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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

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 ...

Thumbs-up for some, not all, Downtown architectural changes

By John Conti
As the year draws to a close, three building projects in the news recently deserve some commentary. U.S. Steel U.S. Steel’s new plan to relocate ...

Warsaw’s lost architecture portrayed in miniature

By The Associated Press
Many splendid pieces of Warsaw’s architecture are gone or disfigured forever — victims of war and communism. But now some can be appreciated again — in miniature. The fate of some of Warsaw’s architectural gems reflects the tragic story of ...

New book looks at value to city of Mellon Square

By John Conti
Susan Rademacher doesn’t spare the details in describing soot-blackened, smog-ridden Pittsburgh in the years just before and after World War II. In 1930, she reminds ...

Kiley’s work demonstrates landscapes matter as much as structures

By John Conti
Landscape architecture is a very much under-appreciated art. Yet, great landscapes have all the same power as great buildings do to sway the feelings of ...

Step up, Buncher: The Strip deserves a far better plan

By John Conti
As three big urban redevelopment projects get under way in Pittsburgh, it’s sad that the weakest plan is in the most prominent spot. The three ...

Reuse of spaces aided by good design

By John Conti
Architects are too often treated in the popular press as artists who build spectacular new buildings intended to amaze you. Their designs make for dramatic ...

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 ...