Situated deep in the Cambodian jungle, the majestic temple of Angkor Wat was designed to honour the Hindu god Vishnu and took over 30 years to build. (50 min)
Yemen is home to some of the world’s oldest skyscrapers – contiguous mud-brick tower buildings rising five to nine stories high. Locals in the city of Shibam in Hadramaut say some of the buildings have stood for seven centuries, as a former symbol of political and economic prestige. But the buildings are located on a floodplain, which risks being washed away by torrential rains. As Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports, residents fear preserving the city could prove difficult. (3 min)
This Discovery documentary retells the epic tale of the lost empire high in the Andes that was the Inca. Before the arrival of the spaniards, the Inca people thrived in a wealthy society where all of the people were fed and cared for, creating a stability to build architectural and engineering marvels like Machu Picchu. (45:30 min)
PBS documentary about China’s Three Gorges Dam. Two million Chinese are displaced by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, a hydroelectric river dam that spans the Yangtze River in Sandouping, Yichang, Hubei, China. It is the world’s largest electricity-generating plant of any kind.
This PBS e2 episode explores residential reuse of structural components from Boston’s Big Dig. The architects are SINGLE speed DESIGN. (25:44 min)
This episode follows architect and activist Sergio Palleroni as he continues his mission to provide architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crisis regions. Palleroni already has four global initiatives underway aimed at providing architecture students with hands-on field experience building housing for the poor. In East Austin, Texas, and Yagui, Mexico, he and his student teams are helping rural communities build thousands of homes while teaching them to build their own housing and reduce the cost of building by being resourceful. (25:45 min)
A breathtaking megastructure and an ambitious engineering feat, Palm Jumeirah is part of an even bigger plan to transform Dubai into one of the world’s premiere tourist destinations. Besides the construction of the island, there is also the challenge of building a small city, including 4,500 luxury houses and apartments, 29 hotels, miles of roads, and all the utilities required by the thousands of people who will be living on and using this island including water, electricity, gas and sewage. Segment 1
Megastructure is a documentary series about huge engineering projects. This episode looks at the construction of the world’s tallest hotel, the Burj Al-Arab off the coast of Dubai. Rising 321 metres from an artificial island in the Arabian Gulf, this sail-like structure boasts numerous technical innovations, including the largest fabric wall and atrium in the world, and a ‘floating’ restaurant. Segment 1 (10:00 min)