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Building the Future
Part of the Series: Super Skyscrapers
PBS
Commonly known as "the cheese grater," the Leadenhall Building is the pinnacle of London's avant-garde architecture. Designed as a tapered tower with a steel exoskeleton, it's the tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the most innovative. The teams…
Bombardier
Part of the Series: Raw to Ready
PBS
With an average of one take-off every three seconds, short-range regional jets are the backbone of domestic air travel. To withstand this high volume of flights, these jets need to be comfortable, durable, and fuel efficient, just like the Bomardier…
The Vertical City
Part of the Series: Super Skyscrapers
PBS
Shanghai Tower isn't just a skyscraper -- it's a vertical city, a collection of businesses, services and hotels all in one place, fitting a population the size of Monaco into a footprint the size of a football field. Within its…
Bentley
Part of the Series: Raw to Ready
PBS
It's a century-old obsession to find the right raw materials to build a car that is fit for both king and race car driver -- perfectly luxurious and perfectly fast. The Bentley Motor Company has built common raw ingredients into…
One World Trade Center
Part of the Series: Super Skyscrapers
PBS
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere and a famous modern landmark, is engineered to be the safest and strongest skyscraper ever built. This episode follows the final year of exterior construction, culminating with the milestone…
The Billionaire Building
Part of the Series: Super Skyscrapers
PBS
Upon completion, One57, on Manhattan's 57th Street, will rise more than 1,000 feet, making it the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere and boasting spectacular views of Central Park. "One57" follows the teams tasked with creating New York's most…
Komatsu
Part of the Series: Raw to Ready
PBS
To extract precious metals found beneath the earth requires a massive 232-ton, two-story-tall dump truck with a load capacity of 320 tons -- a giant earth-mover like the Komatsu 930E. This amazing engineering achievement is made possible by five essential…
Mack Truck
Part of the Series: Raw to Ready
PBS
The highway truck -- a modern workhorse, a heavy hauler vital to commerce -- carries an 80,000-pound payload and must operate in every condition from sub-zero cold to triple-digit heat. To survive, it must be strong, durable and fuel-efficient, like…