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.

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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NYC: Van Alen Institute’s Public Events in May

New York City’s Van Alen Institute is “an independent nonprofit architectural organization that promotes inquiry into the processes that shape the design of the public realm.” Each fall and spring they host a series of public events covering a variety of topics....
Posted On 05 May 2014
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GSA’s Design Excellence Program Reaches Two Decades

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the General Services Administration‘s Design Excellence Program. That’s right: Uncle Sam does pay some attention to good architecture, interior design, and landscapes. Since 2000, the agency has held biennial awards to celebrate...
Posted On 01 May 2014
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“The Office of a Dream!” — Circa 1939

  If Cool Spaces! had existed in 1939, and Stephen was British, the show might have looked and sounded something like this newsreel about Frank Lloyd Wright‘s celebrated Johnson Wax HQ building. “Modern businessmen might quite well be detained at this office in...
Posted On 29 Apr 2014
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How Good Are You With Pen and Paper Napkin?

The “napkin sketch” may be an old cliché about how architects and other designers work — but that doesn’t make it any less effective as a medium for displaying graphic talent. If you enjoy wielding your favorite pen (or pencil) and a small square of sof...
Posted On 28 Apr 2014
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Scenes From the Road: Visiting Gantt Center & Phil Freelon

Photos taken while the Cool Spaces! crew was filming the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (Charlotte, NC) and scenes in the office of Freelon Associates (Durham, NC), which recently joined Perkins+Will. The Gantt Center appears in our third episode, Art...
Posted On 28 Apr 2014
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Trade Show Booths Don’t Have to Be Boring

We’ve all been to trade shows and experienced — or worked in — the bland, cookie-cutter booths they contain. In Europe, however, and especially at design industry shows, booth design is frequently a high art, combining temporary architecture with cutting-edge fabrication...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014
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Event: Architecture Week 2014 in D.C.

If you’ll be in the nation’s capital between April 21 and May 1, check out what’s going on for Architecture Week 2014. Now in its 16th year, Architecture Week celebrates architecture in the nation’s capital. Daily public events will shine a spotlight on...
Posted On 19 Apr 2014
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Midcentury Modern Architecture and Arkansas

  “Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture,” an hourlong documentary from 2012 that focuses on the construction boom in the United States after World War II. Sometimes considered cold and unattractive, mid-century modern designs were a...
Posted On 18 Apr 2014
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Not Just Good Food, But Good Design

You’ve probably heard about the annual James Beard Awards, considered among the highest honors for chefs and restaurants. But did you know they celebrate not just food, but architecture and interiors? Learn more about the design of Philadelphia’s Tria Taproom (above),...
Posted On 10 Apr 2014
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