Thursday, August 6, 2009

Extreme Engineering Season 6 - Discovery | Build It Bigger

Discovery Channel – Extreme Engineering [Season 6] aka Build It Bigger

Extreme Engineering is a documentary television series aired on the Discovery Channel and The Science Channel which features futuristic and ongoing engineering projects. As of 2007, the show aired its sixth season. The show has been hosted by Danny Forster since season 4. The show was renamed Build It Bigger in the US but retains its name when broadcast in Europe.

Go inside one of the most difficult and dangerous tunneling projects in the world. Outside Los Angeles, Danny heads underground with the team attempting to dig two huge tunnels that will supply freshwater to Southern California. Burrowing 1,000 feet under a mountain range, the project has faced cave-ins and floods — not to mention being prone to earthquakes as it's being constructed along the San Andreas Fault.
Danny Forster's been on job sites all over the world. He's smart as a whip and he's great at figuring out and explaining how the toughest jobs in the world get done. Now Danny goes to construction boot camp. For one week, Danny's going to get a crash course in everything from heavy equipment operation to how to use a shovel. Under the skeptical eye of guys who know what it's like to take a green kid, break him down and then build him up again, Danny will gain a new appreciation for the sheer skill and persistence it takes to master the building trades.

Ep 3 (EE40) WORLD'S TALLEST SKYSCRAPER | Kohn Pedersen Fox
Soon to be the tallest skyscraper in the world, the Shanghai World Financial Center now stands 77 stories tall — and it's growing a floor a week. But the job of building this monster is incredibly tough. Besides a near crippling fear of heights, Danny has to contend with the onset of frigid winter winds born on an approaching typhoon — all while hanging on the outside of the skyscraper, 1,000 feet in the air.

At Kentucky's Fort Knox Armor Center, Danny gets behind the wheel of the U.S. Army's most potent land weapon: the $5 million M1 Abrams tank. He also visits the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama, where in just 55 days a battleworn Abrams can be made good as new. Find out if Danny has what it takes to become a tanker — the special breed of soldier that operates this 70-ton machine.

Buckle up with Danny Forster as he takes us on a wild ride into the realm of roller-coaster construction. He meets with engineers who create every exacting detail and goes on site to lend a hand in building world-class coasters.

Ep 6 (EE43) City of Culture, Spain | Peter Eisenman
On a small hill overlooking Santiago de Compostela, the site of a famous medieval pilgimage destination, a complex of buildings is taking shape using the lastest 21st technology. Due to open in 2012, The City of Culture will have taken ten years to build, at a cost of half a billion dollars. Renowned architect Peter EIsenman designed each buidling to blend the area's medieval roots with the futurist constructions taking shape. He did this by mapping the five main pilgrimage roads that lead to the old cathedral, moved this series of grid lines to the top of the mountain and merged their layout with the topography of the hilltop. By employing the same local stone and masonry techniques used in medieval times, Eisenman has embedded the genetic code of the old city within his modern design.

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Ep 6 (EE43) City of Culture, Spain | Peter Eisenman

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