Extreme Engineering Season 1
Extreme Engineering unveils some of the most ambitious architectural plans of our times. Some are theoretical; others are in the works. But all must face challenges that stretch the definition of what's possible.
Episode 1: Tokyo's Sky City (Apr/13/2003)
A building that would be a mile high and incorporate 24 steel, concrete and glass “plateaus”, each 40 stories high and stacked on top of each other.
Episode 2: Subways in America (Apr/15/2003)
Examining the transit system of New York City.
Episode 3: Is missing, sorry to say :-(
Episode 4:City in a Pyramid (Apr/23/2003)
Examining plans for a pyramid-shaped city one and a quarter miles high, covering 10 square miles and containing dozens of 100-story skyscrapers.
Episode 5: Bridging the Bering Strait (Apr/30/2003)
Examining plans to build a bridge across the Bering Strait that would link Asia and North America. Included: special reinforcements to allow the bridge to withstand the Arctic weather.
Episode 6: Tunneling Under the Alps (May/07/2003)
Detailing a 56-mile tunnel through the Swiss Alps, and the technology required to penetrate the mountains safely.
Episode 7: Building Hong Kong's Airport (May/14/2003)
Examining construction of Hong Kong's massive Chek Lap Kok airport, where the main terminal is 3/4 of a mile long. Also: a giant seawall around the airport to deflect storm surges caused by typhoons.
Episode 8: Holland's Barriers to the Sea (May/21/2003)
Examining the Delta Works and Measlandkering in Holland, computer-controlled sea barriers, floodgates and dams designed to protect against sea surges and hurricanes.
Episode 9: Boston's Big Dig (May/28/2003)
Examining the Massachusetts Central Artery-Third Harbor Tunnel project, an $11.6-billion undertaking designed to replace Boston's highways with roadways that run underground and beneath the waterways. Included: new construction technologies.
Episode 10: Widening the Panama Canal (Jun/04/2003)
Examining plans to modernize the Panama Canal by widening it, removing 105 million cubic feet of earth by blasting and drilling, ultimately allowing two ships to pass side-by-side.