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.

Atlanta Falcons New Football Stadium

  About a year and a half ago, when the Cool Spaces crew was in Kansas City to visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum, I had the chance to visit the office of 360 Architecture (now HOK through a recent acquisition). My classmate James Braam is a design leader in the firm and we...
Posted On 03 Feb 2015
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The New Office

The New Office Space I found this article on office planning very interesting: “Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.” During the making of the show, we visited many architecture offices. I was not surprised to see that most were open plan...
Posted On 05 Jan 2015
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House of Mirrors

As part of a popular outdoor sculpture exhibition in Sydney, Australia, NEON designed a cubic structure made of steel cage and mirrored stainless steel.  This video captures the essence of this deceptively simple design.  It also happens to contain two elements that we at Cool...
Posted On 12 Nov 2014
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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

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

10 Libraries Around the Globe Worth Visiting

Sometimes, you visit a library for what it offers: books, information, access to technology, or simply a quiet place to read and collect yourself. Sometimes, however, you visit a library because it’s simply a wonderfully designed space. Arcspace has compiled a list of 10...
Posted On 20 Aug 2014
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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 Chosen for Chicago’s Lucas Museum

Architects for the highly anticipated Lucas Museum in Chicago have been named: Ma Yansong, MAD Architects; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; and VOA Associates. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin has the details: Ma Yansong, founder of the Beijing firm MAD...
Posted On 28 Jul 2014
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2014 Stirling Prize Shortlist

Since 1996, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) — the U.K. equivalent to the AIA — has awarded the Stirling Prize to “the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year.” For the 2014...
Posted On 22 Jul 2014
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