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Monday, January 14, 2013

The New Art of Gentle Demolition

Posted by on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Ever so softly, so quietly, the dead tower goes down...

Leave it to Japan to turn one of the dirtiest and noisiest processes of the urban lifecycle – the demolition of highrises – into a neat, quiet and almost cute affair.

As much fun as it sounds, demolition companies don't tackle most jobs with a heavy swinging ball. Taking down a largish building requires extensive crane work, temporary scaffolding and a fleet of heavy machines grinding around on the rooftop. But Japanese construction company Taisei, which is behind the world's tallest concept skyscraper, is pioneering a type of building butchery that seals all these messy elements into an adorable "big hat."

"It's kind of like having a disassembly factory on top of the building and putting a big hat there, and then the building shrinks," says one Taisei engineer, according to this report in the Japan Times.

Some of this shrinking process can be seen in this video...

Recall William Gibson's Idoru. Recall how after the big earthquake, parts of Tokyo are rebuilt by Russian nanonbots. Recall the eeriness of the silent but steady rise of the new skyscrapers. This new kind of demolition has some of that eeriness, but in reverse.


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Bauhaus I 1
Here's how I know I'm getting old: I remember when buildings that looked like this one were the new, modern thing. Now I watch them being razed like an 1890's F.W. Woolworth's.

That ol' rockin' chair's gonna get me.
Posted by Bauhaus I on January 14, 2013 at 8:54 AM · Report this
treacle 2
That is some pretty sweet building demo action. One wonders how they get all the detritus out. AND how the 'hat' descends so evenly.
Posted by treacle on January 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 3
I want them to do this with my body when I die.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on January 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM · Report this
So I can't really listen to this with sound, but just how long does this process take?
Posted by j.lee on January 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM · Report this

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