I’ve just had a thought… how are skyscrapers replaced? Think of the Twin Towers in New York: if they hadn’t been knocked down by terrorists, surely they would have come to the end of their lives eventually, so how would they have been dismantled?
Thinking about it, I suppose they could do it in two ways: a controlled demolition, or a sort of peaceful, drawn out deconstruction with cranes and that sort of stuff. From the 9/11 attacks, we’ve seen what a “controlled demolition”-like situation would entail – a lot of destruction around. But I’ve never seen a skyscraper being retired quietly either. Maybe there aren’t any old enough yet.
Well, seeing as I can’t be bothered to Google, I thought I’d just express my ponderings.