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.

Tunneling Beneath the Nation’s Capital

The Washington, D.C. subway system — designed by architect Harry Weese and the recipient of the 2014 AIA Twenty-five Year Award — is a well-loved public transit system. How did the tunnel’s that connect the Metro’s celebrated concrete-vault station get built? Watch...
Posted On 20 Jun 2014
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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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Life-size Blueprints for Better Construction

By now you’ve likely heard of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. It’s a cool product that’s helpful to busy homeowners, but can the technology be leveraged to assist busy construction professionals? It may not be long before job sites also include the Archibot. This...

A Record-Breaking Concrete Pour in Los Angeles

Usually, the concrete pour for the foundation of a building, even a skyscraper, doesn’t merit much attention. But what happened on Feb. 15–16 at the site of the soon-to-arise Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles was no ordinary construction job. In fact, it was a...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014
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Brooklyn: Barclays Center Construction Timelapse

  Thanks to SHoP Architects for this timelapse showing Barclays Center coming together, piece by piece (including 12,000 weathering steel panels on the exterior!), over the course of 117+ weeks. The arena will be featured in our premiere episode, Performance Spaces, arriving...
Posted On 09 Jan 2014

How Do Cranes Stay Above the Buildings They Make?

Spurred by all of the hoopla around the official height of One World Trade Center, Slate has posted an Explainer column on how cranes stay atop the skyscrapers they piece together. In essence, there are three types: external climbers and internal climbers, both of which can be...
Posted On 18 Nov 2013
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