A new building-demolition technique being used in Japan takes the phrase "inside job" to a whole new level -- literally. Controlled building destruction, especially of skyscrapers, often involves an implosion, which levels the building in a matter of seconds. But a new method of safely bringing down skyscrapers can best be seen in a new time-lapse video of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, which stands more than 450 feet tall. "Razing a Skyscraper the Ecological Way" shows the hotel, which is located in Tokyo, shrinking before your eyes as workers take it apart from the inside.
Taisei Corporation, the company behind this new demolition process known as Taisei Ecological Reproduction System, or Tecorep, advertises the method as environmentally friendly because it reduces dust exposure by more than 90 percent. In addition, Tecorep cuts down on noise considerably.
How does Tecorep work? Temporary columns are set up indoors to hold up the roof of the existing building. Then jacks lower theRead More »from New skyscraper demolition method shrinks building from inside out