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 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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LEED: 3 Billion and Counting

As we touched on in a recent post, green design is big business that is permanently altering the way the buildings we live and work in are designed and built. What was a grassroots movement less than two decades ago has become a bona fide force in the world of architecture. Need...

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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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 ’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,...

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...

“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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