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Architecture Watch: Too Progressive for Pelli?

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In Architecture Watch, Curbed SF expands its worldview to new structures across the globe. Projects of note should be directed accordingly.

A prototype designed by Vincent Callebaut Architecture for a post-industrial area of Paris, the Anti-Smog and Solar Drop buildings are examples of a new type of "de-polluting" architecture. Seems like a perfect fit for the Greener Than Thou Bay Area, no? Of course, the tower has many sustainable features, including all the usual suspects: solar panels, integrated wind turbines, living walls, and— buzzword alert!— "greenergy". One feature in particular caught our eye: the surface of the lower building is covered in titanium dioxide, which reacts with ultraviolet rays to absorb and reduce air pollution. Brilliant— green design that goes one step further to actively clean the city. Would it be too much of a stretch to integrate these extra features into a project here— say, perhaps, the Pelli Clarke Pelli proposal for the Embarcadero? Maybe install an interior network to actually clean the air in the building? Or are these measures too progressive for "progressive" San Francisco?
· Anti-Smog Design with Solar Drop + Wind Tower [Jetson Green]
· Living Walls: Indoor Filtering [Landscape + Urbanism]
· Pelli Clarke Pelli to Green the Embarcadero [Curbed SF]