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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Future Cool Space? Weiss/Manfredi’s Singh Center

We have had our eyes on Weiss/Manfredi’s Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology for some time. Now that the building — located on the University of Pennsylvania campus — is finished, it’s definitely on our list for a future profile on Cool Spaces! It’s not...
Posted On 09 Dec 2013

The Future of Glass: Touchable Functionality

With the launch of the iPhone in 2007, it seemed that glass surfaces changed overnight, and now we’re in a digitally tactile world where touchscreen technology reigns supreme. (Give a toddler an iPad and see how quickly she learns to swipe and navigate.) But the future of...
Posted On 08 Dec 2013

Modwalls’ CorkDotz: Trash to Treasure

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the eco-friendly options in interior furniture and finishes that are available. The choice can be a relatively easy one to make, however­—especially when a product’s raw materials originate from another industry’s waste stream. Such is the case...
Posted On 04 Dec 2013

Jeff Speck: How to Solve the Suburban Problem

Urbanist Jeff Speck (a former classmate of Stephen’s) has been wrestling with the issues of architecture, sustainability, and good planning since he was the director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he created the Governors’ Institute on...
Posted On 02 Dec 2013

Kansas City: Nelson-Atkins Time-Lapse

Tom Guilmette, our specialty photographer, created this time-lapse video of Steven Holl’s Nelson-Atkins Museum addition as day becomes night and the building glows like a lantern.
Posted On 16 Nov 2013

On the Road: Interviewing Henry Bloch

The first in an occasional series of reports from Stephen when he’s traveling to film segments for the show. While in Kansas City filming Steven Holl’s addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum, called the Bloch Building, I had the chance to interview Henry Bloch. At the...
Posted On 14 Nov 2013

30 Documentaries About Architecture

No surprise: We here at Cool Spaces! are keen on the documentary format. And when it comes to documentaries about architects and buildings, there are quite a few good ones to choose from. Earlier this year, ArchDaily created a heroic post describing 30 such films that cover...
Posted On 12 Nov 2013

Las Vegas: Ruvo Center, by Frank Gehry (5-Minute Version)

A five-minute sizzle version of our visit to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The full-length segment will air as part of our Healing Spaces episode.
Posted On 03 Nov 2013

About the American Institute of Architects

AIA History The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was created in 1857. Through education, government advocacy, community redevelopment, and public outreach activities, the AIA works toward a public environment that is responsive to the people it serves while representing the...
Posted On 23 Oct 2013

1-Minute Sizzle Promo

Created in the spring of 2013, when Cool Spaces! was being pitched, this video offers a quick look at the show’s visual style.
Posted On 22 Oct 2013