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.

Cool Spaces! Video Chat: The Building Museum’s BIG Maze

The first in an occasional series of casual conversations about things architectural: Stephen was recently in Washington, D.C., and stopped by the National Building Museum to talk to Director of Communications Brett Rogers about the NBM’s BIG Maze — open until Sept. 1,...
Posted On 15 Jul 2014

L.A. Times Architecture Critic Reviews Cool Spaces!

On July 3 — the day Cool Spaces! was set to debut on Los Angeles’ KCET —  L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne posted a review of our first episode, Performance Spaces. Hawthorne gives it serious consideration, largely positive, and we’re happy to note...
Posted On 07 Jul 2014

Episode 4: Healing Spaces Promo

A 30-second look at our third show, which focuses on healthcare spaces. Featured buildings and architects: • Health Sciences Education Building — CO Architects • Yale Health Center — Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects • Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health — Gehry Partners
Posted On 07 Jul 2014

Cool Spaces! at the 2014 AIA Convention

Highlights from Stephen’s trip to Chicago to host the 2014 AIA Convention. Below, the text of his speech that opened the event. ++++++++++ Hog Butcher for the World,
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Posted On 01 Jul 2014

Landscape Architecture on Cool Spaces!

Although Cool Spaces! is about architecture and the art of designing buildings, it’s also about the many other disciplines that are involved in creating a great public place. To help explain important concepts, Stephen has tapped several on-air experts to discuss specific...
Posted On 30 Jun 2014

Cool Spaces! Video Extra: Bruce Ratner/Barclays Center

Stephen talks to developer Bruce Ratner about Barclays Center, the first building of his massive Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. In this clip, Ratner discusses the importance of public art, aspects of the building’s design (conceived by SHoP Architects), and why it...
Posted On 20 Jun 2014

Episode 3: Art Spaces Promo

A 30-second look at our third show, which focuses on spaces for art. Featured buildings and architects: • Barnes Foundation —Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture — Freelon Group • Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins...
Posted On 16 Jun 2014

Scenes From the Road: Visiting Snøhetta

Photos taken while the Cool Spaces! crew was visiting the New York City office of Snøhetta for our segment on the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, on the campus of N.C. State University. The building appears in our second episode, Libraries.
Posted On 09 Jun 2014

Full Cool Spaces! Segment: Barclays Center, by SHoP Architects

Watch a complete 18-minute segment from the Cool Spaces! show: Barclays Center, by SHoP Architects. Why does Barclays look and function the way it does? What did developer Bruce Ratner hope to accomplish — and how did SHoP make it a reality? Learn more about this compelling...
Posted On 23 May 2014

Scenes From the Road: Visiting the Seattle Central Library

Photos taken while the Cool Spaces! crew was filming the Seattle Central Library. Designed by OMA and LMN Architects, the building appears in our second episode, Libraries.
Posted On 15 May 2014