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Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture

Airs Wednesdays, April 23-May 14, 2014 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo., design by Safdie Architects.

Architecture, the ancient and constantly renewing discipline, forms the foundation of our everyday lives. It shapes our world in visible ways by defining the streetscape and the skyline. it also shapes our world in tangible ways by creating spaces where we live, work, and play in relative safety and comfort.

Courtesy of Executive Program Services

Architect Stephen Chung

Architect Stephen Chung, calls such spaces cool. He’s right. In this new public television series conceived, assembled, and hosted by Chung – highly approachable, using everyday language – he draws us into interesting projects, unlocking architecture for a generation that values design but wants to learn more. He asks obvious questions that most of us would like to ask. Who wanted this done? Why? What did they hope to accomplish? Why do these buildings look and feel the way they do, and, ultimately, what did it take to bring them to fruition.

Over the course of a single episode, he demystifies architecture by making it understandable and approachable, allowing us to love and learn simultaneously. Viewers will be able to walk through New York, San Francisco, Chicago, or their own hometown with newly opened eyes, thanks to COOL SPACES. Buildings featured in the series are located in the following cities: Brooklyn N.Y., Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas, New Haven Conn., Phoenix, Seattle, Raleigh N.C., Philadelphia, and Charlotte N.C.

Episode One: "Performance Spaces" airs Wednesday, April 23 at 11 p.m. - Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. by SHoP, (New York); Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas by HKS Architects (Dallas); Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo. by Moshe Safdie (Boston).

Episode Two: "Libraries" airs Wednesday, April 30 at 11 p.m. - Seattle Public Library, Seattle, Wash. by OMA/REX (NYC); South Mountain Community Library, Phoenix, Arizona by Richard+Bauer (Phoenix); Hunt Library in Raleigh, N.C. by Snohetta (New York).

Episode Three: "Art Spaces" airs Wednesday, May 7 at 11 p.m. - Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Mo. by Steven Holl (New York); Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa. by Tod Williams Billie Tsien (New York); Gantt Center for African Arts and Culture, Charlotte, N.C. by Freelon Group, (Raleigh, N.C.).

Episode Four: "Healing Spaces" airs Wednesday, May 14 at 11 p.m. - Ruvo Center, Las Vegas, Nev. by Frank Gehry, (LA); Yale University Health Services Building, New Haven, Conn. by Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam (Atlanta); Health Sciences Education Building, Phoenix, Ariz. by CO Architects, (LA).

COOL SPACES: THE BEST NEW ARCHITECTURE is on Facebook, Google +, and you can follow @CoolSpaces on Twitter.

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COOL SPACES! 1-Minute Sizzle

Above: Get ready for COOL SPACES! — a TV series and website that showcases what's new and exciting in the world of architecture and design. Premiering in April 2014.

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COOL SPACES! Series Preview

Above: A 3-minute look at the style and substance of Cool Spaces! Buildings featured in this preview: • Cowboys Stadium — HKS Architects • Seattle Central Library — OMA & LMN • Barnes Foundation — Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects • Bloch Building, Nelson-Atkins Museum — Steven Holl Architects • Barclays Center — SHoP Architects • South Mountain Community Library — Richärd+Bauer • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture — Freelon Group • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts — Safdie Architects

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COOL SPACES! Performance Spaces Promo

Above: In this 3-minute look at our premiere episode, "Performance Spaces," Stephen visits Cowboys Stadium, by HKS Architects; Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, by Safdie Architects; and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, by SHoP Architects. COOL SPACES! premieres in April 2014 on PBS.

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COOL SPACES! Las Vegas: Ruvo Center, by Frank Gehry

Above: COOL SPACES! visits Las Vegas to better understand the design thinking behind the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Host Stephen Chung chats with Lou Ruvo, who commissioned the building, architect Frank Gehry, and the city's former and current mayors.