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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

Preserving trees along streets, highways is good for people

By Tribune-Review
“A lovely city is not an accident, as a lovely person is not an accident.” That quote comes from the late Paolo Soleri, ...

Conti: Architect deserves more note for eclectic mark made on Pittsburgh

By John Conti
Frederick G. Scheibler Jr. was a Pittsburgh original. An architect who did his most important work here from about 1900 to 1930, he was never ...

U.S. Steel’s reality is small, like   planned HQ

By John Conti 10:20 a.m.
All the fuss over the design of U.S. Steel’s planned new headquarters building — the very first building to be put up in the redevelopment ...

Eminent architect Graves stayed true to fashion, good design

By John Conti
It’s a simple fact of architecture that architects are no less slavishly devoted to fashion than the haute-couture designers of women’s clothing. It’s just that ...

Advocate architect: Rob Pfaffmann deeply involved in planning, preservation issues

By John Conti
When Rob Pfaffmann took his first class in architecture, the topic was “Social, Economic and Political Factors in Design.” He remembers the title precisely ...

Heinz center’s show highlights 1st steps of architectural thought

By John Conti
The folks at the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art manage to put on continually interesting shows, year after year. ...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s works continue to stand tall as wonders

By John Conti
There’s something about Frank Lloyd Wright that just keeps the crowds coming. The man has been dead for 56 years, yet interest in him and ...

Where’s the museum to honor our industry?

By John Conti
There’s a much repeated story about an esteemed philosophy professor at Columbia University, the late Sidney Morgenbesser. It seems that some years back, a language ...

Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright nominated for World Heritage inclusion

By Bob Karlovits
Fallingwater in Fayette County is one of 10 sites designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright nominated for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The list assembled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization identifies buildings, communities and locations ...

Good design on a budget is not only possible, it can be award-winning

By John Conti
Architects’ ambitions tend to run to the highly visible. Plum commissions are for things like big museums, high-rise office buildings in thriving downtowns, amply financed ...

American Tudor homes remain in style

By John Conti
Sooner or later, everything old becomes new again. When a young couple looking for a home these days tells a real-estate agent they want a ...