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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Visiting the T-House, by Architect Simon Ungers

When he visited Saratoga, NY, to speak at the AIA New York State convention in early October, Cool Spaces! host Stephen Chung made an impromptu stop by Simon Ungers’ T-House, a critically acclaimed example of late-20th-century modern domestic architecture.
Posted On 16 Oct 2014

Scenes from Dwell on Design

This past weekend I had the pleasure of presenting at the Dwell on Design event in New York City. Dwell on Design was held in an event space in New York’s Soho district at 82 Mercer, a former industrial building with everything you would expect in a Soho building: raw brick...
Posted On 15 Oct 2014

Cool Spaces! Video Extra: Bruce Ratner/Barclays Center (Part 2)

A further look at Stephen’s interview with Bruce Ratner, the developer for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. In this clip, Ratner rhapsodizes about the arena’s form (by SHoP Architects) and weathered-steel (aka Cor-Ten) skin and discusses how creating such a building...
Posted On 02 Oct 2014

Stephen to Speak at 2014 Dwell On Design Event

Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts at 82 Mercer in SoHo on Oct. 9–11 with 5,000 members of the design elite gathering for innovative installations and onstage discussions centering on contract design, public space, urban infrastructure, and more....
Posted On 29 Sep 2014

Rereading Roger K. Lewis’ Architect?

Over the summer, Stephen had the opportunity to revisit a 1985 book about the architecture profession that was revised in 2012. What did he think about it? On a recent trip to Nashville, I packed away some new reading material, including Architect? A Candid Guide to the...
Posted On 11 Sep 2014

The Challenge of Public Television

A message from show creator and host Stephen Chung: As Cool Spaces! makes its way across the country, I frequently get questions about future seasons. To be sure, I want to continue making episodes. There is definitely no shortage of great buildings out there to profile, and...
Posted On 06 Aug 2014

The Cool Spaces! People You Don’t See On-Screen

What does a Cool Spaces! production look like? On the screen you see Stephen alone, or with one or two other people, but behind the camera stands a collection of dedicated, patient crew members. “It’s hard to get used to all the people involved in any shot,”...
Posted On 24 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