August 2010

Vertical Arts: Five Years and Going Strong

We just reached an important milestone here at Vertical Arts. We are proud to announce that we are celebrating our 5 year anniversary.  We found it interesting that the traditional 5th anniversary gift is wood, one of our favorite materials to work with. When our founder,...

The first LEED Platinum Skyscraper

One Bryant Park, last year’s greenest skyscraper, is now the world’s first office tower to reach the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest rating of LEED Platinum. The sustainable tower, designed by Cook+Fox Architects and built by Tishman Construction Corporation, is the second tallest building...

Green Light for the Aspen Art Museum?

The City of Aspen has recently ruled that the approvals for the new Aspen Art Museum cannot legally be referred to voters. According to Toni Kronberg, who filed the petition, opponents to the museum plan on mounting a legal challenge to the art museum. The museum...

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate has been unveiled. The Kennedy Institute will be housed on the Boston waterfront alongside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, built in 1979 by I.M. Pei. The project...

A View to Thrill

Living in Colorado we know a thing or two about rooms with views. In fact we designed a few of our own nestled amongst the breathtaking drop of the Rocky Mountains. Although the below photos don't quite feature the view we have above, their lookout...

The Youth of America is Leading the Green Way

It might be the oldest school in America, but Boston Latin School is showing the rest of the country just how young and innovative they are when it comes to going green. After seeing Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, a group of students lobbied the...

Does architecture shape music?

David Byrne, from the musical band Talking Heads, asks and answers the following question “Does the venue make the music?” In the below video Byrne discusses the importance the setting has played in influencing the songs and style of the music. From the small church...

The other big story behind Astor Courts

We recently came across some of the photos from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding over the weekend, which was held at Astor Courts, and Stanford White’s name was briefly mentioned as the architect who designed the estate back in 1902. Although the wedding made headlines across the...