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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Gehry Sizzle Reel

  This is the original 3 minute sizzle reel that was submitted to PBS that explains the basic show concept. After making this video, we cut our first full segment for further consideration and review. We wanted to focus on three buildings per hour long episode. PBS worried...
Posted On 25 Oct 2014

The Missing 32% Project

My friend and architect colleague, Rosa Sheng wants to know why there are so few leaders in architecture.  Rosa is a Senior Associate in Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s San Francisco office and also serves as the Chair of The Missing 32% Project. Rosa Sheng photo by John Lee  ...
Posted On 21 Oct 2014

Visiting the T-House, by Architect Simon Ungers

When he visited Saratoga, NY, to speak at the AIA New York State convention in early October, Cool Spaces! host Stephen Chung made an impromptu stop by Simon Ungers’ T-House, a critically acclaimed example of late-20th-century modern domestic architecture.
Posted On 16 Oct 2014

Scenes from Dwell on Design

This past weekend I had the pleasure of presenting at the Dwell on Design event in New York City. Dwell on Design was held in an event space in New York’s Soho district at 82 Mercer, a former industrial building with everything you would expect in a Soho building: raw brick...
Posted On 15 Oct 2014

Cool Spaces! Video Extra: Bruce Ratner/Barclays Center (Part 2)

A further look at Stephen’s interview with Bruce Ratner, the developer for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. In this clip, Ratner rhapsodizes about the arena’s form (by SHoP Architects) and weathered-steel (aka Cor-Ten) skin and discusses how creating such a building...
Posted On 02 Oct 2014

Stephen to Speak at 2014 Dwell On Design Event

Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts at 82 Mercer in SoHo on Oct. 9–11 with 5,000 members of the design elite gathering for innovative installations and onstage discussions centering on contract design, public space, urban infrastructure, and more....
Posted On 29 Sep 2014

Some Thoughts on Drawing Architecture by Hand

Part of an occasional series of essays from show creator and host Stephen Chung. Recently, I posted a few of my hand-drawn pencil renderings on Twitter. I was feeling nostalgic I guess. Afterward, I got a lot of questions from other architects asking me if I still drew by hand....
Posted On 23 Sep 2014

Bluebeam Case Study: CARE International UK in the Philippines

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central islands of the Philippines. Tragically, over 6,000 people perished and over 1 million homes were destroyed or severely damaged. The people of the Philippines, however, are impressively resilient, and reconstruction...
Posted On 22 Sep 2014

NEU Summer Design Studio 2014, Exercise 1: Paper Shelter

For pre-college students and others who are interested in exploring what architecture is about, Cool Spaces! and the Northeastern University School of Architecture have teamed up to present introductory exercises based on NEU’s 2014 Summer Design Studio. Learn more here....
Posted On 18 Sep 2014

Rereading Roger K. Lewis’ Architect?

Over the summer, Stephen had the opportunity to revisit a 1985 book about the architecture profession that was revised in 2012. What did he think about it? On a recent trip to Nashville, I packed away some new reading material, including Architect? A Candid Guide to the...
Posted On 11 Sep 2014