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.

Frank Gehry at (and for) the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Architect Frank Gehry — whose Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health appears in our fourth episode, Healing Spaces — has some audacious plans for a renovation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. — including, apparently, cutting through the famed “Rocky Balboa steps.” For two...
Posted On 30 Jun 2014
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Landscape Architecture on Cool Spaces!

Although Cool Spaces! is about architecture and the art of designing buildings, it’s also about the many other disciplines that are involved in creating a great public place. To help explain important concepts, Stephen has tapped several on-air experts to discuss specific...
Posted On 30 Jun 2014

How Does Sound Move Within Rooms?

If you’ve ever wondered how sound bounces around a room, the folks at Acoustic Geometry are here to explain it, with some help from Nerf discs, moiré patterns, and fluorescent string.
Posted On 25 Jun 2014
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Chicago Announces Major Architecture Event

Big architecture news out of Chicago yesterday — and coming from a city widely regarded for its embrace of great buildings, that’s saying something. In 2015, Chicago will create an architecture biennial. This is amazing and exciting news! In the fall of 2015, the inaugural...
Posted On 25 Jun 2014
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Public Space: A Canvas for the Masses

While many cities’ public spaces may not leave the most memorable impressions, art commissioning can play an important role in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, as the following current and upcoming exhibitions demonstrate. Thanks to a new public art installation,...

Video: 10 Buildings That Changed America

Architecture isn’t only a reflection of the society that builds it — it has the power to impact that society for decades to come. In Ten Buildings That Changed America, an hourlong documentary produced by Chicago station WTTW and aired nationally on PBS, host Geoffrey Baer...
Posted On 23 Jun 2014
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Cool Spaces! Video Extra: Bruce Ratner/Barclays Center

Stephen talks to developer Bruce Ratner about Barclays Center, the first building of his massive Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. In this clip, Ratner discusses the importance of public art, aspects of the building’s design (conceived by SHoP Architects), and why it...
Posted On 20 Jun 2014

Tunneling Beneath the Nation’s Capital

The Washington, D.C. subway system — designed by architect Harry Weese and the recipient of the 2014 AIA Twenty-five Year Award — is a well-loved public transit system. How did the tunnel’s that connect the Metro’s celebrated concrete-vault station get built? Watch...
Posted On 20 Jun 2014
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Color Matters … But How Much?

Apart from the aesthetics, does color on buildings matter? The answer, it turns out, is not that straightforward. Recent studies suggest that there may be links between color found in architecture and economic development, historical context, even human health. Earlier this...

Bus Stations That Celebrate Architecture

When it comes to transportation nodes and architecture, lots of attention is paid to airports and train stations. Bus depots and stations? Not so much. However, interesting and beautiful work is being done out there for these less-celebrated buildings — you just have to look a...
Posted On 17 Jun 2014
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