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.

Design Tools for the Nondesigner

Thanks to mass customization, anyone can try their hand at design these days. Consumers can choose which colors, patterns, and styles they prefer for products by using software-based configurators to “design,” or rather customize, everything from footwear to automobiles — and...

Event: Architecture Week 2014 in D.C.

If you’ll be in the nation’s capital between April 21 and May 1, check out what’s going on for Architecture Week 2014. Now in its 16th year, Architecture Week celebrates architecture in the nation’s capital. Daily public events will shine a spotlight on...
Posted On 19 Apr 2014
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Midcentury Modern Architecture and Arkansas

  “Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture,” an hourlong documentary from 2012 that focuses on the construction boom in the United States after World War II. Sometimes considered cold and unattractive, mid-century modern designs were a...
Posted On 18 Apr 2014
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2014 AIA/F Diversity Advancement Scholarship

The 2014 AIA/F Diversity Advancement Scholarship provides assistance to high school graduates, college freshmen, and community college students from a minority and/or financially disadvantaged background who intend to pursue an NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture....
Posted On 18 Apr 2014

Task Lighting: Slim Is In

Task lighting for desks has come a long way from the days of old, when classic bankers lamps or flexible goose neck lamps were a common sight in most offices and homes. With LEDs rapidly replacing incandescent bulbs and making them virtually obsolete, desk fixtures have shed a...

Scenes From the Road: Visiting Kauffman Center & Safdie Architects

Photos taken while the Cool Spaces! crew was filming the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Kansas City, MO) and scenes in the office of Safdie Architects office (Boston, MA). The Kauffman Center appears in our first episode, Performance Spaces.
Posted On 14 Apr 2014

Bluebeam Case Study: Shalom Baranes Associates/CityCenter DC

See how Shalom Baranes Associates is using Bluebeam Revu to keep the punch process running smoothly on the massive CityCenter project in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Posted On 14 Apr 2014

Protecting the Past to Build for the Future

There’s something inherently cool about preserving old buildings and adapting them for new uses. A recent memorable example is Boston’s historic Charles Street Jail (home to the infamous Boston Strangler and conman Frank Abagnale), which was transformed into the stunning —...

Not Just Good Food, But Good Design

You’ve probably heard about the annual James Beard Awards, considered among the highest honors for chefs and restaurants. But did you know they celebrate not just food, but architecture and interiors? Learn more about the design of Philadelphia’s Tria Taproom (above),...
Posted On 10 Apr 2014
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“It Was My Own, Personal Mission”: Stephen Talks With Entrepreneur Architect

Last week, on the day Cool Spaces! first appeared on TV, Stephen chatted with architect Mark LePage, the man behind Entrepreneur Architect, an educational website and podcast “inspiring architects to build better businesses.” Stephen talks about the path that led him...
Posted On 10 Apr 2014