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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

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 …

Pittsburgh’s recent memorials tug at emotions

By John Conti
War is so awful that we’ve developed over the years a system of cliches — both rhetorical and architectural — to deal with it and …

Strip District Produce Terminal deserves a better scheme

By John Conti
They said it couldn’t be done. But, of course, it could. Three responsible developers have submitted to the city plans for redeveloping the historic Produce …

Architecture photos show difference between drama, fact

By John Conti
Since the beginnings of photography in the mid-19th century, architecture and photography have been intertwined. It has, most often, been a rewarding relationship, but, sometimes, …

Wright, Kaufmann family collaboration displayed at New York museum

By John Conti
NEW YORK — No architect has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art here so often as Frank Lloyd Wright. And the museum is …

Metal master Nowalk has made his mark on Pittsburgh

By John Conti
When Francis Nowalk drives down Fifth Avenue these days, he can be reminded of his life’s work in just about every block. Rodef Shalom Temple …

Allegheny Observatory restoration reminds of its history

By John Conti
Great old buildings acquire meaning over time, particularly when they vividly recall for us the ambitions and accomplishments of the people who built them. It’s …

Mies’ famed style shows virtue of simplicity

By John Conti
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was arguably the most imitated architect of the 20th century. A German who imigrated to Chicago just before World War …