Watch a bridge get quickly and neatly demolished in this timelapse

This footage from a few years back shows a bridge in Bedfordshire, England getting demolished in less than 15 hours. Basically, a night’s work was all it took to vaporize a steel and concrete structure. It’s really neat to see the progression and to see all the machines working in tandem. It’s also just really damn… »10/28/15 10:00pm10/28/15 10:00pm


Being a combat engineer in the army is really bad ass

Being an engineer isn’t usually associated with being a bad ass. In fact, it’s probably one of the gigs furthest from badassery! But here’s a job description that’s totally bad ass: you and your team go into combat zones and build or demolish things while people are shooting at you and looking to kill you. That’s a… »7/31/15 8:40pm7/31/15 8:40pm

Steel From the Demolished Bay Bridge Will Be Reborn as Public Art

With the shiny new span of the Bay Bridge complete, California is now in the throes of a second, parallel construction project—or deconstruction project, really. The old Bay Bridge span, some 58,000 tons of steel and 245,000 tons of concrete, must come down. This week, officials decided that some of the bridge's steel… »10/03/14 7:20pm10/03/14 7:20pm

Glasgow Will Demolish Its Tallest Buildings Live On International TV

When the Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow this July, the city wants to put its best foot forward. The city thus has plans to blow up the Red Road flats, an infamous and now largely abandoned housing project, as part of its opening ceremony. A growing backlash, however, asks whether dynamiting the Red Road flats… »4/07/14 3:00pm4/07/14 3:00pm

9 of the Most Beautiful Buildings We Ever Tore Down

The years between 1880 and 1920 changed American cities completely: From elevators to air conditioning to electricity, the monumental buildings born during this period seemed like living things, humming with life. But as quickly as they rose, many of them were torn down—victims of the same progress that pushed them up. »2/18/14 9:20am2/18/14 9:20am

The Two-Year Plan To Demolish San Francisco's Old Bay Bridge

It’s been almost a month now since the brand new eastern span of the Bay Bridge officially opened for traffic—24 years and nearly $6.4 billion since 1989’s Loma Prieta earthquake collapsed a section of the original. Now they stand side-by-side, but not for (too) long; a “construction and demolition” plan is underway… »9/25/13 11:44am9/25/13 11:44am

Whoa, This Floor-by-Floor Demolition of a Skyscraper Is Amazingly Peaceful

When buildings grow past their prime, they usually reach their demolition fate—a cobbled, dusty mess—through dynamite explosion. It's a crashing spectacle of destruction. Loud, angry and ruthless. But maybe it doesn't have to be like that. Maybe it can be subtle, quite and peaceful. Maybe it can be a strategic… »1/16/13 11:00pm1/16/13 11:00pm