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.

Documentary: If You Build It

Added to our must-watch list: the new documentary If You Build It: From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie...
Posted On 16 Jun 2014
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A Noted Wright House is Bach in Business

For the architecture aficionado who has ever dreamed of staying overnight in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, good news: The fully restored Emil Bach House along Chicago’s lakefront has reopened for business and is available for rental. Harboe Architects was enlisted for the...

Episode 3: Art Spaces Promo

A 30-second look at our third show, which focuses on spaces for art. Featured buildings and architects: • Barnes Foundation —Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture — Freelon Group • Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins...
Posted On 16 Jun 2014

Furniture From Milk Bottles and Other Recycled Products

In their groundbreaking book, Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart called for a new industrial revolution that challenges the notion of how we design, manufacture and consume products. They argue that we should...

“I Am Committed to Quality, Not Quantity”

Interior Design chats up Steven Holl as part of its “10 Questions With …” series. Most of the questions are about the architect’s recently opened Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art, providing great insight into Holl’s approach, but we...
Posted On 12 Jun 2014
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Summer Design Studio: What to Expect, What You’ll Need

Northeastern University’s Summer Design Studio offers rigorous coursework to students considering a career in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and to students in other fields of study who seek to immerse themselves in design culture and explore its...
Posted On 10 Jun 2014

Big Ideas in Architectural Design

Although calling them “trends” stretches the meaning of the word, ArchDaily’s recent roundup of “14 Architectural Trends That Will Define The Next Decade” does contain some fascinating ideas, including rotating skyscrapers and “invisible”...
Posted On 10 Jun 2014
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Scenes From the Road: Visiting Snøhetta

Photos taken while the Cool Spaces! crew was visiting the New York City office of Snøhetta for our segment on the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, on the campus of N.C. State University. The building appears in our second episode, Libraries.
Posted On 09 Jun 2014

The End of the Glass Skyscraper Era?

All-glass buildings, especially skyscrapers, are ubiquitous — every city has plenty of them, and more seem to go up every week. But will this be the case in a decade or two? A recent article on the BBC website suggests that there may be a growing backlash against top-to-bottom...
Posted On 09 Jun 2014
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Homebuilt: Low-Cost Dwellings, Some Assembly Required

You’ve probably read about Sears housing: In the early 20th century, the company offered mail-order homes that people could construct themselves, with little specialized knowledge. Boston designer Dennis Michaud believes it’s an idea whose time has come again — and...
Posted On 05 Jun 2014
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