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 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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How Does Sound Move Within Rooms?

If you’ve ever wondered how sound bounces around a room, the folks at Acoustic Geometry are here to explain it, with some help from Nerf discs, moiré patterns, and fluorescent string.
Posted On 25 Jun 2014
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A Space Divided: Can These Products Make for a Better Workplace?

As the open plan office has dismantled the once-ubiquitous cubicle, the workplace has become something of a fishbowl leaving employees totally exposed — a phenomenon that has led some to find creative ways to go back into hiding. But as research suggests, people don’t need to be...

American Library Association & IIDA Name Interior Design Winners

Libraries are vital spaces. Sometimes, they look the part, too. Check out the winners of the 2014 American Library Association/International Interior Design Association Library Interior Design Awards. Shown above: Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library, by Loop Interior...
Posted On 05 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 Office of a Dream!” — Circa 1939

  If Cool Spaces! had existed in 1939, and Stephen was British, the show might have looked and sounded something like this newsreel about Frank Lloyd Wright‘s celebrated Johnson Wax HQ building. “Modern businessmen might quite well be detained at this office in...
Posted On 29 Apr 2014
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Trade Show Booths Don’t Have to Be Boring

We’ve all been to trade shows and experienced — or worked in — the bland, cookie-cutter booths they contain. In Europe, however, and especially at design industry shows, booth design is frequently a high art, combining temporary architecture with cutting-edge fabrication...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014
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This Is (the New) NPR

After nearly two decades at one location, National Public Radio’s (NPR) headquarters in Washington, D.C., received a much-needed move and workspace upgrade last spring. The new space, designed by Hickok Cole Architects, included a new seven-story building next to an existing...

Workplace = Well-Being?

For most of us, the workplace is not synonymous with health, rejuvenation, or relaxation. On the contrary, it has been linked to as many (and serious) health risks as there are side effects to a prescription drug like Paxil.  But things are changing. As the sustainabl...

Video: Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum

Just a couple of months ago, the Kimbell Art Museum opened its Renzo Piano-designed addition. The new pavilion, which will house educational and other expanding programs, allows the original building, by Louis Khan, to showcase the museum’s permanent collection. Our friends...
Posted On 19 Feb 2014
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