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.

Cool Spaces! at the 2014 AIA Convention

Highlights from Stephen’s trip to Chicago to host the 2014 AIA Convention. Below, the text of his speech that opened the event. ++++++++++ Hog Butcher for the World,
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Posted On 01 Jul 2014

Why Physicians Matter in the Discussion About Design and Health

A new McGraw-Hill Construction study co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects finds that doctors are crucial to promoting the positive affects of healthy building design, construction, and maintenance. From the executive summary: Health and wellness are critical...
Posted On 01 Jul 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Architecture and Psychology

How can design affect emotional well-being? Read about a collaboration between an architect and a psychologist that seeks to answer that question. In the introduction to their book, Space & Psyche, architect Elizabeth Danze and Dr. Stephen Sonnenberg write: Buildings are...
Posted On 03 Jun 2014

Full Cool Spaces! Segment: Barclays Center, by SHoP Architects

Watch a complete 18-minute segment from the Cool Spaces! show: Barclays Center, by SHoP Architects. Why does Barclays look and function the way it does? What did developer Bruce Ratner hope to accomplish — and how did SHoP make it a reality? Learn more about this compelling...
Posted On 23 May 2014

Video: What I Learned From My First Project

A degree in architecture is only the first part of a designer’s education — the learning continues after graduation, both in the office and on the job site. Meet eight emerging professionals from the Monterey Design Conference who share their experiences working on their...
Posted On 19 May 2014