Green cities. Chicago Illinois. A city with green cred.

Solar-panel skyscrapers, rooftop gardens, towering wind turbines—the green future is here, and it’s all about going vertical. In progressive cities around the world, sci-fi visions of a future populated by shiny high-rise buildings where plants grow far above the soil turn out to be not so far-fetched. So say good-bye to your car, jump on a speedy tram or bike, and get ready to see green cities in a whole new way.

Chicago is renewing itself with a greener skyline and new building standards. The city’s eco-cred has soared with the launch of its Green Roofs campaign, a push to cultivate gardens atop public and private high-rises. Ralph Martin at Concierge.com highlights the green attributes of this city. Click here to read more.

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Liquid Architecture. Of course, its Frank Gehry. Feel the rhythm at Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA.

Liquid architecture. It’s like jazz – you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it’s a way of – for me, it’s a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.

– Frank Gehry

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located on the south end of the Music Center Campus. The Concert Hall is bordered by Hope Street (West), Grand Avenue (West), First Street (North) and Second Street (South). Visit the website here.

Stand out from the crowd. Frank Gehry’s dreamlike Lou Ruvo Centre, Las Vegas.

There’s more to Las Vegas than slot machines and blackjack tables. For a truly inspiration experience visit the Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. Architect Frank Gehry says he wanted a swirling stainless steel structure he designed for Las Vegas to be unique – to stand out from what he called “the cacophony” of high-rise casinos and condos forming the spine of Sin City’s sprawl.

“You deliver a unique building that creates a sense of pride, that works, that keeps the rain out, is uplifting, and makes you happy to go to work and live in,” he told The Associated Press during an interview and walk around the building.”It’s not just blah, blah, blah, bland,” he said. “It contributes to the city. If you deliver that – and by the way the rest of the world is interested in it – it can create value and become an economic engine for the community.”

Your best work is your expression of yourself. Now, you may not be the greatest at it, but when you do it, you’re the only expert.

— FRANK GEHRY