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.

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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Midcentury Modern Architecture and Arkansas

  “Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture,” an hourlong documentary from 2012 that focuses on the construction boom in the United States after World War II. Sometimes considered cold and unattractive, mid-century modern designs were a...
Posted On 18 Apr 2014
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Protecting the Past to Build for the Future

There’s something inherently cool about preserving old buildings and adapting them for new uses. A recent memorable example is Boston’s historic Charles Street Jail (home to the infamous Boston Strangler and conman Frank Abagnale), which was transformed into the stunning —...

Not Just Good Food, But Good Design

You’ve probably heard about the annual James Beard Awards, considered among the highest honors for chefs and restaurants. But did you know they celebrate not just food, but architecture and interiors? Learn more about the design of Philadelphia’s Tria Taproom (above),...
Posted On 10 Apr 2014
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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

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...

A New Model for Research Labs

Working in a research facility isn’t what it used to be — and as it turns out, that’s a very good thing. A new trend in the design of research facilities and laboratories has emerged that recognizes the intensely social nature of scientific research. The National Institute of...

Shigeru Ban Wins 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Often referred to in the popular press as “the Oscar of architecture,” the Pritzker Architecture Prize is among the profession’s highest honors. Created to “honor a living architect/s whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of...
Posted On 25 Mar 2014
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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...

On Film: Steven Holl’s Sifang Art Museum

In a previous post examining cantilevered buildings, we expressed our affinity for support-free architecture and the exciting design possibilities it represents. In two new short films produced by Spirit of Space, architect Steven Holl — whose Bloch Building addition to the...