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.

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...

Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square Reclaims Its Midcentury Glory

After decades of neglect, Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square — the first public park in the U.S. built on top of a parking garage — has been restored to look as fresh and glorious as it did when the space first opened in 1955, reports The Dirt, the American Landscape Architecture...
Posted On 05 Jul 2014
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Cultivating a Green Thumb

As an article in Forbes noted, sustainable design in the commercial building sector is anything but a niche, as green buildings will account for nearly $145 billion in new construction and an additional $18 billion in renovations by 2015. Among the residual benefits of all this...

Times Square Transformed by Snøhetta

Snøhetta — whose James B. Hunt Jr. Library is featured in the second episode of Cool Spaces! — is leading a $45 million redesign of Manhattan’s Times Square. The Times Square Reconstruction will create a world-class pedestrian-oriented public space for the 360,000 people...
Posted On 07 Apr 2014

2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

The Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design recognize distinguished achievements that involve the expanding role of the architect in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. Learn more about these projects and firms on the AIA website. The...
Posted On 10 Jan 2014

Welcome to the Jungle

When reggae icon Bob Marley penned the lyrics to his 1973 hit “Concrete Jungle,” he could not have been aware of the term “building-integrated agriculture” (BIA) — or “agri-tecture,” as it is sometimes called — because it wasn’t coined until 2007. If he had, perhaps the late Tuff...
Posted On 10 Jan 2014

Future Cool Space? Weiss/Manfredi’s Singh Center

We have had our eyes on Weiss/Manfredi’s Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology for some time. Now that the building — located on the University of Pennsylvania campus — is finished, it’s definitely on our list for a future profile on Cool Spaces! It’s not...
Posted On 09 Dec 2013

James Corner Rethinks Minneapolis’ “Main Street”

Landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations — whose impressive portfolio includes New York City’s High Line and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London — has won the commission to redesign Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall, reports The Architect’s...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013
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