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.

Sit … or Stand? It’s Up to You

It’s a well-documented fact that prolonged sitting time in the workplace can lead to a number of health-related ailments among sedentary workers. Negative health outcomes — including cardiovascular disease and obesity — have led many to the conclusion that it’s better to stand...
Posted On 07 Jan 2014

Perfectly Imperfect: New Directions in Wood

“Life is not a straight line.” You don’t have to look any further than out your window to find this truism on display. For those that want to bring the concept inside, start by checking out the products from surfacing and flooring manufacturer Boleform. Thanks to advancements in...
Posted On 06 Jan 2014

2014 AIA Gold Medal: Julia Morgan, FAIA

The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors has posthumously awarded the 2014 AIA Gold Medal to Julia Morgan, FAIA, the early 20th-century architect whose copious output of quality work secured her position as the first great female American architect. Morgan is the...
Posted On 06 Jan 2014

The Meaning Behind the Materials

Every product has a back story. But few weave ancient traditions and modern manufacturing processes while also addressing issues of social responsibility. Yet that’s exactly what materials manufacturer 3form accomplished with its Full Circle line of Varia Ecoresin panels. Having...
Posted On 03 Jan 2014

Fun With Foldable Lighting

If there’s one thing we love here at Cool Spaces! (other than exciting new architecture), it’s being presented with the unexpected. Such is the case with the Unfold Pendant Lamp from Muuto. Designed by Form Us With Love, this reinterpretation of an industrial design classic...
Posted On 03 Jan 2014

A Look Back at 2013

This has been an amazing year for Cool Spaces! — and 2014 is going to be even better. Here’s a brief look at some of the places and faces we’ve seen over the past months. Thank you to everyone who helped us! Your support and assistance have been invaluable, and we...
Posted On 31 Dec 2013

The Silver Bullet Against Bacteria?

With flu season in full swing, people (hopefully) become more attentive than usual about the surfaces they touch and do a lot more hand washing than usual. But what if the interiors of schools, airports, hospitals, and other public spaces could help prevent the spread of harmful...
Posted On 30 Dec 2013

A Little Privacy, Please?

If you pay attention to office and workplace design trends, you’re probably aware that the cubicle has unceremoniously left the building and given way to the open-plan office. However, it turns out that not everyone is comfortable sitting at a bench, alongside their colleagues,...
Posted On 26 Dec 2013

AIA CEO Robert Ivy on the Institute’s Repositioning Effort

A few months ago, the American Institute of Architects began what it is calling the Repositioning the AIA Initiative. In the video above (also available for viewing on the AIA website), CEO Robert Ivy offers an update on the effort — including the reasons why we are supporting...
Posted On 13 Dec 2013

Virtual LED: The Marriage of Physics & Lighting

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have seen explosive growth in recent years thanks to rapid development in lighting technology—a trend that’s likely to continue as quality improves and prices drop. But what happens when you join the laws of physics and the power of a...
Posted On 10 Dec 2013