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.

Let There Be Light

Let’s face it: there are certain spaces that demand more risk-taking from designers than others. For architects and others looking to make a bold statement with dramatic impact, lighting is a powerful way to achieve that effect. Whether it’s for hotels, restaurants, or lobbies,...
Posted On 23 Jan 2014

Cool Spaces! Featured on ‘Kansas City Live’ TV Show

In November 2013, when Cool Spaces! was in Kansas City, Mo., to film Steven Holl’s Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KSHB TV’s Kansas City Live stopped by to chat with Stephen about the show. Watch the entire segment, which aired on January 6, 2014.
Posted On 22 Jan 2014

CNN Showcases AIA Award-Winning Buildings

Dubbing them “the 11 coolest buildings in North America,” CNN looks at the winners of the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture. Watch the video, below.
Posted On 21 Jan 2014

NBBJ Masters the Tech Company HQ

Technology companies have long been aware of the power that architecture and interior design have on employee satisfaction and productivity, not to mention brand awareness. For those that can afford to build their headquarters from the ground up, not being bound by an existing...
Posted On 21 Jan 2014
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Trailer Released for Documentary on Rem Koolhaas Buildings

Tomas Koolhaas, son of world-famous architect Rem Koolhaas (whose Seattle Central Library will be featured in our Libraries episode), is making a different kind of architecture documentary — the subject of which happens to be his own father. He recently told Architectural Record...
Posted On 20 Jan 2014
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2014 Twenty-Five Year Award: Washington, D.C., Metro

The Washington, D.C., Metro rail transit system was selected for the 2014 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Designed by Harry Weese, FAIA with the matching ideals of “Great Society” liberalism and Mid-Century Modernism, the Washington Metro gives monumental civic space to the humble...
Posted On 18 Jan 2014

Deconstructing the Carpet for Design Possibilities

Most of us are probably not too familiar with the history of carpet, despite its ubiquitous nature in North America, where it exploded in popularity in the mid- and late 20th century. To the untrained eye, it looks like not much has changed over the years other than colors and...
Posted On 17 Jan 2014

Happy Birthday to a Seating Icon

When Herman Miller’s cutting-edge Aeron chair hit the market in 1994, everyone knew the iconic furniture manufacturer had once again reinvented an important aspect of the modern office. This became even clearer in the years that followed, evidenced by the chair’s sales numbers...
Posted On 15 Jan 2014

Buildings That Hang Out

Cantilevers on buildings — the parts of the structure that hang out over empty space, seemingly support-free — can serve a number of functions, both decorative and functional. And as building technology, materials science, and engineering capabilities continue to improve,...
Posted On 15 Jan 2014
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The Writing on the Wall

There was a time when parents cringed upon discovering their children with crayons or markers in hand, standing proudly next to their latest art project on the living room wall. Those days are long gone, thanks to the introduction of dry erase paint that’s now readily available....
Posted On 13 Jan 2014