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 Largest Dome in the World

And we thought Cowboys Stadium was huge … From Gizmodo: Singapore’s huge new stadium, SportsHub, just clinched the title for the largest free-spanning dome structure ever built — stretching more than 1,010 feet across at its widest point. Designed by Arup, AECOM, and DP...
Posted On 21 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...

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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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...

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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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...

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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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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