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21 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom
It was supposed to be the tallest building in the City of London. Instead, the Pinnacle skyscraper grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling. Now its days are numbered as it is being prepared for demolition. Read more.
19 Aug 2015, Glasgow, United Kingdom
After becoming a byword for the failure of high-rise housing, and following a proposal to blow them up on live television that caused an outcry, the remaining structures of the Red Road Flats will, at last, be demolished. Read more.
20 May 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal
Knocking down thousands of multi-storied buildings damaged in the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, and which pose a serious threat to life and property, has become a tall order for the Nepal government to manage. Read more.
13 Apr 2015, Ankara, Turkey
The long stalled Republic Tower, aspiring to be the tallest observation tower in Turkey, will be demolished after a failed legal battle to change Anakara's municipal zoning laws. Construction began in 2003, and has been on hold since 2008. Read more.
16 Dec 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Work is starting to demolish Scotland's tallest residential high-rise flats. The Whitevale and Bluevale flats will be brought down piece by piece due to the towers' proximity to busy roads and a nearby retail park. Read more.
19 Nov 2014, Auckland, New Zealand
Plans to save or demolish New Zealand's first skyscraper, the Civic Building on Aotea Square, have been outlined to councilors and the media. The Auckland Development Committee will consider the future of the building in February 2015. Read more.
03 Oct 2014, Tokyo, Japan
Over the years, much of the once-modern Nakagin Capsule Tower has fallen into disrepair, and many owners would rather see the tower demolished and reap the profits of a brand new apartment building. Read more.
29 Sep 2014, Medellin, Colombia
Colombian authorities demolished the last buildings of a large apartment block in a Medellin neighborhood that partially collapsed in October 2013, killing 12 people. The first of the damaged towers was demolished in February 2014. Read more.
23 Jun 2014, Las Vegas, United States
MGM Resorts International has begun the year-long process of demolishing the Harmon Hotel, the only portion of the $8.5 billion, 67-acre CityCenter development that was never completed. Read more.
10 Jun 2014, Renhaui, China
The 900-ft (274-meter)-long bridge over the Chishui River, and an isolated, 25-story high-rise building were demolished in front of large crowds in Maotai County, Guizhou Province, China. Read more.
05 May 2014, Dumbarton, United Kingdom
Another high-rise demolition controversy has come to Scotland, just weeks after a dramatic plan to dynamite Glasgow’s condemned Red Road towers as part of the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremonies were scuttled. Read more.
16 Apr 2014, Las Vegas, United States
Hopes for a “Vegas-style” implosion of the truncated Harmon Hotel have been dashed, as it will be necessary to dismantle the project slowly and carefully due to its proximity to other buildings. Read more.
15 Apr 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Controversial plans to implode five of Glasgow’s six remaining Red Road public housing towers as part of the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremonies have been canceled, after strong public criticism that the plan was insensitive to former residents. Read more.
10 Apr 2014, Shenyang, China
Television cameras captured extraordinary footage of the Xianyung Building, a residential housing block in Shenyang, China, being split precisely in half by strategically placed explosives. Read more.
03 Apr 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Glasgow will demolish its social-housing tower blocks at Red Road as part of the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremonies, marking the “end of the high-rise living in the area." Read more.
19 Mar 2014, Moscow, Russia
In Moscow, a group of respected architects have written Russian President Vladimir Putin a signed petition to save Vladimir Shuchov’s Shabolvoka Radio Tower, which was constructed in 1922 and is considered an impressive engineering feat of the 20th century. Read more.
03 Feb 2014, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
A 116-meter former university tower was imploded in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, to make way for two new office towers. AfE Turm is now the world’s tallest steel-framed structure to be demolished by a controlled explosion. Read more.
27 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom
Property company Almacantar has unveiled its finalized plans for a 408,000-square foot (38,000-square meter) redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower. The Rafael Viñoly-designed scheme includes the demolition of the existing 24-story tower and the construction of two new buildings, reaching seven and 17 stories, respectively. Read more.
12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States
A vote by the National Association of Realtors has approved a redevelopment project for the trade group's Chicago headquarters at 430 N. Michigan Ave. The project would involve demolishing the existing Realtor Building, which is more than a half-century old, and replacing it with a mixed-use tower. Read more.
12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States
The three final designs for the biomedical research facility to be built on the site of Prentice Women's Hospital Building have been unveiled. The finalists are Perkins + Will; a team of Goettsch Partners and Ballinger; and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with Payette. Read more.
06 Nov 2013, Beijing, China
The luxurious "mountain villa" built atop a Beijing high-rise is being torn down. The $4 million penthouse was built on the roof of an existing apartment building earlier this year by health-care entrepreneur Biqing Zhang, much to the chagrin of its other occupants. Read more.
30 Aug 2013, San Francisco, United States
Demolition work has begun on two buildings at 181 Fremont St. in San Francisco, making space for the tower that will replace the pair. Developer Jay Paul Co. plans to build a 54-story tower which, at 805 feet (246 meters) could be the third-tallest building in San Francisco upon completion.Read more.
26 Aug 2013, Las Vegas, United States
After four rounds of inspections and testing, Las Vegas judge has approved the demolition of the faulty, unfinished Harmon Tower hotel on the Strip. The defective 26-story shell has lain empty for years, embroiled in court disputes over who is to blame and who will cover the cost of demolition. Read more.
13 Aug 2013, Beijing, China
A Chinese businessman who built a house covered by an artificial mountain on top of a 26-story apartment block in Beijing has been told to remove it or risk its demolition. Local media reports that the man spent six years creating the structure using fake rocks, real trees and real grass. Read more.
29 Jul 2013, Oklahoma City, United States
The former Stage Center theater in downtown Oklahoma City has been slated for demolition to make way for a 20-plus story office building on the site. The city's Downtown Design Review Committee must now decide whether to approve the demolition of the Center. Read more.
17 Jul 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey's Parliament has passed an amendment to protect its historic skylines from uncontrolled urbanization. The new measures would transfer zoning authority in Turkish cities to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MEU) and set up architectural commissions in municipalities. Read more.
02 Jul 2013, Dundee, United Kingdom
The two tallest buildings in Dundee were brought down yesterday in a controlled explosion yesterday by demolition contractor Safedem, at a cost of ₤2.3 million (US$3.5 million). The 25-story Derby Street Blocks, Butterburn Court and Bucklemaker Court, were built in 1971. Read more.
24 Jun 2013, Gold Coast, Australia
Griffith University's Head of Architecture, Professor Gordon Holden, has expressed concerns that many of Gold Coast's most iconic high-rises may be suffering from "concrete cancer." The problem is caused by weather and atmosphere, and is degrading the poorly-built structures in the city, GoldCoast.com reports. Read more.
06 May 2013, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Glasgow's Birnie Court, one of the city's controversial Red Road high-rise housing projects, was demolished yesterday, May 5, in the second stage of a regeneration project. Eighty-eight kilograms (194 pounds) of explosives brought down the 30-story building in five seconds. Read more.
24 Apr 2013, London, United Kingdom
Post-war residential tower blocks should be refurbished rather than demolished, according to delegates at the Open City's Green Sky Thinking Week conference in London. The debate concluded that the amounts of embodied carbon in tall buildings are too great to lose through demolition. Read more.