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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights Opens

The Center for Civil and Human Rights, located in Atlanta, has opened its doors. Designed by Phil Freelon of the Freelon Group — which also designed the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, featured in our third episode — the center’s mission is to...
Posted On 13 Aug 2014
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Pritzker Prize Winner Shigeru Ban’s First U.S. Building: Aspen Art Museum

The first permanent building in the U.S. by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, has just opened its doors. Colorado’s Aspen Art Museum, which focuses on contemporary international art, is very much a Ban structure, featuring his...
Posted On 12 Aug 2014
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Architects Win Arts & Humanities Medals

Architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams (above, left) — who appear in our third episode, Art Spaces — will receive the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2013 National Medal of Arts, reports World Architects: … Billie Tsien and Tod Williams are recipients of 2013...
Posted On 24 Jul 2014
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Building a Beach … in New York City?

If you haven’t embraced the concept of crowdfunding yet, you might reconsider after reading this CNET story about a proposal to construct a public beach on a massive barge that will float along the Hudson River around Manhattan Island. Dubbed CityBeach NYC, the project is...

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

Honda Smart Home Plans Now Available

Remember when we mentioned that Honda has dipped its toes in the world of residential architecture? The company has now made its Smart Home plans available to the public. Architect has the details. In an announcement on a company website dedicated to the project, Michael Koenig,...
Posted On 14 Jul 2014
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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...

L.A. Times Architecture Critic Reviews Cool Spaces!

On July 3 — the day Cool Spaces! was set to debut on Los Angeles’ KCET —  L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne posted a review of our first episode, Performance Spaces. Hawthorne gives it serious consideration, largely positive, and we’re happy to note...
Posted On 07 Jul 2014

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