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Rick Joy: Interludes
Rick Joy, an architect based in Tucson, Arizona, owes his reputation to his innovative residential designs, which respond gracefully to their desert environment. Joy exploits natural and passive energy-saving techniques and unusual materials, such as rammed earth and rusting steel,…
Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line
Diller Scofidio + Renfro has long been at the forefront of design. The interdisciplinary design firm, founded in 1979, first stirred interest with its provocative exhibitions of theoretically based projects that blurred the boundaries between art and architecture. In 1999,…
Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower
Chicago is famous for its role in fostering modern architecture, owing to the legacy of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1900s, and Mies van der Rohe in the mid-20th Century. Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang,…
KieranTimberlake - Loblolly House (2007) and Cellophane House (2008)
KieranTimberlake, an architectural firm based in Philadelphia, is a recognized leader of the "green" architecture movement in the U.S. As this film illustrates, its founders Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake have been developing innovative means to combine sustainable design principles…
Libraries - The Design of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, South Mountain Community Library, & Seattle Central Library
Part of the Series: Cool Spaces
PBS
How do you design a library? Go behind the mind of the architect in this episode of COOL SPACES as architect and teacher Stephen Chung presents how the most innovative libraries were designed, featuring the spaces of James B. Hunt…
The New Modernists - Folds, Blobs and Boxes - Architecture in the Digital Era
Since the Baroque era of the 17th century, architects have been trying to cast off the Cartesian grid and traditional notions of beauty and proportion in architecture. Folds, Blobs + Boxes introduces today's digitally educated designers who are continuing to…
The New Modernists: German Architecture for the 21st Century
A visit with the principals of seven architectural practices at the sites of their best work in many parts of Germany. The eleven architects, all born after World War II, give insight into the situation of architecture and the architect…
Performing Spaces - The Design of Barclay's Center, Cowboys Stadium & Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Part of the Series: Cool Spaces
PBS
What goes on behind the mind of the architect? In this episode of COOL SPACES, architect and teacher Stephen Chung explores the most provocative performance spaces featuring Barclay's Center (Brooklyn NY), Cowboys Stadium (Dallas, TX), and Kauffman Center for the…
16 Acres - The Rebuilding of Ground Zero
The rebuilding of Ground Zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex construction project in recent American history. The struggle to develop these 16 acres of 'sacred' land has encompassed 12 years, 19 government agencies, and over $20 billion.…
Healing Spaces - The Design of the Health Sciences Education Building in Phoenix, AZ, Yale Health Center, & Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Part of the Series: Cool Spaces
PBS
How do architects design the spaces used for healing? Take some time out of your day to explore the designs behind healing spaces featuring the Health Sciences Education Building (Phoenix, AZ), Yale Health Center (New Haven, CT), and Lou Ruvo…
Steven Holl - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Bloch Building
Generally acknowledged as one of the most artistically-minded architects practicing today, Steven Holl completed, in 2007, a museum considered the apex of his 33-year career: the Bloch Building for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Here, Holl designed…
Art Spaces - The Design of the Barnes Foundation, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Bloch Building - Nelson-Atkins Museum
Part of the Series: Cool Spaces
PBS
Explore the most beautiful art spaces including the Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia, PA), Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (Charlotte, NC), and Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) in this episode of COOL…
Inventing Cornell Tech: The Vision
Ground has been broken on Roosevelt Island for New York City's newest academic campus - the sustainable, high tech home of Cornell Tech, a radical reconception of graduate level engineering study for the information age. Over the next three years,…
Cool Spaces - Unique Architecture in the United States
PBS
This series profiles the most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America. Each hour-long episode is organized around a central theme--Performance Spaces, Libraries, Art Spaces, and Healing Spaces--and profiles three buildings. For each building, we see why it…
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