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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Will ‘Doorknob’ Become an Obsolete Word?

Not for a long while. But Vancouver has struck the first blow: In September the city added amendments to its building code that, among other things, require all new housing projects to use levers for doors and faucets. (The regulations go into effect in March 2014.) It’s a...
Posted On 22 Nov 2013
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How Do Cranes Stay Above the Buildings They Make?

Spurred by all of the hoopla around the official height of One World Trade Center, Slate has posted an Explainer column on how cranes stay atop the skyscrapers they piece together. In essence, there are three types: external climbers and internal climbers, both of which can be...
Posted On 18 Nov 2013
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Kansas City: Nelson-Atkins Time-Lapse

Tom Guilmette, our specialty photographer, created this time-lapse video of Steven Holl’s Nelson-Atkins Museum addition as day becomes night and the building glows like a lantern.
Posted On 16 Nov 2013

James Corner Rethinks Minneapolis’ “Main Street”

Landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations — whose impressive portfolio includes New York City’s High Line and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London — has won the commission to redesign Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall, reports The Architect’s...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013
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On the Road: Interviewing Henry Bloch

The first in an occasional series of reports from Stephen when he’s traveling to film segments for the show. While in Kansas City filming Steven Holl’s addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum, called the Bloch Building, I had the chance to interview Henry Bloch. At the...
Posted On 14 Nov 2013

What’s the Problem With Revolving Doors?

Revolving doors. They’re everywhere  — at the entrances of office buildings, hotels, retail stores, airports, and more — but it wasn’t always so. In fact, the first one to appear in a U.S. building arrived in 1899. (Shown above: Theophilus Van Kannel‘s 1888...
Posted On 14 Nov 2013
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One World Trade Center Officially 1,776 Feet Tall

Once Manhattan’s One World Trade Center received its 408-foot spire last May, completing the tower’s 1,776-foot height, it was only a matter of time before the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) would weigh in on the building’s official height —...
Posted On 13 Nov 2013
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30 Documentaries About Architecture

No surprise: We here at Cool Spaces! are keen on the documentary format. And when it comes to documentaries about architects and buildings, there are quite a few good ones to choose from. Earlier this year, ArchDaily created a heroic post describing 30 such films that cover...
Posted On 12 Nov 2013

Functional Come Rain or Shine: PhotoFlow

Harvesting sunlight for powering a building would seem to be a very different proposition from collecting and filtering rainwater for drinking and cooking. Not for Mexican design firm NOS, which has developed the (for now) concept-only PhotoFlow: a product combining photovoltaic...
Posted On 11 Nov 2013
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Las Vegas: Ruvo Center, by Frank Gehry (5-Minute Version)

A five-minute sizzle version of our visit to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The full-length segment will air as part of our Healing Spaces episode.
Posted On 03 Nov 2013