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 that he has nice things to say about Stephen’s performance:
There are moments when Chung, always amiable in his on-camera role, shifts gears to talk about architectural details and even acoustics or structural engineering. When he draws diagrams on the surface of a flat-screen display, like a football commentator breaking down a pass rush or Brian Williams manipulating an electoral map on election night, he begins to make some compelling points about architecture and how it’s made. He’s a natural in this role. He should do more of it.
In addition, Hawthorne discusses not just our show but puts it in the larger context of efforts to bring an architecture series to television — most notably, architect Robert A.M. Stern’s mid-1980s Pride of Place, which also appeared on public TV.
Read Hawthorne’s full review here.