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.

Proposals for the Obama Library Are In

Presidential libraries are a fascinating part of our national building stock. While they are not “libraries” in the traditional sense, these repositories preserve and make accessible to the public the papers, records, and other historical materials that offer a unique glimpse...

Most Endangered Historic Places (2014 Edition)

In a previous post we pointed out some great examples of historic structures that have been saved from demolition and adapted into some pretty innovative new uses. While the lives of those architectural gems have been extended, others may not be so fortunate. The National Trust...

Video: 10 Buildings That Changed America

Architecture isn’t only a reflection of the society that builds it — it has the power to impact that society for decades to come. In Ten Buildings That Changed America, an hourlong documentary produced by Chicago station WTTW and aired nationally on PBS, host Geoffrey Baer...
Posted On 23 Jun 2014
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Bus Stations That Celebrate Architecture

When it comes to transportation nodes and architecture, lots of attention is paid to airports and train stations. Bus depots and stations? Not so much. However, interesting and beautiful work is being done out there for these less-celebrated buildings — you just have to look a...
Posted On 17 Jun 2014
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Big Ideas in Architectural Design

Although calling them “trends” stretches the meaning of the word, ArchDaily’s recent roundup of “14 Architectural Trends That Will Define The Next Decade” does contain some fascinating ideas, including rotating skyscrapers and “invisible”...
Posted On 10 Jun 2014
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The End of the Glass Skyscraper Era?

All-glass buildings, especially skyscrapers, are ubiquitous — every city has plenty of them, and more seem to go up every week. But will this be the case in a decade or two? A recent article on the BBC website suggests that there may be a growing backlash against top-to-bottom...
Posted On 09 Jun 2014
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Retail Buzz: Apples to Apples

Apple has been making headlines lately, which is hardly surprising — although in this case we’re not referring to the highly anticipated iPhone 6 or the company’s purchase of Beats Audio and Beats Electronics. The tech giant has had the design and tech worlds talking since...
Posted On 29 May 2014
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Carmakers Explore Residential Architecture

Automobiles are inextricably connected with the idea of home, so it makes sense to learn that carmakers are getting into domestic architecture. General Motors‘ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is collaborating with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative on turning a shipping...
Posted On 13 May 2014
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GSA’s Design Excellence Program Reaches Two Decades

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the General Services Administration‘s Design Excellence Program. That’s right: Uncle Sam does pay some attention to good architecture, interior design, and landscapes. Since 2000, the agency has held biennial awards to celebrate...
Posted On 01 May 2014
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The ’64 World’s Fair in NYC, 50 Years Later

April marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, held in Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. At the time, the landmark event offered nearly 51 million visitors a glimpse into the future of technology — in some cases a rather accurate one at that (Skype,...