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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

Building by building, we lose our history

By John Conti
In the 1970s and ’80s, as one huge industrial facility after another was being shut down all across Western Pennsylvania, there was little or no ...

Modern lighting choices get complicated

By John Conti
Cindy Limauro knows light — in all its many colors. She can tell you why a woman putting her makeup on under incandescent light might ...

Examine Renaissance, Pittsburgh’s new developments

By John Conti
If you’ve been around museums recently, you’ve realized that, in our media-saturated world, they are trying lots of new ways to engage visitors. The ...

Energy-efficient Tower at PNC Plaza has radical, intriguing details

By John Conti
You don’t have to look revolutionary to be revolutionary. That’s the takeaway from a visit to the new 33-story PNC Tower that opened last week ...

Old churches historically, socially important to communities

By John Conti
Old church buildings ought to be saved. In our small towns, they are often the most prominent buildings around. In our cities, they are landmarks ...

Architecture: Pittsburgh history in 10 houses

By John Conti
We can learn a lot about our region’s history from studying the houses and, conversely, can understand why our houses look the way they do ...

Architecture: Recalling Edgar Kaufmann’s enduring legacy

By John Conti
Edgar J. Kaufmann led an outsized life. Called the “Merchant Prince of Pittsburgh,” he was for 42 years the head of Kaufmann’s Department Store — ...

Architecture: Visionaries saw buildings but not the political surroundings

By John Conti
Let us never go too far in praising famous men. The French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, the German-American Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and the American ...

Architecture: Remarkable talents fueled Pittsburgh’s 1st Renaissance

By Tribune-Review
It took a tremendous leap of imagination to create the first Pittsburgh Renaissance, as our town moved from an aging, smog-ridden, flood-prone industrial city into ...

Change buildings, but don’t shortchange them

By Tribune-Review
Architecture is not a very permanent art. When you see something good, you can’t hang it on the wall of a museum, put a velvet ...

Architecture: Inspired suburbs have place in history

By John Conti
Over the years, a lot of disparaging words have been used to describe the architecture of America’s suburbs. Banal. Dull. Uninspiring. Cookie-cutter. Tract housing. Contractors’ ...