Quietly, Slowly, Demolishing a Building

Japan’s Kajima corporation has pioneered a new method of demolishing buildings floor by floor. While the sheer high-five awesomeness of blowing-up something is missing from this new technique, it is much more environmentally friendly — which increasingly seems to be the only damn reason to do anything these days. Dubbed “daruma-otoshi,” after the japanese game of column-lowering (maybe you’ve seen it Kinniku Banzuke), the gentle demolition technique is accomplished by replacing the bottom story’s columns with mechanical columns that slowly lower the building after the floor has been completely gutted. Bizarre and impressive to be sure, but even more so is the hopefully inevitable reverse process. Interpret that as you will.

&#183 Floor-by-Floor Demolition Blows Minds, Saves Environment [Gizmodo]

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