Controlled Demolition Incorporated is a family-owned company that demolishes bridges, buildings, missiles, and other structures around the world. Their Web site features a breathtaking video of the orchestrated collapse of the Seattle Kingdome. Company head Mark Loizeaux was recently interviewed by New Scientist:
"It has to be the right job in the first place, the right explosive, the right pattern of laying the charges, and sometimes, which sounds odd, the right repairs to bring it down as we want, so no one or no other structure is harmed. And by differentially controlling the velocity of failure in different parts of the structure, you can make it walk, you can make it spin, you can make it dance."
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.