UK cancer-center pavilions show design with patients in mind

By John Conti
It’s rare to find a health care facility that’s actually designed for patients. Some of us have seen parts of the new Children’s Hospital in …

Conti: Who speaks for our hills? These regional assets are taking a beating

By John Conti
We have strong and capable advocates for our rivers, parks, trees and for our trails and bikeways, too. But we have nobody speaking out about …

Kaufmann’s murals have a tale to tell

By John Conti
Curator Blake Milteer leads you to an unmarked, locked metal door at the side of a gallery at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Spings, …

Frick re-do shows how a good master plan should be followed

By John Conti
To plan or not to plan  is not really the  question. But to plan well or plan poorly? Aye, there’s the rub! Just about every …

Don’t judge Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh’s addition by its cover

By John Conti
In art, as in life, good intentions don’t always produce the best results. If you’ve ever looked at that awkward swooping addition to the front …

Built to last: Owning a historic home carries a burden

By John Conti
In 1778, while Fort Pitt was still in use and the Revolutionary War was still under way, a settler named David Stephenson carved out a …

Pittsburgh’s look won’t be the same after architect Carlough’s passing

By John Conti
Architects are considered “young” at 40. With five to eight years of schooling plus apprenticeship at one or more established firms, architects are most often …

Ground-level details heighten sense of place in Pittsburgh

By John Conti
Here’s an article that’s all about looking down at whatever is underfoot! Most of us don’t pay all that much attention to the pavement we …

Architecture’s new frontier: Buildings that mimic nature

By John Conti
Examine some of the 150 or so tiny artifacts that you find in Dale Clifford’s office at Carnegie Mellon University, and you just might find …

Mellon Square remains important part of Downtown

By John Conti
Mellon Square has long been the finest public space in Pittsburgh. Dedicated in 1955, it was a modernistic answer to the need for some formal …