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Demolition Watch

The New York Times has a run-down of the latest in "stealth demolition," basically how to destroy a building without the wrecking ball and with virtually zero debris. In places as crowded as Tokyo, where even a small amount of refuse and noise is likely to agitate the neighborhood, some skyscrapers are demolished slowly, floor-by-floor, by hydraulic shears, a process that's quieter and more environmentally sound. The full NYT treatment—story, video, graphic, and slideshow—is right this way. [NYT]