Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
First CTBUH Demolition Working Group Meeting Held at World Demolition Summit
November 5, 2014
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AMSTERDAM The first meeting of the CTBUH Tall Buildings Demolition Working Group was held in the Rho Hotel in Amsterdam on November 5th, on the occasion of the World Demolition Summit, which took place the next day in the city.
The meeting was proposed and organized by the CTBUH Research Office of which contacted and invited some of the leading international demolition firms.

The Working Group was founded in order to present the entire spectrum of possibilities for demolition, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of different techniques.

Statistics underscore the necessity of a devoted research effort in this area.

Today, there are about 2,700 buildings taller than 150 meters worldwide, and their number is increasing at a rate of one new tower every day. But in the last 50 years only four skyscrapers taller than 150 meters have been demolished: the Singer Building in New York (187 meters), the Morrison Hotel in Chicago (160 meters), Deutsche Bank in New York (158 meters) and One Meridian Plaza in Philadelphia (150 meters). The gap between these two numbers suggests the possibility for a future market and a field of study regarding the demolition and/or deconstruction of tall buildings, and the need to create a group of experts to investigate the unique challenges of such an enterprise.
The working group engaged in discussion
Based on these premises, the main objective of the CTBUH Working Group is, through an active collaboration between experts in the field, to develop a Demolition Technical Guide to overcome the fragmentary knowledge in this sector. In the guide, a selection of demolition and deconstruction Case Studies will be analyzed and cited as representative examples.

Based on this analysis, guidelines for the demolition and for a more environmentally sensitive and easily dismantled design of tall buildings will be formulated. The Guide will also suggest a conscious design process, one that facilitates the future demolition of tall buildings and the recycling of their construction materials.

In the next few months, the members of the Working Group will provide the required information about their specific case studies, in order to begin drafting the Guide.
Overall group photo
The meeting participants and the working group members represented the world leading-firms in the demolition of tall buildings:

    - William Moore, Consultant for Environmental Resources Management (ERM), USA
    - Stefano Panseri, Chief Executive Officer of Despe, Italy
    - Fabio Bruno Pinto, Founder of Fabio Bruno Construções, Brazil
    - Giordano Bruno Pinto, Director of Fabio Bruno Construções, Brazil
    - Eduard Reisch, Chief Executive Officer of Reisch Sprengtechnik, Germany
    - Rainer Melzer, collaborator at Reisch Sprengtechnik, Germany
    - Yozo Shinozaki, Principal Engineer of Taisei’s Design Department, Japan
    - Ryo Mizutani, Structural Engineer at Kajima Corporation
    - William Sinclair, President of Safedem, UK
    - Shigeru Yoshikai, Structural Engineer at Kajima Corporation
    - Dario Trabucco and Martina Belmonte, CTBUH Research Office, IUAV Venice, Italy