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.

The Writing on the Wall

There was a time when parents cringed upon discovering their children with crayons or markers in hand, standing proudly next to their latest art project on the living room wall. Those days are long gone, thanks to the introduction of dry erase paint that’s now readily available....
Posted On 13 Jan 2014

Seating Homage to a Beloved Droid

When it comes to furniture as straightforward as the stool, you can’t find a more elegant, understated design than architect Alvar Aalto’s iconic stool 60, created in 1933 for Finnish manufacturer Artek. But when Turkish furniture company Nurus introduced its R2 stool last year,...
Posted On 11 Jan 2014

2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

The Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design recognize distinguished achievements that involve the expanding role of the architect in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. Learn more about these projects and firms on the AIA website. The...
Posted On 10 Jan 2014

Welcome to the Jungle

When reggae icon Bob Marley penned the lyrics to his 1973 hit “Concrete Jungle,” he could not have been aware of the term “building-integrated agriculture” (BIA) — or “agri-tecture,” as it is sometimes called — because it wasn’t coined until 2007. If he had, perhaps the late Tuff...
Posted On 10 Jan 2014

2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

The Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture acknowledge outstanding building interiors created by architects licensed in the United States. Learn more about these projects and firms on the AIA website. Bar Agricole, Aidlin Darling Design The restaurant is designed to...
Posted On 09 Jan 2014

Feeling Blue? Lighten Up!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is no laughing matter. Ask the average Scandinavian during the depth of winter, and she’ll tell you the absence of daylight begins to wear on the psyche, resulting in feelings of depression. In fact, according to a CNN article, nearly 20 percent...
Posted On 09 Jan 2014

Brooklyn: Barclays Center Construction Timelapse

  Thanks to SHoP Architects for this timelapse showing Barclays Center coming together, piece by piece (including 12,000 weathering steel panels on the exterior!), over the course of 117+ weeks. The arena will be featured in our premiere episode, Performance Spaces, arriving...
Posted On 09 Jan 2014

The Toilet Goes High-Tech

The bathroom isn’t a place where you’d expect to find a lot of high-tech. But leave it to the folks at Kohler to bring the latest digital innovations into the stall. As this promotional video illustrates, the Numi toilet is about as advanced as the average smart...
Posted On 08 Jan 2014

2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

The Institute Honor Awards program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and inform the public of the...
Posted On 08 Jan 2014

2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors has bestowed the 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, the New Orleans firm that uses rigorously crafted Modernism to repair, restore, and enhance the unique cultural and historic context of their city. The...
Posted On 07 Jan 2014