A new TV series delves into the most innovative public space architecture of the 21st century while bridging the gap between architect and end user. Hosted by architect Stephen Chung, AIA, Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture examines provocative buildings throughout North America and the architects and processes behind them. The show premieres nationally this month on PBS, with four episodes airing in the spring and another for in the fall.
Each hour-long episode profiles three buildings within an overall typology theme. Featured spaces include Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Seattle Central Library, and Yale Health Center.
Stephen Chung interviews architect Frank Gehry for a Cool Spaces! segment on the Ruvo Center in Las Vegas.
Chung, principal of Stephen Chung Architect in Boston, formulated the idea for the series after losing his job during the most recent recession. “This time away allowed me to reflect on the profession and its problems and to think about what role I might play in bringing about some positive change,” he explained in a statement.
Through developing the TV program, he aimed to boost the public’s interest in architecture by better explaining the role of architects and the work they create. “Ultimately, I figured, the increased attention could lead to a better built environment,” Chung said. “And by that I mean it could be better designed, less costly, more sustainable, and more beautiful. Everyone would benefit.”
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