Cool Spaces!: The Best New Architecture is a television series that 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 was designed, how it was designed, and discover just what makes the building so cool. Guided by architect and teacher Stephen Chung, we set off to explore these questions and decide for ourselves if a building really is a “Cool Space”!


“Cool Spaces” is split into four different sections that examines why we love cool designs in our buildings. Most of the documentary is history by way of examination. Still, you never lose the feeling that you’re learning something while watching the program. Host Stephen Chung is easy to understand and builds many prompts into the show for future discussion. Why can’t every educational show be like this?

This series reminds of an old show called “Pride of Places” that we used to get shown back in Elementary School. It was pretty straightforward and crammed a ton of history down your throat. However, Cool Spaces fixes many of those issues by showing off what makes this show different. It’s not just there to talk about architecture, but to show you what is so cool about working to design buildings. Everything is on the docket, but this documentary wants you to know why. The quest to never stop knowing why about the matter is rich and it leaves one far more educated.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality sports a strong transfer. Plus, the Dolby track isn’t too bad. But, that’s what I expect from releases like this. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.

RELEASE DATE: 07/08/2014

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