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.

Discussing the New Milwaukee Arena

Architecture critic, Mary Louise Schumacher outlines some parameters for consideration for a new arena. Concerned about the team owner’s comments about making an arena that would fit in with traditional value, Schumacher tries to open up the possibilities of what the arena...
Posted On 24 Feb 2015
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Snohetta’s New Tower in San Francisco

Featured on the “Libraries” episode of Cool Spaces, we were pleased to see Snohetta’s recent run of success in San Francisco. It is wonderful to see the Oslo and New York based firm extending its reach to the Western part of the country. The new design for One Van Ness, which...
Posted On 18 Jan 2015
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Architecture for Humanity Closes

Architecture for Humanity, the San Francisco-based nonprofit that brought professional architecture and design services to communities in need around the world, has closed. I was just with its Director, Eric Cesal in New York a couple of months ago for the Dwell-On-Design event....
Posted On 16 Jan 2015
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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

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

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

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

Tales From the Road: On Discovering a “Cool Space”

Part of an occasional series of posts by Cool Spaces! creator and host Stephen Chung. August is an especially sleepy time in New England and often entails very little work activity. With such short summers in this region, people tend to take off as much time as possible. I...
Posted On 02 Sep 2014

Metropolis Mag Chats With Renzo Piano

Italian architect Renzo Piano could rightly be called the master of museum design — certainly in the U.S., where he’s designed for a number of major institutions including the Whitney, the Kimbell, and more. Recently, Metropolis magazine’s Paul Clemence sat down with...
Posted On 15 Aug 2014
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