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.

Retail Buzz: Apples to Apples

Apple has been making headlines lately, which is hardly surprising — although in this case we’re not referring to the highly anticipated iPhone 6 or the company’s purchase of Beats Audio and Beats Electronics. The tech giant has had the design and tech worlds talking since...
Posted On 29 May 2014
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The Future of Solar Energy Is Transparent

Despite the fact that solar power is one of the cleanest forms of alternative energy available, it represents only about 1 percent of the nation’s electricity generation and is still rife with problems. Photovoltaic (solar) panels — a common green fixture on buildings, for...

Exhibit: Designing for Disaster, National Building Museum

April 2014 represented the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history, with a record-breaking 190 of them touching down within a 24-hour period on April 27, according to Weather Underground. Further, natural disasters were reported to have caused $192 billion in damage worldwide —...

Moshe Safdie at TED: What Makes a Building Unique?

We do our best to get into the mind of the architect and reveal the process of designing a building. Sometimes, however, it’s better to hear it straight from the architect. In this TED Talk from 1995, Moshe Safdie — whose Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is featured...
Posted On 28 May 2014
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School’s IN for Summer

If you haven’t been paying attention in class lately, you may have missed the fact that online education hasn’t just rapidly gained in popularity — it’s created a virtual paradigm shift in the university model, as one New York Times article notes. In short, MOOCs (massive open...

LEED: 3 Billion and Counting

As we touched on in a recent post, green design is big business that is permanently altering the way the buildings we live and work in are designed and built. What was a grassroots movement less than two decades ago has become a bona fide force in the world of architecture. Need...

Full Cool Spaces! Segment: Barclays Center, by SHoP Architects

Watch a complete 18-minute segment from the Cool Spaces! show: Barclays Center, by SHoP Architects. Why does Barclays look and function the way it does? What did developer Bruce Ratner hope to accomplish — and how did SHoP make it a reality? Learn more about this compelling...
Posted On 23 May 2014

Documentary: The Competition

You might think that when an architect achieves a high level of public recognition — when the word “starchitect” starts appearing in articles about them — that things are easier for the designer and his or her firm. Not so, as the new documentary The Competition...
Posted On 21 May 2014
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Tony Hsieh: From Shoes to Urban Revitalization

Chances are, you’ve purchased a pair of shoes (or three) from Zappos, the huge online retailer. The man who built the company into a juggernaut, Tony Hsieh, is not just a keen businessman, but also highly motivated to do creative things that are both financially successful...
Posted On 20 May 2014
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Video: What I Learned From My First Project

A degree in architecture is only the first part of a designer’s education — the learning continues after graduation, both in the office and on the job site. Meet eight emerging professionals from the Monterey Design Conference who share their experiences working on their...
Posted On 19 May 2014