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 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

Cool Spaces! Video Chat: The Building Museum’s BIG Maze

The first in an occasional series of casual conversations about things architectural: Stephen was recently in Washington, D.C., and stopped by the National Building Museum to talk to Director of Communications Brett Rogers about the NBM’s BIG Maze — open until Sept. 1,...
Posted On 15 Jul 2014

Canstruction: Designing Help for Hunger Relief

There’s nothing quite as encouraging as seeing the power of design harnessed for the common good. That’s why we’re fans of the annual Canstruction Competition, which recently announced the winners of its 2013-2014 international competition (watch the video or click here for an...

Architecture-Inspired Art

Try not to stare at your screen for too long (we dare you). This animated GIF — of Essen, Germany’s Zollverein School of Management and Design, by Japanese architecture firm Sanaa — is part of Axel de Stampa’s clever series of architecture-turned-animated-art, dubbed...

Cool Spaces! at the 2014 AIA Convention

Highlights from Stephen’s trip to Chicago to host the 2014 AIA Convention. Below, the text of his speech that opened the event. ++++++++++ Hog Butcher for the World,
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Posted On 01 Jul 2014

On the Road With AIA Vermont

Nothing announces the arrival of summer quite like a road trip — and few things convey the adventure of the open road like the iconic Airstream trailer. This year, a group of 10 students from the University of Norwich School of Architecture + Art, under the direction of members...

Frank Gehry at (and for) the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Architect Frank Gehry — whose Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health appears in our fourth episode, Healing Spaces — has some audacious plans for a renovation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. — including, apparently, cutting through the famed “Rocky Balboa steps.” For two...
Posted On 30 Jun 2014
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Chicago Announces Major Architecture Event

Big architecture news out of Chicago yesterday — and coming from a city widely regarded for its embrace of great buildings, that’s saying something. In 2015, Chicago will create an architecture biennial. This is amazing and exciting news! In the fall of 2015, the inaugural...
Posted On 25 Jun 2014
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