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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 03:52 PM

Japan's incredible shrinking building

A company in Japan has come up with a new way of demolishing high-rise buildings in densely built-up areas, as an alternative to using wrecking balls or explosives.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Tokyo.


Pretty amazing, video at link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21406927

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The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
Vincardog Feb 2013 #1
Orrex Feb 2013 #2
greytdemocrat Feb 2013 #8
jschurchin Feb 2013 #3
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #5
SayWut Feb 2013 #4
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #6
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #7
Art_from_Ark Feb 2013 #9

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 03:57 PM

1. I don't know why they don't just crash a few jets into them

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Response to Vincardog (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:01 PM

2. Because crazy people would make up lots of bullshit conspiracy theories

And who needs that kind of noise?

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Response to Vincardog (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:11 PM

8. Drunk???

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:32 PM

3. The Japanese people never cease to amaze me.

The constantly think outside the box and come up with truly incredible solutions to complex problems. We USED to do things like this, unfortunately we have become complacent.

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Response to jschurchin (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:39 PM

5. I don't think it's because we became complacent. I think it's because as corporations were allowed

 

to consolidate, and thereby gain more control of their markets, the innovative minds were squeezed out. Innovation is expensive to implement and it cuts into profits. Once competition is no longer a factor, there is no need to go to that expense.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:39 PM

4. Godzilla is going to be out of a job.

 

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Response to SayWut (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:11 PM

6. Well, yes, that IS the downside, I guess.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:55 PM

7. I don't understand why they're not dismantling it right from the top

They're keeping the top few floors intact, and carefully taking out the stuff just beneath them, bit by bit - but that involves the jacks to support the top floors. Why not just dismantle, just as carefully, the top floor, then the one below it, etc., until they've got to the ground? That way, there'd be no need for the jacks.

On edit: explained here. Keeping the roof on keeps the noise and dust from the site down, and keeps the workers dry, allowing all work in all weather.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:37 PM

9. I think that is probably what happened to the Daiichi Tekkou Building

Just a few doors down from Tokyo Station, the 50-year-old landmark has been dismantled in favor of yet another steel-and-glass high-rise.

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