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.

A Japanese High-Rise That Cools the Air Around It

BioSkin, a building façade technology developed by Nikken Sekkei and initially used on Tokyo’s NBF Osaki high-rise, has received an innovation award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. What’s special about BioSkin? We’ll let the CTBUH explain...
Posted On 11 Jul 2014
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Shape-Shifting: The Future of Furniture?

What if furniture wasn’t just a collection of static objects sitting in your home or office, but a dynamic “machine” that changed its shape in response to your energy and emotions? If it sounds a little like science fiction, it’s no wonder: The inventors of Transform — a...

Homebuilt: Low-Cost Dwellings, Some Assembly Required

You’ve probably read about Sears housing: In the early 20th century, the company offered mail-order homes that people could construct themselves, with little specialized knowledge. Boston designer Dennis Michaud believes it’s an idea whose time has come again — and...
Posted On 05 Jun 2014
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R&D: Maximal Living in a Micro-Apartment

From the bright minds at MIT Media Lab comes the Star Trek-worthy CityHome. Designed to make studio apartments as functional as — and perhaps way cooler than — larger apartments, the product’s RoboWall, writes Fast Company, is a mechanical box about the size of a closet...
Posted On 02 Jun 2014
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The Future of Solar Energy Is Transparent

Despite the fact that solar power is one of the cleanest forms of alternative energy available, it represents only about 1 percent of the nation’s electricity generation and is still rife with problems. Photovoltaic (solar) panels — a common green fixture on buildings, for...

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...

The Ripple Effect of Evidence-Based Design

In 2000, the Center for Health Design launched an initiative called the Pebble Project that sought to bring together forward-thinking healthcare providers, architects, and designers to identify design solutions in the construction of hospitals that would measurably improve...

Virtual LED: The Marriage of Physics & Lighting

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have seen explosive growth in recent years thanks to rapid development in lighting technology—a trend that’s likely to continue as quality improves and prices drop. But what happens when you join the laws of physics and the power of a...
Posted On 10 Dec 2013

Functional Come Rain or Shine: PhotoFlow

Harvesting sunlight for powering a building would seem to be a very different proposition from collecting and filtering rainwater for drinking and cooking. Not for Mexican design firm NOS, which has developed the (for now) concept-only PhotoFlow: a product combining photovoltaic...
Posted On 11 Nov 2013
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