After two unsuccessful attempts to topple a 115-year-old chimney stack with explosives, construction worker Tim Phifer from Pell City, Alabama, decided to bring it down with an excavator. Bad idea.
Fans of destruct-o-tainment: step right this way for Curbed's deeply satisfying video countdown of "The 10 Best Demolitions of 2014, Judged Purely on Aesthetics." Fireworks! Earnest commentary! Stirring soundtracks! It's all here ... no earplugs required.
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.
I don't know anyone who doesn't like to see a building completely reduced to rubble by a few precisely planned, powerful synchronized explosions. Which is exactly what is not happening in this video taken in the city of Liuzhou, China.