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From What Could Have Been to Saying Good-bye

What if? What if some of the greatest architectural buildings weren’t left on the drawing board? From Frank Lloyd Wright’s mile-high skyscraper in Chicago to the late Zaha Hadid’s vision for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, CNNStyle explores what could have been if these marvels  made it to reality.

Montreal’s new Stinson Transport Center received LEED Gold certification due in part to a facade covered in ceramic tiles that scrub the air clean. The facade, manufactured by Ceragres, absorbs polluting particles emitted from the 300 buses that visit the building every day. According to Inhabitat, the ventilated system uses a sun-activated catalyst in the enamel to transform pollutants into harmless materials like mineral salts.

Minnesotan  firm Architects for Society designed a prototype for a low-cost, easily deployed dwelling for refugees, dubbed the “Hex House.” Each 431-square-foot units are created from steel and foam and cost between $15-20,000. Houses can be arranged next to each other for better thermal performance; plans call for them also to feature rainwater-harvesting systems, rooftop solar panels and underground water storage tanks. Scroll through the innovative spaces on Dezeen.

It’s so hard to say good-bye. As a result of a 15,000-square-foot renovation (and an additional 50,000 square feet of gallery space), the MoMA in NYC is closing its architecture and design galleries. The exhibits aren’t gone for good; they will be dispersed around the museum to show a more multidisciplinary approach that explores the relationship between architecture, design and art. “I want people to understand that design is so much more than cute chairs,” said Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA in Wired.  “…It is first and foremost everything that is around us in our life.”

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