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.

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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Architecture, Imagination & Storytelling

Architecture has always inspired the imagination, and the act of designing a building tells a story. In a sense, architecture moves from fiction to non-fiction, as abstract sketches are translated into real concrete, brick, steel, and glass. Recently, the online collective Blank...

If Famous Artists Designed Buildings

Spanish artist Federico Babina, whose work is highly architectural and always fun — pixelated architects and an alphabet of architects are two recent series that have gone viral — has come up with a new concept: If famous artists created buildings — what might they look like?...
Posted On 03 Apr 2014
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Educating the Public About Good Design: Why Northeastern Is Partnering With Cool Spaces!

A message from George Thrush, director of the Northeastern University School of Architecture. When I heard that my friend Stephen Chung was producing a program about architecture, I was delighted. In our profession, we have long lacked an accessible way for the public to...
Posted On 02 Apr 2014

Fast Company Names Innovative Architects in 2014

As part of its 2014 “most innovative companies” issue, Fast Company has pulled together a list of 10 innovative architecture firms. Topped by SHoP Architects — whose Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, appears as part of our premiere episode, Performance Spaces — the list...
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
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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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Wright’s Taliesin West to Go “Net Zero”

Among the many things for which iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was known was an enthusiastic acceptance of the social and technological changes that emerged as a result of the Industrial Revolution. The late pioneer would no doubt support the groundbreaking effort...

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...

Exhibit: Frank Lloyd Wright and the City

Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t just design beautiful individual buildings — he also wrestled with the larger issues around rapidly growing cities. You can see the master’s mind at work at the Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal exhibition, now showing at...
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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