Cool Spaces! is a TV series and website that showcases what's new and exciting in the world of architecture and design.
National premiere on public television: April 2014.

A Look Back at 2013

This has been an amazing year for Cool Spaces! — and 2014 is going to be even better. Here’s a brief look at some of the places and faces we’ve seen over the past months. Thank you to everyone who helped us! Your support and assistance have been invaluable, and we...
Posted On 31 Dec 2013

The Silver Bullet Against Bacteria?

With flu season in full swing, people (hopefully) become more attentive than usual about the surfaces they touch and do a lot more hand washing than usual. But what if the interiors of schools, airports, hospitals, and other public spaces could help prevent the spread of harmful...
Posted On 30 Dec 2013

Science Is Amazing. Why Aren’t Its Buildings?

The pursuit of science — at every scale, from subatomic particles to galaxies — continually changes the way we view our universe. But for all of the incredible discoveries that come out of labs and other science spaces, the buildings themselves are, more often than not,...
Posted On 27 Dec 2013
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A Little Privacy, Please?

If you pay attention to office and workplace design trends, you’re probably aware that the cubicle has unceremoniously left the building and given way to the open-plan office. However, it turns out that not everyone is comfortable sitting at a bench, alongside their colleagues,...
Posted On 26 Dec 2013

Azure’s Top Interior Projects of 2013

Azure magazine has collected its 10 favorite interior projects of 2013. The resulting list — which includes Foster + Partners‘ sleek, minimal Atrium Champagne Bar; the colorful,  midcentury-inspired United Nations lounge, by Hella Jongerius; and Yabu Pushelberg‘s luxe...
Posted On 20 Dec 2013
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Exploring New York Sewers With Steve Duncan

Just because a building, structure, or space is purely utilitarian doesn’t mean it can’t also be aesthetically pleasing, if seen in the right way. Take sewers, for instance. New Yorker Steve Duncan, an avid urban explorer and photographer, finds amazing beauty in the...
Posted On 20 Dec 2013
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AIA CEO Robert Ivy on the Institute’s Repositioning Effort

A few months ago, the American Institute of Architects began what it is calling the Repositioning the AIA Initiative. In the video above (also available for viewing on the AIA website), CEO Robert Ivy offers an update on the effort — including the reasons why we are supporting...
Posted On 13 Dec 2013

A Brief History on World-Changing Architectural Design

The science and engineering behind architecture has been evolving since humans started erecting dwellings with stone, sticks, and mud. io9 rounded up a list — including many more images than the three examples above — of some of the most important breakthroughs that have...
Posted On 12 Dec 2013
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Virtual LED: The Marriage of Physics & Lighting

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have seen explosive growth in recent years thanks to rapid development in lighting technology—a trend that’s likely to continue as quality improves and prices drop. But what happens when you join the laws of physics and the power of a...
Posted On 10 Dec 2013

Future Cool Space? Weiss/Manfredi’s Singh Center

We have had our eyes on Weiss/Manfredi’s Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology for some time. Now that the building — located on the University of Pennsylvania campus — is finished, it’s definitely on our list for a future profile on Cool Spaces! It’s not...
Posted On 09 Dec 2013
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