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.

Can Architecture Change the World?

We’ll admit it: this is a loaded question that can’t possibly be answered fully in the short space we have here. However, it’s one worth asking because of the core values that the next generation of designers and architects possess that will guide them in shaping the built...

Fast Company Names Innovative Architects in 2014

As part of its 2014 “most innovative companies” issue, Fast Company has pulled together a list of 10 innovative architecture firms. Topped by SHoP Architects — whose Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, appears as part of our premiere episode, Performance Spaces — the list...
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
, By

Trailer Released for Documentary on Rem Koolhaas Buildings

Tomas Koolhaas, son of world-famous architect Rem Koolhaas (whose Seattle Central Library will be featured in our Libraries episode), is making a different kind of architecture documentary — the subject of which happens to be his own father. He recently told Architectural Record...
Posted On 20 Jan 2014
, By

Bjarke Ingels: A BIG Name in Architecture

If you like images of striking buildings, then you’ve probably come across the work of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The firm creates eye-catching projects like a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen that also serves as a ski slope, a Toronto tower that transforms from a...
Posted On 06 Jan 2014
, By

Exploring New York Sewers With Steve Duncan

Just because a building, structure, or space is purely utilitarian doesn’t mean it can’t also be aesthetically pleasing, if seen in the right way. Take sewers, for instance. New Yorker Steve Duncan, an avid urban explorer and photographer, finds amazing beauty in the...
Posted On 20 Dec 2013
, By

Why Does the Future Look So Familiar?

An aphorism often quoted within the design community holds that “nothing ages faster than the future.” In other words: predictions and speculative designs as to what the future will look and feel like invariably overreach, sometimes laughably so, or rely on ideas that...
Posted On 03 Dec 2013
, By

SmartPlanet Interview With Stephen Chung

Check out the interview I did with Stephen for SmartPlanet. It’s a good overview of the show’s origins and mission: Speaking of starchitects, Frank Gehry is one of the first architects you profile. You can see part of the first segment with Frank Gehry on the Web...
Posted On 02 Dec 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