At their best, cities cultivate relationships among buildings across time. Destroy too many historic structures, and you lose memory, craft, and persistent cultural value. Fail to build new buildings well, and you risk stasis and irrelevance. The balance of time periods should be art as well as commerce. Accordingly, a new building with…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading Downtown project deftly combines disparate elements
For a sprawling building in an ambitious Romanesque style on a conspicuous riverfront site, Western Penitentiary has spent most of its life in architectural obscurity. After an auspicious start, it fell quickly from prominence. Now, it may soon fall to the wrecking ball.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Will Western Penitentiary be saved or face destruction?
Stand at the top of the angles stairs in the entry to the Squirrel Hill Library, and you are cantilevered out and over Forbes Avenue, beyond the facades of surrounding buildings. The way the building creases and folds here, you can see outside and back in at the same time. Go past the…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading His illustrious career remains “incomplete”
Sometimes a building aims to look as if it has always been there. Frequently, architects match the brick of the surrounding neighborhood and use slightly modernized versions of traditional details to make a structure appear that it’s been there longer than it has. This is not such a bad thing. Buildings end up…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Seton Hill’s winning visual art center adds to Greensburg’s vitality
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