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.

Tour Philip Johnson’s Domestic Masterpiece at Your Own Pace

We’re all for guided tours of architecture, but sometimes, it’s nice to soak in a masterpiece at your own pace. This May through November, twice a month, that’s now an option at Philip Johnson’s Glass House, located in New Canaan, CT. The New York Times...
Posted On 19 May 2014
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Scenes From the Road: Visiting the Seattle Central Library

Photos taken while the Cool Spaces! crew was filming the Seattle Central Library. Designed by OMA and LMN Architects, the building appears in our second episode, Libraries.
Posted On 15 May 2014

The Art of the Fan

Blades swirling above. A breeze saunters through the room. Big Ass Fan is on. We’ll freely admit that we’re no experts in the Japanese art of haiku, but we do know a good product when we see one. And the Haiku ceiling fan from Big Ass Fans is a case study in refinement and...

Reopened to the Public: The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument, one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks, has officially been reopened to the public after repairs were completed to restore its structural integrity following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that damaged it more than three years ago. Designed by architect...

KET’s One to One Features Cool Spaces!

When Stephen visited Lexington, KY, for a Cool Spaces! screening, he was invited by Bill Goodman, the host of Kentucky Educational Television’s One to One show, to come to the studio for an interview. The episode airs on KET on June 15. In the meantime, watch this clip in...
Posted On 14 May 2014

Carmakers Explore Residential Architecture

Automobiles are inextricably connected with the idea of home, so it makes sense to learn that carmakers are getting into domestic architecture. General Motors‘ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is collaborating with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative on turning a shipping...
Posted On 13 May 2014
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A Space Divided: Can These Products Make for a Better Workplace?

As the open plan office has dismantled the once-ubiquitous cubicle, the workplace has become something of a fishbowl leaving employees totally exposed — a phenomenon that has led some to find creative ways to go back into hiding. But as research suggests, people don’t need to be...

Can Architecture Change the World?

We’ll admit it: this is a loaded question that can’t possibly be answered fully in the short space we have here. However, it’s one worth asking because of the core values that the next generation of designers and architects possess that will guide them in shaping the built...

American Library Association & IIDA Name Interior Design Winners

Libraries are vital spaces. Sometimes, they look the part, too. Check out the winners of the 2014 American Library Association/International Interior Design Association Library Interior Design Awards. Shown above: Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library, by Loop Interior...
Posted On 05 May 2014
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Episode 2: Libraries Promo

A 30-second look at our second show, which focuses on libraries. Watch for it on your local public TV station. Featured buildings and architects: • James B. Hunt Jr. Library — Snøhetta • South Mountain Community Library — Richärd+Bauer • Seattle Cen...
Posted On 05 May 2014