The HMS Queen Elizabeth is a ship of record breaking proportions with cutting edge naval and aerial engineering.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, the world's tallest and widest steel arched bridge, was completed in 1932, more than a century after its initial proposal. Connecting the northern suburbs with the city centre, its completion brought together a city divided not just by water but by cultural differences. As engineer Rob Bell reveals, John Bradfield was so determined to build the bridge that he dedicated more than 20 years of his life to its construction, travelling the world to employ the very best builders and engineers, who utilised the very latest technologies and techniques of their time.
For more than 70 years, Frank Lloyd Wright showed his countrymen new ways to build their homes and see the world around them. He created some of the most monumental, and some of the most intimate spaces in America. He designed everything: banks and resorts, office buildings and churches, a filling station and a synagogue, a beer garden and an art museum. From his first house to his final masterpiece, follow Frank Lloyd Wright's extraordinary career, his life, and 20th century American architecture.
Justine and Greg are busy with three kids and high-pressure jobs that often take them away from home. It's their dream to have a garden sanctuary to escape, relax and recharge in. Can they find sanity from the insanity?
China is increasingly turning to technology to meet the needs of its burgeoning population. Will robots help the population, or put them out of work?
In this new six-part series, as part of Britains biggest self-build project, Kevin McCloud follows 10 households as they embark on an epic five-year mission to construct their own homes and create a brand-new street. Terry and Olwen and their neighbour Lynn, all three of retirement age and the most senior builders on the street, set out to create two unique, bespoke new homes. Terry and Olwen's home is planned to be a giant blue steel wedge forming a bold bookend at the beginning of the street. While the design of Lynn's home proves to be as quirky as she is. But during the construction process, these old friends face serious structural challenges and physical hardship, as well as seeing their relationship severely tested.
Phillip and Maria are awaiting the birth of their first child and the creation of a lakeside garden. Sounds idyllic, right? However, delays, bad weather and budget constraints conspire to keep the expecting couple ever waiting.
See how everything from hand-crafted to factory-made products are put together.
Explore the untold story of the personal battles that gave rise to the multibillion-dollar video game industry. This is a tale of brilliant innovations, colossal failures, and ego-driven rivalries on a massive scale. It is a 50-year-long, multi-generation epic featuring corporate coups, industrial espionage and the promise of unimaginable riches being just one cartridge away. Told in chronological order and featuring the sons of the brilliant inventor of the first video game console, Ralph Baer, the co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, and many more experts in the gaming industry, this documentary highlights the programmers, engineers, management and business practices they followed to compete against each other and become the gaming tycoons we know today.
New documentary series that goes behind the scenes at Britain's biggest and busiest international airport. This episode follows Heathrow staff struggling to turn around hundreds of arriving planes, and get them back into the air on time. Cleaners, ground staff and flight crew race to get the world's biggest passenger plane ready for departure. Meanwhile Heathrow prepares to open a 2 billion pound new terminal, and welcomes a very special royal guest. Airport duty manager Andy is called on to defuse a major international protest, and a team of workers battle the elements as they attempt to resurface the runway overnight in time for the first flight of the morning.
Solar and wind power, skyscraper farms and vertical forests; China is looking for sustainable, green solutions to some of its biggest challenges.
New documentary series that goes behind the scenes at Britain's biggest and busiest international airport. This episode follows Heathrow staff racing against the clock to process thousands of passengers arriving from 84 different countries. Airside Safety Officer Glenn and his colleagues work closely with Air Traffic Control to keep Heathrow's two runways open and clear of debris. Meanwhile, staff from the Animal Reception Centre welcome a variety of weird and wonderful animals - from pet ferrets to a wild tiger. Inside the terminals, Heathrow staff deal with passengers including a man who is stuck living at the airport after being deported from Thailand, and a family whose young relatives have got lost in Arrivals.
Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan are in Mexico City, uncovering the hidden systems and armies of people that help run this sprawling megalopolis of over 22 million people. It is crowded, it is congested and this haphazard city sits in a major earthquake zone, but the people here have a strength of spirit that allows them to defy everything nature can throw at them. Anita discovers how they are trying to stop this megacity from drowning in its own waste, while Ade heads to the edge of the sprawl to find out about the daily struggle for clean, affordable drinking water. Dan reveals how you build a skyscraper in an earthquake zone and learns the hard way that Mexican street food can be hot! Mexico City has grown at a staggering pace. How on earth does this epic sprawl survive its many daily battles?
For the first time, Bentley invite cameras behind the scenes. We meet their staff and customers in the factory, the showrooms and the secret upgrades department.
More than half of us now live in cities. Crowded, chaotic and bursting with life - these are places under pressure. In this series, Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan go behind the scenes to reveal the hidden systems and armies of people running some of the greatest cities on earth. This time, they are in Hong Kong, where space is at a premium and real estate is the most expensive in the world, so Ade heads into the high rises to find people living in tiny spaces no larger than a cupboard. This former British colony, handed back to the Chinese in 1997, is a city driven by trade and commerce and Dan discovers how it is adapting to life in China's embrace, while Anita learns about the city's many traditions - from bamboo scaffolding to banishing bad spirits on the daily commute. Ade heads to the races at Happy Valley, and Dan discovers the history of the origins of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation - HSBC. Hong Kong is crowded, chaotic and facing an uncertain future. How does this city of contrasts manage the delicate daily balancing act that keeps it on track?
Follow the tragedy of the 2019 Notre Dame cathedral fire and the battle to save it, minute-by-minute through the actions of the first responders.
A couple dream of a waterfront home with a resort style garden. They also dream of both jobs finishing at the same time. They've green lit work on the garden while the house is still under construction. A good idea, in theory.
Stewart and Sandra lost their home and garden in the devastating 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Now it's time to start again with a spectacular new garden designed by one of Australia's most well-known designers, Paul Bangay.
Watch as an oil rig under one of the planet's roughest seas is taken apart at a purpose-built facility in Britain.
We often think of Napoleon Bonaparte as the incredible legislator and war leader, but we tend to forget that he was a prolific patron and instigated many constructions that are anchored in the Parisian landscape. The Arc de Triomphe, the Vendome Column, the Palais de la Bourse, the church of La Madeleine, the building of bridges and piercing of canals. This film tells the story of these megastructures that we owe to Napoleon. How many architects, sculptors, workers, had to be called for these constructions? How to build such imposing sites in the heart of Paris? How long did these construction works last as they were often disturbed by an unstable political context? Why were these changes necessary? What innovations in terms of materials and what technical prowess their constructions engendered? Examine these questions. Let's throw it back to the extraordinary transformations of the First Empire, a precursory work that will be extended and amplified during the Second Empire.
Presenter Michael McCoy visits Frank and Mary-Anne D'Aquila from Essendon, Victoria, who are in pursuit of a family garden complete with pool, plants and an entertaining space.
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