Green Design

Skyscrapers: The Best of the Best

EVolo, an architecture and design journal, has set the bar high with their annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Since 2006, the competition has pitted some of the world's most prestigious architecture firms against each other hoping to win the award for the most innovative skyscraper design....

Miami's Science Museum Breaks Ground

Miami is quickly becoming a cultural icon for other US cities to emulate. Recently another groundbreaking ceremony was held at its newest crown of achievement Museum Park. Miami's Museum Park is situated in downtown Miami overlooking Biscayne Bay. The new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of...

Are you eco-friendly?

In order to live a greener life and develop a eco-friendly existence we will have to take a holistic approach to the process. We must realize that everything that we need for our existence comes directly or indirectly from nature. Sustainability is the technical term...

A Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope?

Living in a winter wonderland like Steamboat Springs, we are always interested in reading about new design plans for ski slopes around the globe. Especially the one featured on Inhabitat.com, which mentions Barcelona's plans for the first-ever carbon-neutral indoor ski slope. From the designers who brought...

A Look At The New Natural History Museum Of Utah

Our neighbors to the west, Utah, has designed a structure recently that beautifully molds itself into the landscape. The Natural History Museum of Utah's new home, the Rio Tinto Center, is a $103 million project just a few miles from downtown Salt Lake City.  The...

Starbucks Goes Green This Holiday Season

Have you seen Starbucks' new reclaimed shipping container coffee shop in Tukwila, Washington? This "reclamation drive-thru" was built using four shipping containers and was designed to LEED building standards. Inhabitat is reporting that the inspiration came from "the company’s use of the containers to ship their...

Design Trends for 2012

Happy New Year! With a new year comes new trends in architecture and interiors design. Here are some trends that we think will continue being popular in 2012. 1. Master suite with sitting room. 2. Universal Design 3. Green Design 4. Outdoor Living Spaces 5. Home Theater What design...

Sustainable Building in Colorado

Building green is getting a lot of media attention these days and Vertical Arts is committed to creating sustainable designs. Offering LEED certification and Green Building Design specifications, we understand the importance of innovative and responsible construction. Architectural green design complements the classic building process with...

Homeowners Are Saying Yes To Green Design

It seems that homeowners are moving away from the 'McMansions" and are more interested in building homes that are energy efficient. According to a new Yahoo! Real Estate survey homeowners are looking for "a 'green', energy-efficient home built with 'sustainable' materials that yield a lower...

Obama Pledges $4 Billion For Energy Upgrades

Yesterday was a big day for advocates of the Better Buildings Challenge. President Obama and former president Bill Clinton announced a combined $4 billion investment from both the public and private sectors for energy efficient building upgrades. “Upgrading the energy efficiency of America’s buildings is one...