Anthony Paletta

Anthony Paletta

Anthony Paletta is a freelance writer located in New York City. He's contributed to the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Metropolis, Architectural Record, and other publications.

photo: The Pan-Am Worldport at JFK International Airport, built in 1960,

Why Airports Die

Expensive to build, hard to adapt to other uses, and now facing massive pandemic-related challenges, airport terminals often live short, difficult lives.

photo: The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore

In the 1980s, Every City Needed a Science Center

Civic boosters were once convinced that planetariums and Tesla coils could revive American downtowns.

A diamond-like glass-walled church building, lit up from the inside.

How a Drive-In Megachurch Became a Catholic Cathedral

Designed by an acclaimed architect for a famous televangelist, a unique church in Southern California has been transformed.

The Woman Who Elevated Modern Poland’s Architecture

A new exhibit displays Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak’s talent, which strove beyond the postwar standards of mass-production and prefabrication in her home country.

The Dream of the Bauhaus Is Alive Just Outside Pittsburgh

Aluminum City Terrace was a project of the Federal Works Agency and the only multi-tenant housing taken on by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer in the U.S.

As Brazil Went, So Did Oscar Niemeyer

The architect’s ability to land big works in his home country before and after his exile speaks to Brazil’s enthusiasm for civic gigantism and Modernism.

The Face Behind Pittsburgh’s Modernism

Tasso Katselas was prolific in his home city for the second half of the 20th century, but his work remains underappreciated.

Beyond ‘Habitat’

After Moshe Safdie’s thesis project in Montreal brought him instant fame in 1967, a chance to build a new community in Baltimore turned into a reality check.

Atrium of modernist office park.

A New Urbanist Developer Gives Saarinen a Reboot

A suburban megacampus for corporate giant Bell Labs makes way for a more diverse second life.

1970s apartment building in the Bronx

'It Wouldn't Happen Today'

In the 1970s, a state agency tapped some of the best young architects in the country for an ambitious affordable housing effort that—despite its flaws—could not be matched today.

Allegheny Center in 1974.

Renewing Renewal in Pittsburgh

Neither catastrophic nor beloved, the post-war regeneration of Allegheny Center has quietly gone stale in recent years. Today, it’s getting a much needed facelift.

A rendering of the Neiman Marcus inside The Shops at Hudson Yards

How Manhattan Got Vertical Retail Right, Again

After building a few duds in the late 20th century, architects and developers are giving New Yorkers a better multi-level retail experience with a mix of new ideas and lessons from the past.

A Modernist's Guide to Society Hill

At the time of its redevelopment, contemporary design was believed to bring out the best of this historic Philadelphia neighborhood. It’s aged quite well.

Washington, D.C.'s Union Station Great Hall in 1980,

America's Train Stations: An Architectural Explainer

Long before America had a distinct sense of buildings as corporate branding, rail lines were busy laying the very track of the idea.

America's State Capitols: An Architectural Explainer

Like much of the built environment in the U.S., they are a bit more similar than you’d hope, and yet harbor plenty of intriguing variety.