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.

Architects Chosen for Chicago’s Lucas Museum

Architects for the highly anticipated Lucas Museum in Chicago have been named: Ma Yansong, MAD Architects; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; and VOA Associates. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin has the details: Ma Yansong, founder of the Beijing firm MAD...
Posted On 28 Jul 2014
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Architects Win Arts & Humanities Medals

Architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams (above, left) — who appear in our third episode, Art Spaces — will receive the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2013 National Medal of Arts, reports World Architects: … Billie Tsien and Tod Williams are recipients of 2013...
Posted On 24 Jul 2014
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The Cool Spaces! People You Don’t See On-Screen

What does a Cool Spaces! production look like? On the screen you see Stephen alone, or with one or two other people, but behind the camera stands a collection of dedicated, patient crew members. “It’s hard to get used to all the people involved in any shot,”...
Posted On 24 Jul 2014

2014 Stirling Prize Shortlist

Since 1996, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) — the U.K. equivalent to the AIA — has awarded the Stirling Prize to “the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year.” For the 2014...
Posted On 22 Jul 2014
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The Largest Dome in the World

And we thought Cowboys Stadium was huge … From Gizmodo: Singapore’s huge new stadium, SportsHub, just clinched the title for the largest free-spanning dome structure ever built — stretching more than 1,010 feet across at its widest point. Designed by Arup, AECOM, and DP...
Posted On 21 Jul 2014
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Entering a New Dimension in Furnituremaking

Imagine, if you will, a world where objects designed on paper and in software programs can be printed into the real world. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into … reality? This is no episode of The...

Building a Beach … in New York City?

If you haven’t embraced the concept of crowdfunding yet, you might reconsider after reading this CNET story about a proposal to construct a public beach on a massive barge that will float along the Hudson River around Manhattan Island. Dubbed CityBeach NYC, the project is...

Cool Spaces! Video Chat: The Building Museum’s BIG Maze

The first in an occasional series of casual conversations about things architectural: Stephen was recently in Washington, D.C., and stopped by the National Building Museum to talk to Director of Communications Brett Rogers about the NBM’s BIG Maze — open until Sept. 1,...
Posted On 15 Jul 2014

Honda Smart Home Plans Now Available

Remember when we mentioned that Honda has dipped its toes in the world of residential architecture? The company has now made its Smart Home plans available to the public. Architect has the details. In an announcement on a company website dedicated to the project, Michael Koenig,...
Posted On 14 Jul 2014
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A Japanese High-Rise That Cools the Air Around It

BioSkin, a building façade technology developed by Nikken Sekkei and initially used on Tokyo’s NBF Osaki high-rise, has received an innovation award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. What’s special about BioSkin? We’ll let the CTBUH explain...
Posted On 11 Jul 2014
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