Buildings get old — most office towers aren’t designed to stand for centuries, as they once were. In Tokyo, a team of artists and curators got permission to interrupt this a near-perpetual cycle of construction and demolition by throwing one last party inside a tower destined for the scrap heap.
We tend to think of demolition as destructive: dynamite, dust and plenty of fireworks. But as a New York Times article recently described, demolition in dense cities is more and more often a “stealth” operation, where a building is dismantled over a number of weeks.
Early on Sunday morning, Orlando Amway Arena was demolished in under 20 seconds by 236kg of dynamite. The arena was originally built in 1989 and served as the home for Orlando sports teams for more than 20 years.