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 aspects of the buildings we feature — like the structural engineering behind Cowboys Stadium, for example, succinctly explained by Paul Kassabian of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger.
Landscape architecture is one of the disciplines we focus on in our segments on the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Yale Health Center. For these buildings, we turned to Shauna Gillies-Smith (pictured above), founder of Boston-based landscape architecture firm Ground (and a fellow Harvard Graduate School of Design student when Stephen studied there). In a recent article on Landscape Architecture Magazine, she describes how she became involved and why she’s excited by the show’s inclusion of other disciplines:
The show is primarily driven by architecture projects, but Gillies-Smith hopes that it will help viewers broaden their concepts of what a designed landscape is—“not just a park or a garden or a roof with technology. Once you get beyond that level, you can start to project and advocate for a more engaging and beautiful and effective and performative landscape as well.”
We couldn’t agree more.