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23 Sep 2016, Vancouver, Canada
The 40-story Empire Landmark, which is 44 years old and features a rotating restaurant, is facing the threat of demolition. The current property owners want to replace the old tower with two new high-rises of 28 and 30 stories. Read more.
21 Jun 2016, New York City, United States
Plans have been revealed for 200 Amsterdam Avenue, which will rise 203 meters to its roof, becoming the tallest building on the Upper West Side of New York City. Demolition of the site's current occupant is underway. Read more.
15 Jun 2016, New York City, United States
Demolition is underway on the site of J&R Music and Computer World’s former flagship at 23-32 Park Row. A new 54-story at 23 Park Row will replace the building and three others in a development expected to cost $492 million. Read more.
02 Jun 2016, Tangerang, Indonesia
Sections of the 20-plus-year-old, under-construction Panin Bintaro Building in Bintaro, South Tangerang collapsed on June 2, causing clouds of dust in the surrounding area. The tower had only reached the first 17 of its 24 stories. Read more.
25 May 2016, London, United Kingdom
Construction has begun on a USD$662 million redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower in London’s West End. The scheme will see the 23-story tower demolished and replaced by an 18-story, cylindrical-shaped skyscraper. Read more.
29 Apr 2016, Mumbai, India
On April 29, The Bombay High Court ordered the demolition of a high-rise building known as Adarsh for violation of green norms. The building was allegedly constructed in total violation of Coastal Regulation Zone rules. Read more.
01 Apr 2016, New York City, United States
New building permits for the 49-story residential 141 East 47th Street were filed on March 30 and an updated rendering has been released. The removal of the site’s low-slung structures has commenced. Read more.
25 Mar 2016, Toronto, Canada
A proposal aims to replace a group of existing single-story properties at 5840, 5868, and 5870 Yonge Street with a 29-story residential building, which will also contain retail and service areas on the ground floor. Read more.
25 Mar 2016, Buffalo, United States
A revised development plan for the former Freezer Queen warehouse on Buffalo’s waterfront requests the structure be demolished to make way for a 23-story apartment tower. If constructed, it will be Buffalo’s largest residential tower. Read more.
11 Mar 2016, London, United Kingdom
Planning officers have recommended the go-ahead on controversial plans for an 18-story residential tower in Notting Hill Gate, which will involve the demolition of the historic 1950s Newcombe House. Read more.
25 Jan 2016, Manila, Philippines
Architects and other heritage experts have condemned the demolition of the iconic Philippine National Bank building on Escolta, fearing the addition of new high-rise buildings that wouldn't be sustainable for the city. Read more.
16 Dec 2015, Tianjin, China
China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise buildings because they were not built to planning specifications. One of the towers could be the tallest ever intentionally demolished. Read more.
19 Nov 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom
The first phase of demolition at Birmingham’s NatWest Tower is underway. Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP and Sterling Property Ventures won approval to demolish the 22-story tower in August. Read more.
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, 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.