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.

The ’64 World’s Fair in NYC, 50 Years Later

April marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, held in Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. At the time, the landmark event offered nearly 51 million visitors a glimpse into the future of technology — in some cases a rather accurate one at that (Skype,...

Cultivating a Green Thumb

As an article in Forbes noted, sustainable design in the commercial building sector is anything but a niche, as green buildings will account for nearly $145 billion in new construction and an additional $18 billion in renovations by 2015. Among the residual benefits of all this...

Cool Spaces! Video Extra: Paul Kassabian/Cowboys Stadium

Stephen talks to structural engineer Paul Kassabian of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger about the enormous steel trusses that are a signature design element of the HKS Architects–designed Dallas Cowboys football stadium. From season 1, episode 1: Performance Spaces.
Posted On 29 Apr 2014

“The Office of a Dream!” — Circa 1939

  If Cool Spaces! had existed in 1939, and Stephen was British, the show might have looked and sounded something like this newsreel about Frank Lloyd Wright‘s celebrated Johnson Wax HQ building. “Modern businessmen might quite well be detained at this office in...
Posted On 29 Apr 2014
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How Good Are You With Pen and Paper Napkin?

The “napkin sketch” may be an old cliché about how architects and other designers work — but that doesn’t make it any less effective as a medium for displaying graphic talent. If you enjoy wielding your favorite pen (or pencil) and a small square of sof...
Posted On 28 Apr 2014
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Scenes From the Road: Visiting Gantt Center & Phil Freelon

Photos taken while the Cool Spaces! crew was filming the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (Charlotte, NC) and scenes in the office of Freelon Associates (Durham, NC), which recently joined Perkins+Will. The Gantt Center appears in our third episode, Art...
Posted On 28 Apr 2014
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Architecture Afterlife: Design for Disassembly

How long should a building last? The short answer may be: the longer the better, as we touched on in a recent post. The long answer is a little more complicated when you consider the fact that the average exterior structure is designed to last anywhere from 30 to 300 years, while...

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation: Built By Women Project

It’s no secret that architecture has historically been dominated by men, which has led many to question why more women aren’t participating in the profession — or are leaving it altogether. The gender inequality hasn’t been without recent controversy either, even touching one of...

Trade Show Booths Don’t Have to Be Boring

We’ve all been to trade shows and experienced — or worked in — the bland, cookie-cutter booths they contain. In Europe, however, and especially at design industry shows, booth design is frequently a high art, combining temporary architecture with cutting-edge fabrication...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014
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2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects

The AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in...
Posted On 23 Apr 2014